Shea butter

Shea butter is a natural substance extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), which is native to West Africa. Shea trees mainly grow in West African regions, including Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, and Senegal. Shea nuts are harvested from the tree’s fruits and then sun-dried. After drying, the nuts are crushed, roasted, and kneaded to extract the shea butter.

Shea butter is rich in essential fatty acids such as oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid. It also contains vitamins A, E, and F, as well as antioxidant compounds.

What are the benefits of shea butter?

  1. Intense Hydration: Shea butter is an excellent emollient that deeply moisturizes the skin. It helps restore the skin barrier and prevent dryness.
  2. Nourishment: The fatty acids present in shea butter, such as oleic acid and linoleic acid, deeply nourish the skin, promoting softer and smoother skin.
  3. Reducing Inflammation: Its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe skin irritations, including sunburns, rashes, and irritations caused by skin conditions like eczema.
  4. Healing: Shea butter contains compounds such as triterpenes, known to promote cell regeneration and aid in wound healing.
  5. Protection against External Aggressions: Antioxidants such as vitamin E present in shea butter help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and UV rays.
  6. Scalp Care: Massaging shea butter gently onto the scalp can help soothe irritations, reduce dandruff, and promote a healthy scalp.
  7. Split Ends Repair: Due to its richness in fatty acids, shea butter can help repair split ends by nourishing the hair and making it more supple.
  8. Heat Protection: Applying shea butter before using heated styling tools can provide some thermal protection, reducing damage caused by excessive heat.
  9. Frizz Control: Shea butter can help smooth hair and control frizz, leaving hair more manageable and silky.