African Shea Butter
You may have recently heard of Shea butter, its use is Far from recent development. The benefits of Shea butter have been well known for centuries.
Africans have used Shea butter for many generations to protect and rejuvenate their hair and skin. African Shea butter is not only use by Africans, but everyone can take advantage of shea butter’s benefit.
Today, shea butter is available in pure from and as an ingredient in many products to help in maintenance of the hair and skin and relief from many common ailments.
PICTURE OF SHEA NUTS
HOW CAN SHEA BUTTER BENEFIT ME
Shea butter can provide relief for many conditions from just dry skin to many minor dermatological diseases ( if you have a serious skin condition, you could see doctor). It has been critically shown to provide benefits such as the following:
When used as daily skin moisturizer (face and body), it prevents, heals and provide relief for:
- Dry skin
- Dry scalp
- Skin rash – including diaper rash
- Skin peeling, after tanning
- Blemishes and wrinkles
- Itching skin due to dryness
- Small skin wounds
- Minor burns
- Even skin tone
- Reduce blemishes and scarring
- Sun and wind protection
- Skin cracks
- Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
- When used as a shaving cream, it
- Reduce razor irritation
- Prevents bumps after shaving
- Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
- It ensures elimination of scalp irritation from Dryness or chemical processing
- Shea butter absorbed quickly without leaving a greasy residue
- It helps in restoring elasticity to skin
- Shea butter restores luster to hair
HOW DOES SHEA BUTTER BENEFIT MY SKIN
Shea butter nourishes the skin Vitamin 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 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 make 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.
HOW DOES SHEA BUTTER BENEFIT MY HAIR
Shea butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from roots to the very tips, repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorb 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.
PICTURES OF SHEA BUTTER
100% Natural shea Butter
What’s the difference between raw Shea Butter, refined Shea butter and highly refined Shea Butter?
The differences between raw, refined and highly refined shea butter lie in how the shea butter is extracted from the nut and how it is processed after that. Manual extraction process leave nor of the raw ingredients in the shea butter. Ater is extracted, it can be refined removing color and impurities that some people don’t like.
This further refining can also remove some of the smell. You can think of the difference between raw shea butter and refined shea butter as being similar to the difference between wheat bread and white bread. Truly raw shea butter can even be unfiltered.
That is one end of the spectrum. On the other end, there is shea butter that is extracted using chemicals that is pure white, has no smell and has lost a lot of its healing properties in the process.
PICTURE OF 1bls African SHEA BUTTER
Our shea butter is mechanically extracted. No chemicals (other than water) are used in the process. Its natural color and smell are intact.
DO I WANT RAW SHEA BUTTER OR REFINED SHEA BUTTER?
This is really a matter of experience. I prefer raw butter. Unless you do not like the smell of Shea butter, we recommend you go with raw. The more the Shea butter is processed, the higher the chance of some of the “good stuff” is going to be remove. Certainly, none of the healing or moisturizing properties of Shea butter are enhanced by further processing to make it while and odorless. If you do not like the smell of Shea butter, try to get refined she butter that is refined without the use of solvents, or, you could try the East African Shea Butter, which has a much milder aroma than West African Shea Butter.