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 has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.
Shea Butter Benefits
- Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
- Reduces Inflammation: According to this study, due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter is anti-inflammatory. One compound, in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
- Skin Smoothing: It aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and 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.
21 Uses of Shea Butter
- Dry skin
- Skin rash
- Skin peeling, after tanning
- Blemishes and wrinkles
- Itching skin
- Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave
- Small skin wounds
- Skin cracks
- Tough or rough skin (on feet.)
- Cold weather
- Frost bites
- Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
- Insect bites
- Healthy skin
- Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
- For before and after strenuous exercise
- Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
- Skin damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems.
Shea butter is actually a miracle worker. It’s also one product which #naturalistas hold so close to their hearts, to grow their hair immensely. You can learn more about making the right choice when purchasing here.