Raw Shea Butter has been one of the leading ingredients included in my skin care products. It has a lot of benefits to the skin and hair. Shea Butter is a fatty oil that’s solid at room temperature. Its origin comes from nuts extracted from a shea tree in Africa. It has moisturizing, hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that absorbs quickly into the skin. Shea butter is used in creams, butters, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and as emulsifiers. Vitamin E and vitamin A protects the skin form the suns ultraviolet rays. Shea butter carries these properties making it a mild sunscreen. It also can be used an anti-aging property because of the vitamin E that it contains.
Unrefined or raw shea butter is shea butter in the purest form. They have refined shea butter meaning is processed and deodorized. When using refined shea butter, you don’t get the nutritional value of shea butter. A lot of places that put shea butter on the market claiming to be organic isn’t really organic. You can tell that is refined because of the color and texture. It will appear smooth and white. The nutritional value has been destroyed when it has been through the deodorizing phase.
For the skin, she butters has great benefits. It moisturizes dry skin. It locks in the moisture and hydrates the skin for a long time when using it. Its nourishing properties can also help with dryness and cracking skin as well. It also treats acne and blemishes. The healing properties that are present in shea butter (oleic, palmitic, stearic, linolenic acid) helps with acne, blemishes, rashes, skin peeling after tanning, scars, stretch marks, frost bites, burns, athletes’ foot, insect bites and stings and many other skin issues. She butter can reduce skin inflammation. The cinnamic properties that is present in this ingredient has agents that fight against inflamed skin. Skin conditions such as rosacea, cut, scrapes, sunburns, or any other skin condition that result in swelling can be reduced using shea butter. Psoriasis is another skin condition that shea butter helps relieves itching and inflammation. It helps improves elasticity in the skin and also, helps with razor bumps and irritation. Shea butter is a great agent for lip care and diaper rashes too.
Shea butter can have great benefits for your hair too. It helps repair damaged hair. Shea butter can help restore the moisture that has been stripped from your hair by straighteners, perms, curlers, and other chemicals that people put in their hair that’s damaging to their strands. It protects the hair from sun damage and other harsh weather conditions. It can also protect against salt and chlorine when your going swimming. It helps prevent hair loss by making your hair follicles stronger. It treats split ends and breakage because of the vitamin A and E that is present in it. It hydrates the dry hair and mends the split ends. It can help revitalize curly hair if you suffer from frizzy, dry, and brittle curls.
In my skin care products, I am using shea butter in some of the body butters I am creating and some of the hair products. I feel that this is an important ingredient to use due to the numerous benefits it has for your skin and hair.