Let's talk about one of our all time favourite ingredients, shea butter!
Shea butter has been used as a popular cosmetic ingredient for years due to its high concentration of vitamins and easy-to-spread consistency. The occlusive substance is made from nuts, fats and oils and penetrates the skin’s protective barrier which makes it a fantastic product for smoothing, soothing and conditioning the skin.
The concept for shea butter comes from Ghanaian women who have used the high fat and texture rich recipe to nourish and protect their skin from environmental damage for centuries. It is an ideal ingredient for those with dry skin as it seals water into the skin and is incredibly concentrated, so the skin stays moisturised for longer.
Unlike most tree nut products, shea butter is very low in allergy triggering proteins, making it appropriate for nearly every skin type and condition. It doesn’t contain any chemical irritants, clog pores, or dry out the skin, so it really is a product fit for the whole family.
Shea butter is also high in vitamins A and E, which promotes strong antioxidant activity and protects skin from free radicals which can lead to premature ageing and dull skin. The contents of the product has also been known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, help boost collagen production, promote cell regeneration, prevent acne, soothe sunburn, and reduce stretch-marks and scarring.
All of these benefits are due to the chemical makeup of shea butter, which contains ingredients that balance oils on your skin, antioxidant vitamins that promote circulation, the fatty part of the shea nut that nourishes and conditions the skin, and the waxy part of the shea nut that locks in the moisture.
The bottom line is really that shea butter should be in everyone’s bathroom cupboard. It is packed with nutrients that can enhance your natural complexion and allow your skin to glow.
If you experience any side effects connected to a shea butter product, please discontinue use and consult your trusted healthcare professional for further steps.