What Is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.
Shea Butter Benefits
Studies show that it is exceptionally good at penetrating the skin and is highly emollient contains 60% fat. There is also a high level of cinnamic acid which makes Shea butter a natural sunscreen. It has anti-inflammatory properties that make it valuable in treating arthritis. Shea butter has powerful moisturizing, anti-aging, protecting and healing benefits to the skin.
- Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. It is an excellent moisturizer for the face and the body. Its fat content is responsible for its emollient and humectant properties. It locks in the moisture in the skin and keeps it hydrated for long. It penetrates the skin easily, without clogging the pores, and is effective for dry skin.
- Reduces Inflammation: Due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. These properties make it beneficial for the improvement of skin conditions that result from an increase in inflammatory compounds. Generalized inflammations from conditions like dermatitis and rosacea can be alleviated by using shea butter on the affected area. Sunburns, rashes, cuts, and scrapes that can result in swelling can also be treated using this butter. It is also beneficial for some people with acne
- Healing Properties: Shea Butter contains several fatty acids and plant sterols such as oleic, palmitic, stearic, and linolenic acids. These oil-soluble components do not undergo saponification or convert into soap on coming in contact with alkalis. Shea butter is more non-saponifiable than other nut oils and fats, thus imparting it great healing potential. Raw, unrefined shea butter is effective in curing skin rashes, skin peeling after tanning, scars, stretch marks, frost bites, burns, athletes foot, insect bites and stings, and acne
- Anti-Aging And Anti-Free Radical Agent: Shea butter is considered as one of the best anti-aging agents for the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen, the youthful scaffolding protein in the skin. The vitamins A and E found in this butter keep the skin supple, nourished, and radiant. It contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long-term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction. If used regularly, it reduces wrinkles and also prevents premature wrinkles and facial lines. Its anti-aging properties can also be attributed to its ability to increase circulation to the skin and promote cell renewal.These vitamins, along with catechins, also exert an antioxidant effect against free radicals that damage the skin. These free radicals are often found in our environment in pollutants and irritants. The sun’s rays can also increase the free radicals in our skin, which can easily damage the skin cells. The cinnamic acid esters in the shea fat prevent damage from these compounds by giving your skin an antioxidant boost
- Provides Relief To Itchy And Peeling Skin: Both the moisturizing and the anti-inflammatory properties of shea butter are beneficial and the moisturizing fatty acids provide relief to skin.
- Restores The Elasticity Of The Skin: Since shea butter oils and fats don’t turn into soap the vitamin F in this butter are vital ingredients for maintaining the skin’s elasticity. It also improves the production of collagen in the skin, therefore, restores the natural elasticity of the skin besides hydrating, softening, and beautifying it as well as reduced wrinkles and blemishes. It can dramatically help prevent and reduce stretch marks formed during pregnancy due to weight gain and/or weight loss. These marks are formed when the skin stretches beyond its elastic capacity. The application of shea butter will restore the natural elasticity of the skin and also improve collagen production. It is a natural emollient. Daily massage of the affected area with this skin healing butter can lighten stretch marks
- Reduce Razor Irritation And Bumps: Shaving hair using razors can often leave your skin irritated and itchy. As a result of the irritation, it might even develop bumps after shaving. Shea butter can help reduce this as it moisturizes and soothes the irritated skin. **You can also apply our Whipped Body Butter a day prior to shaving to smoothen the skin and hair. This will make the shaving process easier and faster and doesn’t leave any irritated spots behind.
- Repairs Damaged Hair: Shea butter can help restore this lost moisture. It also protects the hair from harsh weather conditions and the harmful free radicals in the air and water. Moreover, shea butter has a low SPF that is sufficient to protect the hair from sun damage caused due to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. It repairs the damage that has already been caused by the harsh weather and the sun. This is largely due to the fact that once absorbed, shea butter coats the hair shaft so that it is protected from a heat tool or any other damaging material being passed along the hair. This is particularly beneficial for processed or colored hair. It also protects the hair against salt and chlorine when applied before swimming
- Prevents Hair Loss: The fatty acids of shea butter condition the scalp and hair. It provides many essential nutrients that improve both scalp and hair health. These will make your hair follicles stronger and reduce hair fall and hair loss. Its anti-inflammatory properties help treat scalp conditions with these compounds, in turn, reducing hair loss. Shea butter helps your hair to grow thicker and have a natural shine when you use it.
- Soothes Dry And Itchy Scalp: Shea butter anti-inflammatory qualities and rich fat is not only helpful for the skin, it is extremely effective in providing relief from a dry scalp, scalp psoriasis, and other scalp conditions.
- Treats Split Ends And Breakage: Shea butter exerts moisturizing and regenerative effects on the hair and scalp. This strengthens the hair strands and reduces breakage. Also, being rich in vitamins A and E, it soothes dry hair and mends split ends.
- Natural Conditioner: Vitamins A and E makes shea butter excellent to moisturize your hair from the roots to the tips. It is highly effective in locking in moisture, without leaving the hair greasy or heavy.
- Keeps Curls In Place: Shea butter is great for softening and revitalizing brittle hair. Due to its non-greasy nature, it helps to control and spread the excess oil in the scalp. Massaging the hair with generous amounts of shea butter can give you soft, silky, and luscious tresses. This benefit of shea butter is applicable for dry as well as fragile, curly hair. Shea butter should be applied twice a week for hair growth. This will improve the hair texture and moisturize the hair. It has wide usage in curly hair treatments due to its emollient qualities.
Caution: Before Using
Unrefined shea butter may contain trace particles of the shea nut.