Sunday, July 12, 2015

Shea butter

Shea butter

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. 
 
Vitamins 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.

Shea 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.
 
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