Uncovered: Those Things About Raw Shea Seed Butter That Make A Big Difference
Unrefined shea butter is extracted from the seed of the African karite tree. This rare, natural butter has been treasured for centuries as it is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It also provides skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients necessary for collagen production. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been found to reduce skin inflammation and aid in skin regeneration.
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Shea butter has been used in Africa and many other locations for tens of thousands of years. A long history of medicinal and nutritional benefit well known. It is also now in demand as a sustainable alternative to Palm oil. Many parts of the world have for generations consumed Shea in their diet.
Raw Shea seed butter offers your skin essential fatty acids and the necessary nutrients for healthy collagen production. In this world of skincare products harbouring countless synthetic impurities, I am thankful for shea for many reasons. The availability of this
body care ingredient is very effective and potent in its care of your skin.
And it is a sustainable resource that yeilds a high volume of seeds annually.
Women's Gold, African Shea
Shea is also known as Women's Gold throughout Africa. It is considered sacred because of the rich goodness it can do for your skin, hair, beauty and health. It contains beneficial fats that promote cell regeneration and circulation. Excellent for troubled or ageing skin. It also natural protection against the sun.
High concentration of vitamins A, E and F and Allantoin, it is unique in that it stands out in the nut oil family. The presence of dietary fatty acids and plant
sterols, like oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids1 add to notably high
non-saponifiable fraction ―it doesn't convert to soap when introduced to an alkali― which means that it has greater healing
potential for the skin.
A valuable moisturiser when used in a soap formulation because the fats remain intact, unsaponified.
The thing I love about using shea is it works on everything. Anything from dry skin to minor dermatological ailments.2 3 Protecting your
skin from UV radiation, shea stimulates the regeneration and growth of collagen resulting in firmer skin.4
It is especially suitable even for the most delicate and over-sensitive children skin and excellent for gentle massages of a baby's skin. Why the
chamomile & lavender soap with
aloe vera has shea in it, targeting dry and very sensitive skin conditions.
The benefits of raw ―unrefined― shea butter come from its chemical structure:
linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic fatty acids
vitamins A, E, and F
The essential fatty acids help to rebalance your skin. The skin's pH and also control sebum production. A necessary daily intake of
vitamins for promoting circulation and healthy skin cell growth. The triglycerides and cetyl esters are the fats and wax of the shea
nut and both condition the skin locking in moisture.
1. promotes the healing of minor wounds
2. reduces stress from eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis
3. improves hair strength and density
4. reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles5 6
5. reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring
6. helps in boosting cell regeneration and collagen production
7. rapidly absorbing and does not clog pores, excellent moisturiser
8. suitable for all skin types, fights infections
9. use for after sun for the best possible care and skin health
The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in the shea makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturising for the
skin. Suitable for all ages and skin types. Benefits are real and remarkable.
From reducing visible stretch marks and fighting infection to being used as a beauty balm by Cleopatra, shea butter has been
in use for centuries. I've said many times Shea is remarkable and you'd better believe it! It is the best skin moisturiser you can find in a
East African Shea
If you want to use a skincare product with East African shea (it is a little more moisturising than West African shea) then look at the INCI ingredients for
Vitellaria Nilotica. I use West African shea myself, a personal choice. I decided to use West African (INCI Butyrospermum Parkii) shea in my product
range because it is more common and easy to source.
Differences are so subtle between either one. East shea ―also known as River Butter― is softer because of the higher oleic
content, with a much lower melting point. This shea is produced in Northern Uganda and Sudan.
Shea butter from West Africa is more dense while the shea produced in East Africa is creamier. This
data from the American Shea Institute clears
up most of the confusion between the two. Ghana is Africa's largest shea exporter,7 where my shea comes from. They are followed by Nigeria
Butyrospermum parkii is smooth in texture and does not liquefy at room temperatures. However, it will soften in your hands, making it easy to apply. Western
shea is also found in the Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin.
They are omega 6 and 9 are both
cholesterols. They provide a therapeutic healing function for the skin. Eastern sourced African shea can contain as many as 15 times more fatty
acids than the more common West African shea.
In any case, shea yields such a great benefit for a healthy skin barrier protection against UV and environmental aggressors.
A vital anti-oxidant vitamin E ―natural Tocopherols― moisturise the skin and provide protection against free
radicals (molecular breakdown) and
so much more.8
Vitamin A ensures healthy skin cell production, stimulates circulation. Helps the development of new tissue, in turn
keeps skin firm and elastic.
A natural compound that heals small cuts, bruising and rashing calming irritation from eczema and sunburn. Perfect for dry and
sensitive skin conditions, a key ingredient in my
day cream for dry and
sensitive skin conditions.
Shea for Skin and Hair Treatment
You can trust shea for the care of your skin and hair. From the repair of damaged hair to cracked lips, shea has rich moisturising abilities proven9
to be a key ingredient in modern skincare. All skin and hair types and conditions can benefit from Africa's gold.
The four hands and body balm are in my product range all use shea butter. Formulated with cocoa and mango for further skin enrichment. Each one serves a
purpose to your needs. There is one with no essential oils, unscented for use by an expectant mum and her baby. There is another balm for the repair of your hands
and nails. A third for healing worn feet and heels.
The fourth balm with Lavender to ease tense muscles. Suitable for those in sport or having a physically demanding vocation.