Shea butter is one of the most widely used ingredients in skin care products and cosmetics on today’s market as a main ingredient in soaps, lotions, and body butters. Along with making your skin feel soft and supple, shea butter offers a number of other benefits that make it superior to many other potential skin moisturizers.
Shea butter is the fat extracted from the pit of the shea tree fruit native to West Africa, and has been used for centuries to treat all kinds of wounds, lesions, and skin disorders. Only recently has the Western world realized this and began including this incredible ingredient in skincare products. These are the top seven benefits of shea butter for skin health and integrity:
1. Shea Butter Moisturizes Your Skin
Shea butter is a fat, and fats are highly moisturizing for the skin. Shea butter hydrates, conditions, and balances out the skin, leaving with a touchable, glowy look and feel. It can be effective for treating eczema, dry scalp, and cracked heels and elbows. It is crucial that you use raw, unrefined shea butter or a product made with it and other unprocessed, organic ingredients. When shea butter is processed, it loses nearly all of its healing properties.
Shea butter contains fatty acids and vitamins A and E, which are responsible for maintaining and improving the skin’s elasticity. It also helps to rejuvenate and rebuild the collagen in the skin, which is what provides its structure and ‘bounce. All of this helps to reduce and remove the fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging, and keeping skin perky and fresh instead of sagging and dull.
3. Heal Wounds, Burns, and Bites
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of shea butter can be helpful for healing scrapes, cuts, burns, sun and wind burns, rashes, bug bites, and provide relief from muscle pain and arthritis. A study done at the University of Lagos in Nigeria found that the anti-inflammatory properties of the fat can even decrease inflammation in the nasal cavities and clear up congestion and damage done to the nasal passages from a cold.
4. Improve the Appearance of Scars and Stretch Marks
The moisturizing and collagen-boosting properties of shea butter help to decrease the development of stretch marks during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant should massage the shea butter into the skin of their stomach, thighs, and butt daily, especially after showering, swimming, or spending time in the sun, all of which can be drying to the skin.
5. Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite
Along the same vein of the scars, shea butter smoothes and softens the skin, lessening the lumpy, uneven appearance of the cellulite. To use shea butter for cellulite, simply massage a small amount into the affected area daily.
6. Prevents Diaper Rash
Shea butter isn’t just for adults! The antimicrobial and antifungal properties of shea butter do an excellent job at keeping rash-causing yeast at bay and speed up the healing process by promoting collagen production and wound healing. Shea butter is an all-natural, chemical-free product that is gentle on babies’ delicate skin.
7. Moisturizes Your Scalp and Hair
Shea butter is an excellent natural moisturizer for the hair and scalp. Shea butter locks in moisture on the scalp and its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties fight back against the bacteria that cause dandruff, leaving behind soft, shiny, gorgeous hair.
Meiling Skincare understands and trusts the science behind all of these incredible benefits that shea butter has for the skin. Because of this, all Meiling Skincare’s Natural Soaps contain up to 30% certified organic shea butter. Shop healing shea butter soaps here and experience the benefits of natural, organic shea butter.