What is Shea Butter?

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.

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