Shea butter might just be the best kept secret in the skincare world! You could scour the internet all day long and find list after list of its benefits and healing properties. The most impressive benefits of this ingredient are derived from using all natural, raw shea butter. Shea butter is very easy to use and is widely available in stores and online … but we will be launching soon with the highest quality shea butter you can buy!
Here are the top three reasons to incorporating high-quality shea butter into your beauty and skincare routine:
1. It is an amazing moisturizer.
The people of West Africa have used shea butter for centuries, where the weather is very dry. Shea butter is a great moisturizer for everything from cracked lips to cracked feet. It is chock full of vitamins A and E, as well as many fatty acids. Fatty acids help cells stay hydrated, and since cells are the building blocks of your skin, this is very important to preventing lines and wrinkles on the skin. Hydrated cells support collagen creation, which slows the appearance of wrinkles and fade their appearance. Fatty acids also help cells clean themselves out, which can also reduce the appearance of aging wrinkles.
2. It has the most healing properties of any seed oil.
The healing benefits found in shea butter are wide ranging, and can only be found in raw, good quality shea butter. Poor quality shea butter usually still retains its moisturizing abilities, but has lost its healing properties. Shea butter is known to accelerate the healing of burns and sun burns (even offering some UV protection), minor cuts and wounds, and blemishes. It can also be used to help treat dermatitis, frostbite, poison oak and ivy rashes, as well as eczema. A cream made with calendula infused oil and shea butter would pack quite the one-two punch on all of the ailments listed here!
3. Shea butter contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Compounds in shea butter reduce skin inflammation, which can help heal breakouts and insect bites. Shea butter absorbs into the skin very well, which gives it a leg up over some other butters for the application of this anti-inflammatory perk.
If you watch the news or your Facebook feed, I’m willing to bet you have read about the dreaded free radicals floating around in the world and in our bodies. Free radicals are unstable atoms trying to become stable. One of the ways they do this is by stealing stability from already stable cells, like those in your DNA. Once our cells become unstable, they function poorly, or they die. Antioxidants limit the production of free radicals in your body. Free radicals contribute to aging through cell death, and an anti-oxidant rich substance, like shea butter, can help slow this process.
New skincare products come on to the market every single day that claim to reduce the appearance of aging and moisturize dry skin. However, these products are created in a lab and contain chemicals you can’t pronounce that you really don’t want in your skincare. Thankfully, shea butter has stood the test of time and has proven to be an amazing multitasking product for its ability to moisturize the skin and protect against free radicals.
Please keep an eye out for our shea butter, which will be available very soon!