SHEA BUTTER

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How can Shea Butter (pronounced “Shay Butter”) benefit you?

 

Shea Butter can provide relief from everything from just dry skin too many minor dermatological

diseases. High levels of natural anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids found within the nut’s buttery contents is extremely effective for moisturizing and repairing damaged skin.

 It has been clinically shown to provide benefits. Here are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin:

• Daily skin moisturizer (Head to toe)

  • Dry skin relief

  • Dry scalp

  • Skin rash- including diaper rash

  • Skin peeling, after tanning

  • Blemishes and wrinkles

  • Itching skin due to dryness

  • Sunburn

  • Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation

  • Small skin wounds

  • Skin cracks

  • Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)

  • Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy

  • Minor burns

  • Eczema and psoriasis (Sooths chronic dry skin)

  • Sun and wind protection

  • Even skin tone

  • Reduce blemishes and scarring

  • Eliminating scalp irritations, dryness and chemical processing

  • Preventing and heal bumps after shaving (any part of body)

  • Reducing acne (combination with African Black Soap)

  • Absorbs quickly

  • Helps restore elasticity to skin

  • Restores luster and elasticity to hair

 

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How does Shea Butter benefit your skin?

Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. Shea Butter is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat). Shea Butter has between 7-12% unsaponifiables. For comparison, avocado oil, a well known skin conditioner, has between 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables is one of the properties that makes Shea Butter so invaluable in treating the conditions listed above. Also, Shea Butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe and not clogging pores. Shea Butter has a high level of cinnamic acid, a natural sun screen. So, it provides some degree of protection from the sun. Shea Butter is also anti-inflammatory making it useful in treating rheumatism.

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What can I tell by looking at the label?

Ingredients on the label should be listed in the order from the ingredient that is the most to the least. Therefore, you should look for Shea Butterproducts that list Shea Butter early on the list of ingredients. You should know the ingredients before you buy any Shea Butter product and should buy from a reputable source. The more Shea Butter in a product, the greater the likelihood, you will receive the full benefits of Shea Butter.

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How does Shea Butter benefit hair?

Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging pores. It is particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair. It is an excellent treatment for dry scalp. It restores luster to damaged hair.

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Is all Shea Butter the same?

All Shea Butter is not the same. Shea Butter loses some of its healing properties as it sits on the shelf, so very old Shea Butter is not as beneficial. Refining techniques will vary. Highly processed Shea Butter will not be as effective. Sometimes Shea Butter is mixed with other ingredients that reduce its benefits. Then, there are those products that add very little Shea Butter but prominently display “Shea Butter” on the label. While Shea Butter is not very expensive, you should be aware of products that claim to provide the benefits of Shea Butter and sell for very low prices. Many manufacturers are taking advantage of the Shea Butter buzz by adding a little Shea Butter to a very inexpensive product implying you can get the benefits of Shea Butter in their product.

 

Benefits of Shea Butter

Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) in West Africa. High levels of natural anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids found within the nut’s buttery contents have proven extremely effective for moisturizing and repairing damaged skin.

 

Shea butter’s healing qualities include:

 – Intense moisturizer

 – Helps heal damaged skin

 – Helps restore skin’s own elasticity

 – Keeps skin supple during pregnancy

 – Sooths chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

 – Sooths rashes and helps protect from the sun (does not replace sunscreen)

 

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