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Ingredient Profile: Shea Butter

Shea Butter comes from the Shea or Karite Tree, indigenous to drier parts of west and central Africa. It is extracted from the shea nut in a lengthy process that includes harvesting, cracking, crushing, roasting, grinding, separating the oils, and collecting and shaping the butter. This is a job traditionally performed by village women who use it for cooking or sell it for profit. In many cases, money earned goes back into the community to afford schools, clinics and clean water.

When we receive shea butter, it is a pale yellow solid fat that has a pungent nutty aroma.

Skin Benefits

Shea butter has numerous benefits for the skin. It is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and emollients. It contains:

Vitamin A – a vitamin antioxidant that aids in the functioning and repair of skin cells and improves elasticity and thickness.

Vitamin E – a vitamin antioxidant that protects against free-radical damage and heals structural damage to skin including stretch marks and burns.

Allantoin – a substance that increases water content in the skin, speeds up cellular turnover and growth, and protects skin from drying out and aging.

Catechins – antioxidants that reduce sun damage and slow down aging.

Cinnamic Acid – an antioxidant that offers UV protection and reduces inflammation and redness in skin.

Phytosterols – naturally occurring plant chemicals that soften skin, provide superior moisture and reduce scars.

Oleic Acid – also known as omega-9, a fatty acid that acts as a penetration enhancer to deliver vitamins and antioxidants into layers of skin.

Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) – a powerful antioxidant that protects skin from UV rays, reduces wrinkles, heals wounds and soothes skin.

Products containing shea butter: Rosey Cheeks Organic Facial Cream