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Ingredient name

Shea butter

INCI Name

BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) OIL

Shea butter

Shea butter is a valuable plant oil extracted from the seeds of the tree of the same name, which grows in Africa. Thanks to its high concentration of oleic (Omega-9), linoleic (Omega-6), and linolenic (Omega-3) unsaturated acids, stearic and palmitic saturated acids, powerful antioxidants - vitamins A and E - as well as vitamin F, shea butter is the ideal cosmetic ingredient for skin and haircare.

Its intensive hydrating, softening, and rejuvenating effects are the main useful properties of shea butter.

It relieves the discomfort of extreme cold, wind, and sunlight. Shea butter is excellent for healing cuts and abrasions, and relieves minor inflammations and allergic reactions to insect bites.

Why it’s good for your face

  • Shea butter transforms dry and dehydrated skin on the face
  • The fatty acids in its composition stimulate collagen production and cell regeneration
  • It provides intense nourishment for cells
  • It evens the skin tone and smooths out small wrinkles

Why it’s good for your hair

  • Shea butter stimulates hair growth
  • It protects against the harmful effects of free radicals, sunlight, and salt from seawater
  • It improves the structure of the hair shaft and increases keratin production

Why it’s good for your body

  • Shea butter restores the skin’s lipid barrier
  • It eliminates flaking and speeds up the healing of small wounds and cracks
  • It reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks

Contraindications

Contraindicated for anyone with an allergy to rubber plant sap (Latex) and for use on open acne.

Scientific evidence

[1] It has been scientifically proven that shea butter is ideal for skincare, thanks to its rejuvenating, softening, and moisturizing effect, and also because of its ability to protect skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/journal/paperinfo.aspx?journalid=118&doi=10.11648/j.ajls.20140205.18

[2] In addition, a recent Japanese study demonstrated that shea nuts and butter are important sources of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor compounds.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832

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