Shea butter is a staple of natural skin care. It’s essentially a super-food for your

skin and hair! The rich butter comes from the nuts of the shea tree, which
are native to Africa, have been traditionally cultivated for centuries.
and contains skin-soothing and medicinal properties.


Shea butter has a smooth, silky texture that stays firm at room temperature but
softens with body heat. There are so many ways to incorporate shea butter
into your healthy self-care routine to nourish your skin and hair.

 

History of Shea Nuts

There has been a lot of controversy over the years around tradition farming of shea butter in the East African nation of Uganda. Since the late eighties, Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) , terrorized Northern Uganda.
Lives were lost, the land was burned, and shea trees were cut down for firewood. The ancestral practice of shea farming was almost lost forever.
Fast forward to today: now more than 2,000 independent farmers have come to re-learn the practice of shea trading.

Additionally, after years of lobbying, the felling of these valuable trees for firewood has finally become illegal . This ensures the sustainability of environment and the economy, well as the restoration of a centuries-old
practice of shea cultivation.

Types Of Shea Nuts

The best shea butter on the planet comes from East African organic shea
farms. Shea trees are grown in both West Africa and East Africa.

Eastern African Shea nuts and butter contain higher levels of olein acid, which means that the butter has more great-for-your-skin nutrients like vitamin A and vitamin E.

Where West African shea butter can be hard and waxy, shea butter from East Africa is soft, light, and creamy. It is more spreadable and soaks easily into skin.

East African shea butter is considered the luxury shea butter. It is harvested with care and is the richest, nutrient-dense butter that works perfectly for the skin. The butter effortlessly soaks into the skin to protect, moisturize, and heal.

Only the best shea butter is cold pressed and left in its natural state without any additives or fillers. Some shea butter sellers sell their product with
little transparency of where it’s from or how it’s products, and might also add substances to improve the texture and smell of a low-quality
product.

When choosing the best shea butter, look for one where the source is clearly labeled and the only ingredient is pure shea butter.

What can Shea Butter Do?

Shea butter really can do almost anything! This one natural ingredient can replace a whole host of body and skincare products. It can be used on your body, face, hair, and is also safe to use on your baby.

 

Shea Butter Can Provide Moisture

Shea butter is a key ingredient in natural skin care for people who want to keep their body products toxin-free. Shea butter moisturizes the skin so well
because it is very similar to our skin’s natural oils.  It is a better moisturizer than other plant-based oils found in cosmetics due to its high levels of saturated fatty acids.

 

Shea Butter Can Help Heal 

Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties.

It contains vitamin A which can assist in healing eczema, rashes, stretch marks and scars.

Shea butter aids in your skin’s production of collagen to increase elasticity and reduce signs of aging. In addition to reducing inflammation in the skin,
studies have shown that shea butter can reduce joint inflammation and can act as a natural analgesic.

Shea Butter Can Protect you

Shea butter has natural sun-protectant properties that can help block the sun’s UV rays.

In addition to protecting from the sun before exposure, shea butter can help repair the skin after prolonged sun exposure and reduce the pain from burns. In the winter time, shea butter can be used to protect the skin from windburn and from becoming dry and cracked due to dry air and cold temperatures.

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