Updated: Oct 12, 2020
Shea butter is a fat that is extracted from shea tree nuts. It’s off-white or ivory-colored and has a creamy consistency that’s easy to spread on your skin. Most shea butter comes from shea trees in West Africa.
Be it Forrest Essentials or The Body Shop, every luxury brand has Shea butter in its formulation. Budding brands in India, especially in the handmade skincare segment, help people who find it difficult to buy these big branded products. As most of the artisan skincare products makers want to give their customer that same enriched luxury.
Anti-inflammatory and healing properties
Shea butter has been proven to have an ample amount of anti-inflammatory properties. Redness and swelling on your skin may be calmed by applying shea butter products.
The rich oils in shea butter can soak into your skin, creating a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture. This moisturizing effect can last for several hours.
Shea butter has also been reported to have anti-ageing properties as it helps to promote collagen production or decreasing the breakdown of collagen that’s already present
There are humongous benefits of Shea Butter when applied on the skin. Let’s check it out, as you need to #KnowWhatYouPutOnYourSkin
1. Normal <-> Dry <-> Sensitive = OK
Shea butter is a tree nut product. But unlike most tree nut products, it’s very low in the proteins that triggers nut allergies.
Shea butter contains high levels of linoleic acid and oleic acid. These two acids balance each other out. That means shea butter is easy to absorb in your skin and won’t make your skin look oily & greasy after application. So it works best for all the skin types.
2. great Moisturizer
As we read about earlier, the emollient property of Shea butter comes into the picture. These moisturizing benefits are tied to shea butter’s fatty acid contents, which are linoleic, oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids.
After you apply shea butter on the skin, the components of the shea butter starts repairing lipids of the skin cells by sealing the moisture and blocking it to get away in the outside environment.
3+4. Anti(inflammatory + oxidant)
Shea butter is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties.
Shea butter has substances such as vitamin C or E that removes potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a skin cell.
Antioxidants are important for your body. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals, thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the body & skin cells. Shea butter helps reduce this process preventing your skin from ageing and dull-looking skin.
When applied to the skin, shea butter slows down the production of the cells that trigger inflammation.
Shea Butter also has high concentration of vitamin K that helps the body and skin cells to heal faster after being damaged; this is because of anti-inflammatory properties of shea butter.
5. Prevents Acne
Shea butter is rich in different kinds of fatty acids that balance out oils in your skin by clearing excess oil on your skin.
The emollient properties of shea butter restore moisture to your skin and lock it in to your skin.
Not producing excess oil can help prevent the growth of acne.