Shea butter is a fatty oil that is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree, native to parts of West Africa. It contains a myriad of healthy nutrients and vitamins making it known as the best healing cream out there. In fact, shea butter ranges from 5%-17% healing fraction, whereas other seed oils are in the 1% range.
Shea butter consists of Vitamins A, E, and F which are responsible for moisturizing the skin and locking in moisture for prolonged periods of time. In particular, Vitamins A and E keep the skin nourished, smooth, and soothed. This makes it especially great for those with dry skin, because it keeps the skin hydrated and penetrates through cracks and patches on your skin without clogging the pores. By the same token, shea butter can be applied to the hands and feet, and can also be applied to the belly to dramatically reduce and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy and/or weight gain/loss.
After all, shea butter is a butter, which means that it is full of several healthy fatty acids such as oleic, palmitic, and linolenic acids. These prove beneficial for restoring elasticity to the skin by stimulating collagen production and making your skin look and feel radiant. This is what also makes it a great anti-aging agent for the skin, actively working to reduce fine lines and wrinkles when topically applied to the face.
The list of benefits goes on! This butter works wonders for treating skin rashes, scars, stretch marks, and sunburns. It is also quite effective in reducing skin inflammation thanks to its derivatives of cinnamic acid which may reduce redness and swelling. This means that with its powerful healing and moisturizing properties, it can be used for combating skin conditions like dermatitis, rosacea, acne, eczema, and arthritis.
In sum, this simple, natural, and buttery moisturizer is effective for taking preventative action to smooth, soothe, and achieve youthful-looking skin. Its healing properties make it ideal for treating skin conditions as mentioned above.
If you’ve got 99 problems, shea butter is definitely not going to be one of them!
Written by: Adi Tzadok