Shea butter is the unrefined fat derived from the nut of the karite tree. Karite tree, which is indigenous to West Africa, is cultivated to harvest raw shea butter. Gathering shea butter is as much as a main source of livelihood as a social gathering among African women. They would harvest, crush and then roast the nuts before extracting the precious fat inside.
Shea butter is naturally rich in essential nutrients including vitamins A and E, cinnamates and fatty acids. This nut butter is also loaded with bioactive and antioxidants that keep the skin, hair, and nails healthy! Below are the amazing beauty benefits of raw African shea butter:
Shea butter is known for its moisturizing properties. As a humectant, the butter draws the water into the deep layers of the skin then locks it in. Shea butter is also loaded with vitamins A and E, which act as antioxidants to protect the skin from oxidative stress. Shea butter is solid in room temperature but melts easily when rubbed into the skin. Because it does not contain irritants, raw African shea butter will not clog pores or leave a greasy residue on the skin.
Raw shea butter contains cinnamic acid and oleic acids, both chemicals reduce skin inflammation and aids in cell regeneration. Shea butter also contains a host of nutrients that speed up healing of minor wounds, burns, rashes, acne, and eczema. You can also use shea butter instead of Vaseline to heal fresh tattoos.
Boost Skin Elasticity
Yes, raw African shea butter can take years off your face! And its youth-boosting abilities happen deep into the skin layers. Thanks to its concentrated level of antioxidants, shea butter restores skin elasticity. The butter strengthens the skin tissues to reduce sagginess and wrinkles. Shea butter also increases collagen production. It is traditionally used to make old scars and stretch marks less noticeable.
Natural Sun Protection
Did you know that raw shea butter contains natural SPF factor of 4? The SPF level of shea butter might not be much, but it does protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays by filtering out the sun’s damaging rays. Shea butter contains cinnamic acid, which is responsible for the butter’s SPF level. Even better, shea butter nourishes the skin as it protects from harsh, drying climate.
Heals Sun-Damaged Skin
Got too much sun after spending a day at the beach? Instead of slathering lotion, that contains irritants, use shea butter instead. Shea butter will heal sun-damaged skin by speeding up cell turnover. Shea butter also contains nutrients and vitamins that nourish the skin, easing irritation and redness. Plus, it is so rich and nourishing that it will not irritate sensitive skin! In fact, shea butter goes so mild on the skin; it can be used on baby’s skin! Shea butter will also heal insect bites, hives, rashes, and skin fissures.
Restore Hair Skin
You can also use raw shea butter to restore hair shine and boost strength. Shea butter protects damage-prone hair strands from damage. Just apply about a teaspoonful of raw shea butter on your tresses then wrap your hair with a warm towel. Leave on for at least 20 minutes before rinsing with a mild shampoo.