Home Blog
A woman holds shea nuts on a shea butter production line for the French cosmetics company L'Occitane in Leo, south-central Burkina Faso, on January 24, 2014. L'Occitane has been working with women producing shea butter since the 1980s with the objective of co-development. In 2006, the L'Occitane Foundation chose to build on its partnership with the women of Burkina Faso by focusing its activities on supporting women's entrepreneurship. Based in French southern town of Manosque, "L'Occitane en Provence" is present in 90 countries, marketed within 2,000 shops around the world and generates more than 90 percent of its sales outside of France. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE        (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)
Apr
08

Posted by Mekirin -(K) / Blog / 0Comments

What is Shea Butter? Shea Butter is a skin super food that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for […]

What is Shea Butter?

Shea Butter is a skin super food that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.

Shea Butter Benefits

  • Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
  • Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
  • Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

Shea Butter Uses

Shea butter is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients and can be used daily in many different forms.

Some of our favorite uses for Shea Butter:

  1. By itself for face and body as a natural moisturizer
  2. To ward off stretch marks
  3. As the best under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
  4. For massage butter
  5. In velvety soft whipped body butter
  6. As a base for homemade deodorant
  7. As a natural baby-care product
  8. By itself on the lips or in homemade lip balms
  9. To improve skin elasticity (some even say it helps with cellulite)
  10. On the hair or scalp as a mask
  11. After sun or beach exposure to replenish skin
  12. On the eyelids before applying makeup to make it last longer
  13. As a natural cuticle cream
  14. On scars to naturally help collagen production
  15. On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu

What Kind of Shea Butter is Best?

The best Shea Butter is raw, unrefined, Grade A Shea butter. There are many refined Shea butters that are odor free and bleached to be completely white, but the refining process removes some of the beneficial properties.

All of our shea butters are

  • raw/unrefined
  • unbleached
  • organic
  • Grade A

Shea butter is for external use only. Ask a doc or dermatologist before using, especially with underlying skin conditions. Those with nut allergies should avoid or check with an allergist.

By:Mekirin -(K)

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

*

KEEP UP WITH CHOICE OF NATURE

Email *
Top