Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of an African tree of the same name. The characteristics of shea butter are mainly given by 4 fatty acids in its composition: stearic and oleic acids (85-90% of its composition), linoleic acid and arachidonic acid (This composition may vary according to species and zone geographical origin).
This all makes shea butter quite rich and nourishing for skin and hair, but rather oily.
To take advantage of all its benefits , shea butter should be pure and natural.
Shea Butter Composition
* Contains fatty acids of triglycerides with high oleic (omega-9), stearic and linoleic (omega-6) acids,
* Contains Vitamin A and Vitamin E, working as a natural antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
* It is an emollient agent with excellent sensory properties, due to the unique combination of triglycerides and fatty acids;
* Cinnamic acid helps protect the skin against UV rays.
Shea Butter for the Skin
The vitamins of this butter are very beneficial to the skin. It increases the production of collagen, moisturizes the skin and prevents premature aging. It has vegetable fats that improve cell regeneration, while cinnamic acid protects your skin from the sun. So-called unsaponifiable ingredients give hydration and heal effects to it. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which address the root of your acne problem ie the bacterial growth and inflammation in your skin.
Regular use of shea butter will improve the elasticity of your skin. Helps in the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes. Butter also prevents stretch marks, scars, eczema and wounds. It also minimizes acne blemishes and treats skin ailments like eczema. It helps in moisturizing the lips and can also be used to soothe the skin after epilation.
Use of Shea Butter in the Skin
For the body: Suitable for dry skin. To moisturize and soften the skin put some of the shea butter in the palm of the hand, rub with the fingers and apply directly on the skin massaging gently the body. Or you can also add shea butter in your favorite moisturizer. In case of pregnancy, use shea butter daily to prevent the appearance of stretch marks on the belly, breasts and thighs.
For the face: Pass the pure butter on the face before bed, doing soft and circular massages. In the morning, wash your face as usual.
You can also prepare a blend with essential oils to improve acne. Melt a tablespoon of shea butter. When cooling, drip 5 drops of lavender essential oil and 5 drops of essential oil of Melaleuca (tea tree). Mix and place in a small, clean container. Pour the pure butter on your face before bed, doing gentle, circular massages. In the morning, wash your face as usual. Repeat the treatment three times a week.
Shea Butter for Hair
One of the oldest and most used assets for nourishing and deeply treating yarns is shea butter, which is extremely emollient, ensures brilliance, control and strength. The products that contain this active in proper concentration can protect the moisture from the hair strand, ensuring hydration.
This compound also works as an excellent source of nutrition. When the hair is going through a bad phase it is very interesting to count on a little help from this butter. It is a simple and quick way to help your hair rebuild. Shea butter ensures that the wires are silky, soft, lined, with cuticles sealed and with reduced porosity.
Use of Shea Butter on Hair
For extremely dry and brittle hair: After washing the hair normally, remove the excess water and pass the shea butter from the length to the tips, avoiding the scalp. Caution: be careful with the quantity, as excess can weigh the wires. Put on a bath towel and let it act for 30 minutes. Then rinse the threads with plenty of warm water.
For normal hair to dry: After washing hair normally, remove excess water. Add a little bit of shea butter in your favorite mask and thread the length of hair to the tips, avoiding the scalp. Put a shower head on and let it act as instructed by your mask. Then rinse the threads with plenty of warm water.
Written by : Pucurutcha Stella