Shea Butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF-6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and other nutrients necessary for collagen production. It has been used in Africa and other countries for many years to improve skin and hair. It is a thick and intense moisturizer which is great applied directly to the skin.
Moisturizing Scalp and Hair- Seals in moisture conditioning the scalp, alleviating dandruff and providing overall protection from harsh climates. It has been known to remedy dry skin and protects skin’s natural oils therefore making it great for individuals with eczema.
Reduces Inflammation- A study in 2010 found that due to its natural properties it has anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832)
Skin Smoothing and Anti- Aging Properties- Aids in the skin’s natural collagen production. Many people with long term use report skin softening and strengthening, as well as wrinkle reduction as it helps with tissue cell regeneration.
Relieves Wind, Sunburn, and Dry Winter Skin- it’s moisturizing quality penetrates deep into the skin helping by offering more moisture to skin that has encountered windburn, sunburn, and cracking from winters harshness.
Reduces Stretch Marks, Scarring and Cellulite- having healing properties and hydrating qualities it reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.
Prevents Diaper Rash for Babies- due to its anti fungal and anti-inflammatory properties it helps to fight off yeast.
Other benefits it has been known for- healing burns, protecting skin against free radicals, use with psoriasis, restores skin elasticity, fade dark marks and scars, prevents bumps after shaving, calms irritated skin, and relieves joint pain.
***** Remember to always consult a physician when introducing new products even when natural and organic as skin has sensitivities and shea comes from a nut therefore if you have or could unknowingly have nut allergies it may irritate the skin.