Shea butter is a creamy substance that is extracted from the nuts of the Karite trees that grow in certain regions of East and West Africa. It is regarded as a beauty essential because of its intensive moisturizing properties. But as well as being an excellent moisturizer, Shea butter has many other properties.
Because it contains essential fatty acids, Shea butter makes an excellent moisturizer, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and smooth. It absorbs quickly and easily into the skin which means that it starts to take effect as soon as you apply it.
Many commercial moisturizers and body lotions contain Shea butter, but the longer Shea butter sits on a shelf, the less potent it becomes, highly processed Shea butter will also be much less beneficial to the skin.
The fatty acid content means that it is an excellent moisturizer during the cold months, adequately protecting your skin and lips from the harsh elements. It has also been shown to help reduce the look of scars and stretch marks due to its moisturizing properties.
She butter contains levels of vitamin A, E, and F, which means that it can act as a skin healer, helping the skin to repair itself after any scars or injuries. Vitamin E is essential for the skin’s healing, which is why it is in so many scar serums. It has also been shown to help manage conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, the high levels of moisture found in Shea butter can help ease tightness and relieve the itching often associated with these conditions.
An itchy, dry and flaky scalp can be relieved by applying small amounts of Shea butter and because it absorbs into the skin so quickly, it does not leave a greasy residue on the hair or scalp and it will not cause dandruff. It can also help to relieve dry hair as it infuses it with beneficial vitamins and oils.
Its antioxidant properties mean that Shea butter makes an excellent anti-aging cream, it helps to protect the skin from harmful free radicals and exposure to the elements. Apply daily for best results.
Dry skin can often result in patchy, uneven coloring, Shea butters intensive moisturizing properties will help to eliminate patchiness and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it looking a more uniform color.
Certain areas of the body are prone to becoming dry and flaky such as the knees, the elbows, and the ankles. Shea butter can help to reduce dryness and leave skin looking and feeling healthier. Apply after exfoliating for maximum effect.