The Benefits of Shea Butter
What sets shea butter apart from other seed oils is its exceptionally large healing fraction. This refers to the percentage of the important nutrients, vitamins, and other valuable phytonutrients that foster healing. Depending on the source, the healing fraction of shea butter ranges from 5 % to 17 %. (The larger the healing fraction, the better). By comparison, the healing fraction of other seeds oils is very small, in the range of 1 %.
Shea butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin and to help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. The Vitamin A in shea butter is important for improving skin conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. Vitamin F acts as a protector and rejuvenator soothing rough dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair.
Additionally, premium shea butter has properties that treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburn and frostbite. Shea butter’s unparalleled hydrating property is due to natural moisturizers that are chemically similar to those produced by the body’s own sebaceous glands. Shea butter also contains healthy fatty acids. It is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat) containing between 7-12%. This is one of the properties that make Shea butter so valuable in treating the conditions above. Shea butter easily penetrates the skin and will not clog pores. There is a high level of cinnamic acid which makes Shea butter a natural sunscreen. Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in treating arthritis.
Shea butter has powerful moisturizing, anti-aging, protecting and healing benefits to the skin. There are many uses of shea butter and it has been clinically shown to provide relief for various skin conditions.
- Shea butter applications and benefits include the following:
- Excellent daily skin moisturizer for face and body
- Dramatically helps prevent and reduce stretch marks during pregnancy and weight gain and loss
- Restores elasticity to skin and reduces blemishes and wrinkles
- Anti-aging and anti-free radical agent known to increase circulation to the skin
- Helps reduces acne and scarring
- Excellent moisturizer for both eczema and psoriasis
- Helps soothe skin and diaper rash
- After sun conditioning
- Helps softens tough skin on hands and feet
- Dry, itchy skin and scalp relief
- Use after shaving to reduce razor irritation and bumps
- Provides healing benefits to skin wounds and cracks
- Restores luster to hair
Source: Out Of Africa Shea Butter
“I have to say that this is the absolute best shea butter I have ever used. I am very passionate about natural skin and hair care and this product is going to be added to my must haves! I am an African American woman with naturally woolly, tightly-coiled, hair texture and dry skin that scars very easily and since I’ve been using this shea butter and shea soap my skin has been glowing. The purity of the shea butter is evident in its pleasantly nutty smell and natural yellow hues, you can tell that it has not been tampered with and because of that its benefits for the skin and hair are multiplied. If you use shea butter then throw out your other brands and convert to this one RIGHT NOW! You won’t regret it! You’ll be benefiting childhood education and creating jobs for women in West Africa.”
“I bought this for myself and sent some to a friend. WE both suffer from dry hands that crack and refuse to heal they are painful to the point of throbbing. This soap is absolutely amazing at how soothing it is for sensitive and irritated skin it is almost as if it puts a glove that protects and helps heal my hands.”
“This is the perfect hand cream. It smells wonderful (but not too strong) and is light but super moisturizing. I keep a tube in my bag for use during the day, and always use before bed! I could not get through the winter without it. Out of Africa products are really great - I use several.”
“This product is absolutely wonderful. I have been searching for a natural body wash that actually moisturizes. I have tried SEVERAL major brands and OUT OF AFRICA has been the ONLY ONE to actually moisturize my skin well. Another key thing: A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. So the bottle may look tiny, and it is not the best bargain for the price, you only need a tiny bit of soap. All in all, fantastic product. Truly the best. I will never buy another body wash.”
“I usually have a hard time finding a scent that I like for body lotions, but the vanilla scent on this is awesome - not to strong. I use this every day when I get out of the shower or sometimes when it’s cold and my skin is extra dry.”
“I bought Shea butter in pure form for my daughter that has eczema, which is making a big difference in maintaining her flare ups and I bought this for myself. Shea butter and Lavender by themselves have great properties and benefits,and together is even better. Wonderful scent, goes on smooth yet not greasy.”
Source: Out Of Africa Shea Butter