What is in Shea Butter?
Shea Butter is 100% natural!
Shea nuts are harvested from wild Shea trees across the sub-Sahelian savannah from West Africa to Uganda in the east.
Rich Plant Oils
Shea butter is mostly Oleic and Stearic plant oils which come from the kernel of the Shea tree nut which are collected from wild trees across the sub-Sahelian savannah.
The Oleic oils are soft and easily absorbed by the skin. The Stearic oils are solid, like bees wax. They are referred to as non-saponifiable (non-soap making) because the molecule is too strong to break down into soap.
Together they provide a rich and penetrating moisturiser for both hair and skin.
Shea butter is rich in the antioxidant vitamins A, E&F which nourish and repair skin and hair but also provide a level of natural sun protection.
Triterpenes are anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial and antitumoral agents.
Triterpenes occur in many plants, but they are highly concentrated in Shea Butter. Triterpenes combat the principal causes of aging on a cellular level.
What is Shea Butter good for?
Shea For Skin & Hair
Shea Butter is super rich and ideal for dry hair and skin. After you shower, warm up a pea sized amount in the palm of your hands and apply it to your face neck and any dry areas. Your skin will feel oily for a few minutes until the Shea Butter is completely absorbed, but then it will feel soft and waxy.
The good news is that Shea is non-allergenic and doesn’t clog your pores. Shea Butter scores a 0 out of 10 on the Comedogenic scale which measures how much a moisturiser or cosmetic blocks your pores, so it is great for people with black heads and acne.
Shea butter is widely used to moisturise and protect natural African hair from breakage. It can be applied to the scalp and to seal in moisture in dry hair. It also makes it easier to comb.
There has been a huge amount of clinical research around the world to support that Shea Butter does all of this:
- Safe for babies as a moisturiser and to cure nappy rash
- Shea gets rid of stretchmarks
- Reduces wrinkles by hydrating and nourishing the skin
- Relieves eczema and psoriasis
- Moisturise and protect dry hair and skin
- Shea gets rid of scars and blemishes
- Anti-inflammatory for painful joints and muscles
- Shea heals cracked hands and heels
- Shea helps to heal minor cuts and grazes
- Shea softens and protects hard working hands
- Shea is ideal to apply to new tattoos to speed up healing and preserve colour
- Shea is used by endurance athletes to reduce chaffing