The weather outside is frightful, and your skin doesn't feel so delightful? Sounds like your skin is craving some rich, buttery love. Shea butter is like a secret superfood for our skin. For centuries, this nutrient powerhouse has been boosting the health, energy and integrity of our skin with its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties.
1. Moisturizing: Shea butter is loaded with vitamins A and E, minerals, and essential fatty acids that give it the ability to soothe, hydrate and balance your beautiful skin. In this harsh winter weather, shea butter should be your skin's new best friend. It's renowned for being an effective moisturizer for dry skin, eczema, and even chapped lips. Shea butter can even help to soften that cracked, dry skin on your heels, elbows and knees. Ah yes, sweet relief.
2. Anti-inflammatory: Shea butter has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin inflammation and heal scrapes, cuts and burns; relieve sunburn and rashes; take the sting out of insect bites; and ease the pain from muscle fatigue and arthritis. And let's not forget, in a 2010 study, researchers concluded that “shea nuts and shea fat (shea butter) constitute a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour promoting compounds". We'll take some more of that, won't we?
3. Anti-aging Properties: Shea butter has been used for centuries as a wrinkle reducer. The essential fatty acids found in shea butter help support your skin’s natural collagen production, restoring its firmness and elasticity. The American Shea Butter Institute even claims that the application of shea butter will diminish the appearance of wrinkles in as little as four to six weeks. Hurrah!
Now that you've discovered this secret superfood for your skin, you can head back outside to embrace winter's icy gaze, knowing that your skin is feeling delightful once again.