African Shea Butter for Better Skin.
We all want better skin and African Shea butter is one of the best natural ways to care for your skin. Not only is it rich in essential fatty essentials, vitamin E and vitamin E, but it is also a potent emollient that locks in moisture whilst allowing the skin to breathe and purify naturally. African Shea butter can be used on all skin types and on children of all ages making it one of the most versatile butters available.
What is African Shea Butter?
Shea is the fat from the nut of the karite tree found in West and Eastern Africa. It is a highly moisturising and nutritionally superior butter and oil with softening and protective properties. Used traditionally to soothe sore muscles, reduce arthritic symptoms and manage skin problems shea butter is the natural beauty staple of West and Eastern Africa.
African Shea Butter for younger-looking skin.
Shea is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants as well as potent emollient properties which means it prevents moisture loss, maintaining skin elasticity. The combination of these properties reduces the appearance of fine and wrinkles resulting in a smoother youthful appearance. Shea is a natural source of Vitamin A and E which work to increase cell turnover, smoothing the surface of the skin. It also plumps the skin and prevents sagging making skin look more youthful.
African Butter for Acne Prone Skin
If you have acne-prone skin, you may want to use the light yet equally moisturising shea oil which has less stearic acid and therefore less likely to clog your acne-prone pores. Rich in vitamin E which is a potent antioxidant found naturally in our sebum. Vitamin E helps prevent cellular damage and boosts moisture.
African Shea Butter During Pregnancy
Traditionally we use African Shea butter on the growing belly to reduce and prevent pregnancy stretch marks as well as reduce itching. The rich, natural emollient increases skin elasticity and reduces inflammation so it is great for most pregnancy skin issues. Some women find that during pregnancy they suffer from dry skin or/and acne-prone skin and organic African Shea Butter is a wonderful tonic for both issues. Its anti-inflammatory properties soothe and nourish skin without breaking it out making it perfect for hormonal skincare issues, keeping skin moisturised and clear.
African Shea Butter For Sensitive Skin
Permitting they do not have a sensitively, shea is one of the best oils and butters to use on newborn skin as it is so nutritionally potent and protective. The oil and butter moisturise and smooth the skin, and they have anti-inflammatory properties to help combat things like cradle cap, baby eczema and heat rash.
Pro Tip: Try and use organic and wild-crafted shea as they contain most of the sort-after nutritional value. Always remember to do a patch test on the back of your baby’s knees or behind their ears, or behind their neck to make sure you can use shea safely. If they react adversely, discontinue use immediately.
African Shea Butter for Eczema.
Shea can be good for Eczema as it moisturises the skin and locks in moisture, However, eczema is a medical condition and you must seek medical advice on its treatment. However, shea has potent anti-inflammatory properties and eczema is an inflammatory condition. When applied to the skin, shea triggers cytokines and other inflammatory cells to slow their production. This has been shown to reduce irritation caused by environmental factors.
Does African Shea Butter Reduce Hyperpigmentation?
Well, that depends on what’s causing it. If you have a medical condition, then probably not as you will need a prescription to alleviate the issue. If you have dry skin caused by environmental damage like a chemical burn caused by cosmetics or post-ance inflammation, then yes! Use a gentle physical or chemical exfoliant to remove any dead skin, then apply a generous amount of your preferred shea product. Apply sunscreen in the AM, be consistent and you will see improvements in your skin’ tone and texture.
If you love your skin and want it to look and feel better you can shop our range of organic shea butter soaps here. To moisturise, you can use our indulgently rich and luxurious Shea Magnifique, a pure shea beauty oil to seal in moisture and soften your skin and hair from head to toe.
Until next time, be good to yourself