Benefits of shea butter

Shea butter is found on the ingredients list of many of the richest and most popular face creams on the market. Few people know its origins or its wide range of benefits of shea butter that make it such a great addition to your skin care routine.

Shea butter fat that is derived from the kernels of the shea tree that is grows in sub-Saharan Africa. Shea butter has been used there for many generations as it well known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is an effective pain reliever and has been used in the manufacture of cosmetics for many years.

Shea butter is ivory in colour and remains solid – even at warm temperatures. It contains a combination of vitamins and fatty acids, but no chemicals, so it can be used on all skin types especially as it is low in proteins too, which can cause skin allergies.

Shea butter has five main benefits for your skin:

1. Shea butter hydrates your skin

Shea butter is an emollient so it softens and hydrates the skin. The fatty acids contained in shea butter can be quickly absorbed by the skin and they rapidly produce moisture, giving the skin a plump and youthful appearance.  It is for this reason that it is a key ingredient in many face moisturisers and body lotions as shea butter prevents the skin from dryness..  Importantly, shea butter also protects skin from pollutants in the environment.

2. Shea butter soothes skin problems

Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties so it is the perfect choice to soothe and moisturise problem skin. Shea butter can soothe  eczema and psoriasis and is also beneficial to use on sun burnt skin. Shea butter is found in many special treatment creams for skin problems.

3. Shea butter soothes skin cuts, grazes and scars

Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and these can accelerate the healing time of cuts and grazes. Shea butter is also antibacterial and antifungal  which helps to prevent skin infections. Shea butter is found in many special products for improving scars and has been found to be successful in preventing new scars from becoming keloid.

4. Shea butter prevents spots

Skin that is prone to acne is usually oily, but using shea butter helps balance the skin so that it doesn’t produce too much sebum – which is what clogs the skin pores and causes the spots. Shea butter prevents over-production of sebum.  Instead, shea butter has antiseptic properties and will keep the skin well nourished – but without it being oily.

5. Shea butter- great for anti-ageing

The regular use of shea butter as a moisturiser is very beneficial as it contains a number of antioxidants and is also rich in vitamins A and D. Shea butter also Shea butter contains triterpenes which are natural compounds that boost the production of collagen which keeps the skin plump with a healthy sheen which makes it look youthful. Another reason why  skin moisturised with shea butter looks good is because the shea butter promotes cell regeneration and because of this, the layer of dead cells on the surface of your skin is kept to a minimum and it is these that cause dull-looking skin. Trials are currently taking place to establish how effective shea butter is as an anti-ageing treatment –  and the initial results look very promising

Why not add face moisturising cream containing shea butter to your shopping list? Your skin will look noticeably better in just a few weeks…

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