If you look at the ingredients of some of the top moisturizing creams and lotions, you’ll notice that many of them contain shea butter. Derived from the extracted fat of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), it has some remarkable properties when used for skincare. If you’re still skeptical, check out the following five benefits shea butter offers.
#1) It’s All Natural
One reason to use shea butter on your skin is because it’s all natural. Unfortunately, this can’t be said about the hundreds of other ingredients commonly found in skincare products. As previously mentioned, shea butter is made by extracting the fat of the shea tree. Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that you aren’t exposing your skin to harsh synthetic compounds.
#2) Reduces Inflammation
Shea butter has anti-inflammatory produces, making it particularly effective at reducing skin swelling. If you’ve experienced an allergic skin reaction, for instance, shea butter may ease some of the inflammation associated with the allergic reaction. Of course, it’s effective for all types of swelling, only one of which being allergies.
You might be surprised to learn that shea butter acts as a natural sunscreen lotion. While an excellent source of vitamin D, prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the skin while increasing the risk of certain types of skin cancer. By applying shea butter or products containing shea butter to your skin, you’ll create a barrier of protection between your skin and the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
#4) Moisturizes and Protects Against Dryness
Perhaps the greatest benefit of shea butter is its ability to moisturize and protect against dryness. This is largely because of its high concentration of fatty acids. Reports indicate that shea butter contains a combination of oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid, linolenic acid and arachidic acid. It’s composition also allows it to melt at room temperature, allowing for quick and easy absorption into the skin. Whether you suffer from dry skin or simply want to make your skin softer and smoother, you can’t go wrong with shea butter.
#5) Increases Circulation
Finally, shea butter increases circulation, which of course helps to supply the skin with additional nutrients. Poor circulation can cause a number of problems, including stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and more. Thanks to its unique properties, however, shea butter counters these effects by increasing circulation throughout the body. So, I guess the better question is why shouldn’t use shea butter on your skin?