Shea butter is a natural fat extracted from shea nuts grown widely in African savannas. The nutrients it contains have many benefits, especially for skin and hair health. Shea butter can be used as a sunscreen to dandruff.
For shea butter, shea bean seeds are processed into powder by drying, roasting, and grinding. Next, the powder is boiled to produce oil. The oil that appears on the surface of the water is then separated and cooled to a solid such as cream or butter. This butter can be used for cooking or treated into beauty products, such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, and even skin moisturizer.
Benefits of Shea Butter for skin and hair
What makes shea butter one of the primary ingredients in skin and hair care products is its nutritional content. Shea butter contains antifungal, antifungal, and antioxidant substances that protect the skin from free radicals, and are believed to overcome a number of skin disorders.
Shea butter does not contain substances that can cause dry skin and irritation but also does not make the skin oily, making it safe for use on all skin types. Here are some benefits you can get from using shea butter:
- As a moisturizer and sunscreen
Shea butter works as an emollient that can soften and moisturize dry skin. In addition, shea butter contains SPF (sun protection factor), which can be used as an extra sunscreen to protect the skin from sun exposure. But to improve sun protection, you should still use sunblock.
- Overcoming minor burns
The anti-inflammatory component of shea butter is believed to reduce redness and swelling. The fatty acids component can also alleviate mild burns, such as sunburn, by maintaining skin moisture during the healing process.
- Delay early aging
The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin is an early sign of aging. Shea butter is able to prevent premature aging because its triterpenic content can maintain and enhance collagen production which is essential for skin elasticity. Meanwhile, vitamins A and E in shea butter can help regenerate the skin by stimulating the formation of new skin cells.
These nutritional blends help prevent premature aging, as well as reduce the fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, making the skin look youthful.
- Prevents and reduces stretch marks and keloids
The vitamin A and E content of shea butter are known to moisturize and restore skin elasticity, helping to prevent and reduce stretch marks. One study also showed that the content of essential fatty acids in shea butter can hydrate the skin while reducing keloid growth.
- Prevent acne
Shea butter is rich in many types of essential fatty acids that can control the production of excess oil and restore and maintain the skin’s moisture so that the skin is not dry and oily. This balance of oils on the skin can prevent acne.
- Treat skin infections
The nutritional content of shea butter is believed to fight fungal skin infections, such as wrinkles and water fleas. Shea butter is also commonly used to treat mump infections, such as sores.
- Overcoming inflammation in the skin
The anti-inflammatory component of shea butter is known to soothe the skin and relieve itching caused by eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis. The results show that shea butter can be used in conjunction with creams to treat eczema.
- Treat dandruff
One way to treat dandruff is to restore the dry, irritated scalp. Well, a study shows that combining shea butter with other moisturizers can help reduce dandruff and risk of scaly skin.
There are 2 types of shea butter, namely refined and unrefined shea butter. Refined shea butter is shea butter that undergoes many refining processes, whereas unrefined shea butter is pure shea butter that does not undergo much refining.
Although considered safe for all skin types, you can still be at risk for irritation or allergies to shea butter. So if you have a skin or hair complaint after applying shea butter, stop using it and consult your doctor.
12th June 18:37