Shea Butter also known as karite butter, is found in the tropics of
Africa. A substance made from the nuts of karite nut trees (or shea
trees), that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa.
Shea trees are not cultivated. Shea butter is extracted from the nuts
of the shea trees which begins to bear fruit after about 15 years and
take up to 30 years to bear a quality crop of nuts with a high content
of irremovable fatty acid. Because of its irremovable fatty acid, shea
Butter has unique healing properties and makes it far superior to cocoa
butter and other vegetable butters.
Shea butter protects the skin from both environmental and free-radical damage. It contains vitamins A, E and F.
A and E help maintain the skin and keep the skin young and healthy.
Vitamin A and E are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They help
prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines.
Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair.
Butter is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat). Shea Butter has
between 7-12% unsaponifiables. While, avocado oil, a well known skin
conditioner, has between 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables
properties, shea Butter have gerat benefits in treating dry skin, skin
cracks, stretch mark, restore elasticity to skin etc. Shea Butter can
absorb quickly and that easily penetrate the skin allowing the skin to
breathe and not clogging pores.
Shea Butter has a high
level of cinnamic acid, a natural sun screen. Shea butter provides
some degree of protection from the sun.
Shea Butter has demonstrated both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.