Shea butter is a seed fat that comes from the African shea tree. Shea butter comes from the kernels, within the tree. Although it is a tree nut product, it contains very little protein that can trigger allergies. Once the kernel is removed from the seed, it is ground, boiled in water, and then the butter rises and solidifies at the top. There are many skin functions for shea butter, including acne, dandruff, and eczema. It is also known for cooking as fat, as well as used in cosmetics.
Like an emollient, shea butter can soften and smooth dry skin, by trapping moisture. Due to its multi-functional characteristics, it has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. It can also reduce skin swelling such as eczema, as it contains a substance that helps with these types of conditions. In general, shea butter can be used for hydrating, as an antioxidant, and to soothe skin irritation(anti-inflammatory properties). It is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. With all of these wonderful qualities, its multifunctional talents are to moisturize, nourish, and soothe the skin, creating softer, more hydrated, plumper skin, especially during the dry winter months. And if that is not enough, it is known to help prevent stretch marks and fade scars.
Shea butter does not contain chemical irritants known to dry out the skin or clog pores; therefore, it’s appropriate for nearly all skin types. And by topically applying shea, the oils and fatty acid content causes it to be rapidly absorbed into your skin. And this process restores the barrier between your skin and the outside environment. Containing linoleic oleic acid, they balance each other with a smooth feeling, but not oily.
Another reason I love shea butter is its anti-inflammatory properties. It triggers the minimization of irritation caused by dry weather or even skin conditions like eczema. Vitamins A and E promote strong antioxidant activity, such as anti-aging. Shea butter also contains compounds that boost collagen production, thus minimizing fine lines. It can not only reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring, but also of wrinkles. This butter can not only prevent hair breakage, but make hair stronger and help treat dandruff. It may help soothe muscle soreness, promote wound healing, and even help relieve arthritis pain.
It’s usually incorporated with other moisturizer ingredients, thereby spreading easier as it’s a thick solid at room temperature. The Lizush Shea butter cream contains only premium quality 100% natural ingredients and essential oils. Since it does not contain water, but only pure oils, using a little bit goes a long way. I like to apply some Shea butter cream after the shower before bed time. It doesn’t make me feel as if I have oily skin, but rather soothes and smoothes my skin. What a wonderful experience!