Shea Butter is a unique natural butter extracted
from the fruit of the African Shea-Karite tree.
In the United States we have only recently become aware of the many benefits of Shea Butter, but it has been used in Africa for centuries.
Today many companies make products that claim to contain Shea Butter but really only have a small amount of it in their products. Using the natural form of Shea Butter is the best way to get all of the benefits. Shea Butter can vary in color , odour and hardness, but it is always a great way to take care of your skin.
What Shea Butter Looks Like
Shea Butter is a soft natural butter that is liquid at body temperature. In its natural raw form it can vary from yellowish to white and smells nutty. Most people do not mind the odour associated with the raw form of Shea Butter. The raw form contains the most vitamins and nutrients, and is therefore the best choice to receive the most benefits. The refined version is slightly harder, is lighter in color, and has only a slight odour.
The Ultra Refined type is refined using a solvent and is very hard and white. It also has almost no odour.
The Properties of Shea Butter
Shea Butter is naturally high in vitamins A, E, and F, which are all powerful anti-oxidants that nourish and protect the skin. The high levels of these vitamins plus the large amount of unsaponifiable oils naturally occurring in Shea Butter promote elasticity, and make its moisturizing abilities second to none.
Benefits of Using Shea Butter
It promotes elasticity and protects your skin from environmental factors such as sun, wind and cold. Shea butter soothes and softens rough dry skin and conditions dry damaged hair. It soothes & alleviates diaper/skin rash problems and softens cracked heals and elbows. Shea prevents & fade away stretch marks and many people report success when they have been using raw unrefined Shea butter as their natural Eczema and Psoriasis Treatments. It also creates luster and shine on dull looking hair.
Shea Butter isn’t a magic cure for all skin conditions, but it is one of the best treatments out there. It can soften and protect even the most sensitive skin, and provide relief from very dry & itchy skin. Shea Butter can be used on your hair, your face, and as an all over body moisture solution.
It is truly a versatile and natural alternative to commercial moisture creams that can leave your skin feeling more dry than when you applied it.