Shea butter is a natural fat extracted from the seeds of the shea tree. Its benefits for skin health have long been known. However, is shea butter safe for still sensitive baby skin?
Choosing a skin care product for a baby should not be arbitrary. The reason is that the baby’s skin is still very smooth and sensitive, so it is prone to various skin problems if given improper skin care products.
Safe Use of Shea Butter for Infant’s Skin
Shea butter contains various types of saturated fatty acids, such as palmitic acid, stearic, oleic, and linoleic, which can moisturize the skin. In addition, shea butter also contains vitamin A and vitamin E which can maintain skin health.
Mothers do not have to worry, shea butter is very safe to apply on all skin types, including baby skin. The main benefit of shea butter for baby’s skin is to help retain its skin moisture.
Some studies suggest that shea butter can relieve inflammation and itching in baby’s skin caused by dry skin, eczema, atopic dermatitis, diaper rash, and even psoriasis. Shea butter can also act as an anti-inflammatory to relieve skin irritation due to insect bites.
Although still needs further research, the nutritional content of shea butter is also believed to fight skin infections due to bacteria and fungi.
Tips for Choosing and Applying Shea Butter to Infant’s Skin
Before buying shea butter, there are some things that the mother needs to pay attention to first. Choose shea butter that is 100% natural, refined, and does not contain additional chemicals, such as sulfates, parabens, or preservatives.
If the mother wants to buy shea butter that is not purified, it is okay. However, maybe shea butter will contain fragments of shea seeds. To separate these fragments, first heat the shea butter in the microwave until it melts, then strain the oil with a thin cotton cloth.
Shea butter can be used in the form of oil or solid. Shea butter oil that is not hot can be used to massage the Little One. However, avoid using this oil on the eye area and genitals.