Shea butter is one of the nature’s miracles. With it remarkable healing and moisturizing abilities, it is heralded as one of the best skin care products for smooth and supple skin. Unrefined Shea butter has additional remedial properties. It is the oil obtained from the nuts of the Shea tree which is native to Western and Central parts of Africa. Shea butter has amazing medicinal properties and has been used since ages for the purpose of treating inflammatory joint and skin disorders in addition to its use as cooking oil and waterproof wax.
Unrefined organic Shea butter is completely free of any sort of preservatives or additives. It is aromatic in nature with a misty aroma and is a rich source of vitamins A and E which, due to their anti-oxidant properties, provide relief from oxidative stress and protect the cells from oxidation induced damage. It absorbs into the skin readily. In addition, Shea butter promotes healing and repair of the damaged cells, thus rejuvenating the skin cells. Shea butter is said to contain the same oils that are produced by the oil producing sebaceous glands of the skin.
Unrefined Shea butter has a myriad of benefits for skin.
- It is an exceptional moisturizer that hydrates every pore of the skin thus helping in the prevention of skin conditions that develop as a result of dry skin like dermatitis, eczema, skin cracking etc.
- Shea butter, owing to its skin conditioning and curative effect, also helps in treating sunburns, stretch marks, psoriasis, acne, insect bites, frost bite, pruritus (itching), various sorts of skin blemishes etc.
- It has a soothing effect on the inflamed skin.
- Its anti-inflammatory characteristics make it particularly beneficial for the treatment of various sorts of skin allergies.
- By maintaining the elasticity of the skin and preventing the formation of wrinkles, it works as an anti-aging product.
- It is an effective lip balm as it prevents the drying and cracking of lips.
- It protects the skin of the scalp against the damage caused by dryness and keeps it moisturized. Consequently, it prevents the development of dandruff and stops hair loss.
- It can be used as a sun-block. It is also used to ease the after-sun damage to the skin.
Refined Shea butter loses most of its properties so it should be used in its pure, crude form to make the most out of it.