What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. It’s solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white colour.
Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries as a great ingredient for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning skin and hair because of its high concentration of
- linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic fatty acids, that balance oils on your skin
- Vitamins A, E, and F, antioxidant vitamins that promote circulation and healthy skin cell growth
- Triglycerides, the fatty part of the shea nut that nourishes and conditions skin and hair
- Cetyl esters, the waxy part of the shea nut butter that conditions and locks in moisture
Why we use Shea butter as a key ingredient in our formulations?
Safe for all skin types
Shea butter is technically a tree nut product. But unlike most tree nut products, it’s very low in the proteins that can trigger allergies.
Best Moisturizing effect
When you apply shea topically, its oils and fatty acids are rapidly absorbed into your skin. They act as a “refatting” agent, restoring lipids and rapidly creating moisture.
This restores the barrier between your skin and the outside environment, holding moisture in and reducing the risk of dryness.
Collagen production booster
Shea butter contains triterpenes. These naturally occurring chemical compounds are thought to deactivate collagen fiber destruction.
Promotes cell regeneration
Shea’s moisturizing and antioxidant properties work together to help skin generate healthy new cells.
Your body is constantly making new skin cells and getting rid of dead skin cells. You actually get rid of anywhere between 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells each day.
Dead skin cells sit on the top. New skin cells form at the bottom of the upper layer of skin (epidermis).
With the right moisture balance on the surface of your skin, you’ll have fewer dead skin cells in the way of fresh cell regeneration in the epidermis.
Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
By boosting collagen production and promoting new cell generation, shea butter may help reduce what researchers call photoaging, the wrinkles and fine lines that environmental stress and aging can create on skin.
Prevents hair breakage
Shea butter enhances hair hydration, strengthens it and prevents breakage of its ends.
Soothes conditions like eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis
Shea’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe skin and relieve itching. This may prove especially helpful for inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema psoriasis
Shea also absorbs rapidly, which could mean quick relief for flare-ups.
Helps to soothe sunburn and other skin burns
Shea’s anti-inflammatory components may reduce redness and swelling. Its fatty acid components may also soothe the skin by retaining moisture during the healing process.
Argan oil is a natural oil extracted from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa), which is native to Morocco. The long-standing practice involves removing the thick peel and fleshy pulp of the argan fruit and then cracking the nut by hand to obtain the oil-rich kernels inside, the end result rich in fatty acids, Vitamin E and antioxidants, is an extremely nourishing oil for hair and skin, easily penetrates the skin to boost moisture and activate the creation of natural lipids (aka fats) to protect the skin barrier
Argan oil skin benefits
- Anti-Aging & Nourishing
- Reduce wrinkles
- Brighten skin and fade dark spots
- Add moisture and hydration
Argan oil hair benefits
- Moisturize hair and scalp
- Prevent heat damage
- Boost shine
- Reduce frizz
- Boost hair growth
Frankincense ''The Liquid of Gold''
Frankincense oil comes from the resin of the various types of Boswellia trees grown in Somalia, Oman and India. It has been used for more than 3,000 years. It has long been used in Ayurveda, in traditional Chinese medicine, and even in Cleopatra’s legendary beauty routine due to its powerful benefits for the skin.
One of the active compounds of frankincense essential oil, alpha-pinene, is believed to be behind its various health and anti-ageing benefits. Frankincense essential oil helps speed up wound-healing process and prevents scar formation and reduce the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. The ability of frankincense essential oil to speed up the cellular renewal process suggests that this plant extract triggers the release of transforming growth factor - beta (TGF-β) in our body. The recent studies showed that TGF-β rejuvenates skin cells and reduces the signs of ageing.
Other amazing skin benefits of Frankincense include:
- Strong anti-inflammatory effects
- Combats aging and hyperpigmentation
- Tightens, brightens and lifts skin
- Strengthens skin and improve its elasticity
- Reduces the appearance of scars, acne, and treats wounds
- Helps with defence mechanisms against bacteria and blemishes
- Reduces redness and skin irritation, while also producing a more even skin tone.