Shea Butter

Shea butter is an ivory or cream colour fat derived from the nut of the African Shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa). Shea butter is an edible fat rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F and its numerous benefits date back to ancient times.1 In fact, the healing properties of shea butter are so powerful that in the Wolof language of Senegal, the Shea tree is called the karite tree, meaning “The Tree of Life.”

Shea butter has taken off in a big way in recent years due to its remarkable moisturizing and healing properties. Shea butter is proven to have antioxidant properties due to its tocopherol content. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well thanks to the triterpene alcohols in it.

Moisturizing

The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils. Shea butter is a highly effective moisturizer for all-over body care. Its biochemical properties mimic the characteristics found in the moisturizers released by our very own sebaceous glands. And, since it’s a naturally occurring lipid, it has natural emollient properties.

Reduces Inflammation

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

Shea butter 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.

Treats Acne and Blemishes, And Reduces Scars

Shea butter is good at preventing as well as treating acne, including adult acne. It also helps lighten and reduce the appearance of redness and scarring associated with acne. Shea butter is naturally rich in vitamin A, so if it bothers you to use harsh chemicals for getting rid of your acne, shea butter offers a natural alternative with the same retinol-rich properties.

Soothes Eczema and Dermatitis

Shea butter comes highly recommended for those who suffer from eczema and dermatitis. Because it’s laden with moisturizing agents including vitamins, regular use of shea butter can help reduce the dryness, itching, and scaliness associated with eczema or dermatitis.