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Shea Butter: Your Skin's Best Friend

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What Is It?

Shea Butter is a fatty-type substance that comes from the nuts of an African Shea tree. The ingredient is used in many different skin cosmetics, like moisturizers, salves, and lotions. It's even used in food preparations in Africa. Shea Butter is occasionally incorporated in to other oils by the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter.

How Is Shea Butter Made?

First, the fruit's outer pulp is removed. This is the nut that's needed to be separated from the outer shell. Mortars and pestles are then required to crush the Shea nuts into butter. Once that's been completed, the crushed Shea nuts are then roasted, being grounded into a paste shortly after. The paste is then kneaded in a large basin, with water added to it gradually. This helps to separate the oils. Finally, when the butter oil curds are melted, it's a process of slow boiling to get rid of any water by evaporation. The Shea butter is then put in a cool place to harden.

There Are 5 Different Grades Of Shea Butter:

  1. Raw, unrefined; extracted with water
  2. Refined
  3. Highly refined; extracted using hexane: a type of solvent
  4. Uncontaminated Shea Butter
  5. Shea Butter with Contaminants

What Are The Uses Of Shea Butter?

The uses of Shea Butter are primarily cosmetic, being used for skin and hair products, such as moisturizers, creams, hair conditioners, and is often used in the soap industry.

What Are The Benefits Of Shea Butter?

The Vitamin A ingredient in Shea Butter plays an important role in the improvement of different skin conditions. This includes blemishes, wrinkles, and eczema. Shea Butter has also been known to act as a natural sunscreen, with a limited capacity to absorb any ultraviolet radiation. However, you should stil be using a normal, store bought sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.

Here are some other skin irritations that Shea Butter can help treat.

Bug Bites

Shea Butter contains inflammatory properties, resulting in the reduction of itching and swelling that's caused by bug bites. This can be used to relieve the itchiness you get from mosquitoes, bed bugs, and fleas.

Dry And Chapped Skin
The Vitamin F component in Shea Butter is what helps rejuvenate and soothe any dry, rough, and chapped skin. This is also what helps dried out hair when using conditioners or shampoos with Shea Butter ingredients.

Sunburn

The nourishing and hydrating elements in Shea Butter help soothe irritated and red skin caused by sunburn. This also helps rejuvenate skin after peeling, giving your skin back any nourishment it's losing.

Acne And Minor Scars

Applying Shea Butter every day to the areas that have acne scars or minor ones can greatly reduce their appearance. Shea Butter is proven to have ingredients that help rejuvenate the skin, resulting in minor scars disappearing overtime.

Stretch Marks

Shea Butter has been known to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The properties in Shea Butter helps hydrate the skin, therefore preventing stretch marks, as well. It can also help the skin's elasticity, also resulting in the prevention of stretch marks.

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