Shea Butter and Your Health
“Not only incredible but amazing...”extract from Taraji P. Henson, a popular actress on Queen Latifah show on 19 December, 2013 regarding the benefits of shea butter. It has been proven over the years of the phenomenon impact of Shea Butter on the skin.
The main components of shea butter include oleic acid, stearic acid, which are fatty acids that occur naturally in various animal and vegetable fats and oils. They are odourless, colourless oil, although commercial samples may be yellowish. As a result, shea butter gets absorbed quickly into the skin as it melts at body temperature. They could be in processed form or raw. Raw or unrefined shea butter is the purest form of shea butter which is most natural. Refined shea butter, on the other hand, is the processed form of the butter.
Shea butter demonstrates several health benefits particularly for the skin and hair. It is used in a variety of cosmetics and medicinal formulas in combination with other ingredients. Some of the health related benefits are given below.
Due to the presence of several fatty acids as mentioned earlier, shea butter is known for its healing properties. Why? These major components do not undergo any form of process called saponification, like that of soap making which are always in contact with alkali. Restriction of alkaline diet can provide essential fatty acids, which are required to maintain immunity and make healthy cells. Shea butter does not undergo any form of safonification like other nut oils and fats, therefore imparting a great healing potential for the skin. Raw unrefined shea butter is effective for curing eczema, skin rashes, scars, stretch marks, insect and frost bites, burns, arthritis, and muscle fatigue and so on.
In addition to the health benefits, it also has a very high antioxidant benefits such as vitamins A and E, as well as flavanols which scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation, which is important for overall health as well as cardiovascular health, cognitive health, skin health, blood flow. The vitamins A and E protect the cells from free radicals and environmental damage like ultra violet radiation on the skin. Shea butter is considered as the number one skincare for frost weather because it provides the extra moisture, nutrients and protection needed by the skin and lips during the cold season and the hottest time of the season.
Women all over the world are particular about their ageing. Here is it: Shea Butter is considered as one of the best anti-ageing and moisturizing agents for skin. It stimulates the production of collagen, the youthful scaffolding protein in the skin. The components of found in shea butter keep the skin graceful, nourished and prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Shea butter penetrates the skin easily without blocking the pores and is effective for dry skin. Unrefined shea butter is natural devoid of any form of chemicals. Hence, it is ideal for baby care, it is specially adapted for delicate and sensitive skin of babies. It helps prevent diaper rash on the skin of babies.
Aside the benefits associated with health and skin, shea butter is simply amazing for hair care It is effective in soothing a dry itchy scalp or dandruff. It possesses anti-inflammatory qualities and gets absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue or clogging the pores. Its vitamins A and E contents, assist in soothes dryness, repairs breakage and mends split ends. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer for the hair from roots to tips. It is highly effective in locking in moisture without leaving the hair greasy or heavy. Shea butter has wide usage in curly hair treatments due to its emollient qualities. A number of chemical treatments on the hair are responsible for shredding off natural moisture from the hair. Shea butter helps restore this lost moisture.
In a tropical environment like us, few users have complained about making their skin darker. But have you considered using it every night before going to bed? At that moment, your skin is devoid of any form of stress and shea butter will absorb into your skin and act on all unwanted blemishes.
Shea is She...She is Shea!