Origins of Shea Butter
Shea Butter is a fat that is extracted from African shea tree nuts. The shea trees naturally thrive in the hot and dry climates of the West African savanna belt from Sudan to Senegal. Shea Butter has been extracted and used in cosmetics for therapeutic skin care lotions for hundreds of years. Some of the earliest evidence of Shea Butter production goes back to the 14th century in the village of Saouga.
How is Shea Butter Extracted?
Shea Butter is extracted from Shea Trees in a variety of ways: refined, raw, and cold-pressed. Each of these ways to extract Shea Butter is perfectly clean and void of any chemicals in order to give you the cleanest skin care products. In its most natural form, the Shea nuts are grilled before being pounded into a powder and boiled. After this process, the naturally occurring oils from the shea nut rise to the top and are then used to create incredibly moisturizing and nutrient dense lotion.
Shea Butter in Skin Care
Shea Butter has a creamy consistency that is easy to rub into your skin. Shea Butter has a high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins that make Shea Butter an ideal ingredient when it comes to cosmetics. Because of these fatty acids, Shea Butter works miracles that soften your skin. Shea Butter also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and swelling which will improve your skin’s health whether it is on your body or face.
Anti-Inflammatory and Healing Properties
Not only is Shea Butter is a natural sunscreen, but it also helps heal skin damage caused by acne and reduce inflammation and swelling of the skin. Shea Butter has a compound called lupeol cinnamate which is found to reduce skin inflammation.
Shea Butter has emollient properties that have a quality that smooths and softens the skin. Naturally, Shea Butter is similar to creams like cocoa butter and other emollients. Shea Butter is commonly used for the treatment of dry skin and other skin conditions like eczema, a pruritic chronic inflammatory skin disease. When patients have eczema, they suffer from an epidermal barrier dysfunction and reduced fatty acids. Since Shea Butter is a naturally fatty extract, it helps replenish the skin and is often considered the first line of defence in treating skin conditions like eczema.
Shea Butter is a natural anti-aging remedy that is used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation that usually appears after the age of 30. This is possible because Shea Butter moisturizes and hydrates the skin, allowing it to maintain its elasticity and bounce back. Shea Butter also helps protect the skin from sun damage which can also increase the rate at which the skin ages.