by Haley Schryver
One of the amazing benefits of shea butter is that it naturally reduces inflammation. Shea butter contains cinnamic acid (related to cinnamon), which is one of the main factors that gives shea butter its anti-inflammatory potency. This powerful ingredient works to reduce redness, calms irritation, and relieves itchiness. It can also speed up the healing of wounds and reduce scarring.
Shea butter is a moisturizing and anti-aging powerhouse. It contains oleic acid, which is a fatty acid that delivers a moisture surge to the skin. Oleic acid also helps seal in that moisture, so it’s great for dry and aging skin. Shea butter prevents aging by sealing in the necessary moisture and shielding the skin from sun damage due to its natural sun protection.
Prevents & Soothes Diaper Rash
Shea butter has anti-fungal and anti inflammatory properties that can fight off yeast and prevent diaper rash. It can also soothe your baby’s diaper rash and help promote healing. Shea butter makes an excellent natural diaper rash cream.
Reduces Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a natural and beautiful part of life, but some people prefer to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Shea butter can help deeply moisturize the skin and helps to fade the look of stretch marks when applied to the area regularly.
Soothes Bug Bites
Bug bites can be so uncomfortable and annoying, but there is a natural way to help the stubborn itchiness. Applying shea butter to the bite can reduce the swelling and bring down the itchiness of those stubborn bites.You can also team shea butter with peppermint essential oil for even more soothing relief.
Boosts Skin’s Collagen Production
Skin depends of collagen to stay firm and tight, and as you age, you lose a lot of the elasticity in you skin. Shea butter boosts collagen production, which prevents and reduces the fine lines and wrinkles that appear as we age.
Natural SPF & Relieves Sunburn
In the summer, sometimes the occasional sunburn is inevitable. Shea butter has a natural SPF of about 6 and can be worn for short sun exposure.You can make your own sunscreen by adding other natural sun-protective ingredients such as zinc oxide and carrot seed oil. Applying shea butter to a sunburn can moisturize it and calm the painful, red burn.
Important Ingredient in Natural Skincare
Conventional skincare products contain lots of synthetic — and sometimes harmful — ingredients. Our skin soaks up products like a sponge, so it’s important to be mindful of what you put on it. One of the key ingredients in clean, natural skincare products is shea butter, and you can actually make a lot of really great products yourself using shea butter.
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