Shea Butter: The Ideal Skincare Ingredient for Moisture
I always have and always will be a Shea Butter Baby. Shea butter is a proven moisturizer for skin and has countless soothing and anti-aging properties that help improve the appearance of skin. It is an ingredient that you need to know, and here’s why:
Shea butter is a fatty butter that is extracted from shea tree nuts originating in West Africa. The color resembles ivory and the texture is deliciously creamy making it easy to spread onto your skin. Shea butter’s high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids make it an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening rough and dry skin and sealing in moisture for hours. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, making it an effective ingredient for those dealing with acne, psoriasis, eczema, or dry skin.
What are the benefits of shea butter as a moisturizer? Here are 10:
- Won’t Make Skin Oily
- Helps Reduce Appearance of Scars & Stretch marks
- Helps soothe irritation and sunburn
- Anti-inflammatory, Anti-fungal, & Anti-bacterial
- Helps Boost Collagen
- Promotes Cell Regeneration
- Promotes Wound Healing
- Safe for all skin types
- Antioxidant rich
Shea butter should be used as the final product in your body care routine. For best results, use a body scrub to exfoliate the skin before applying shea butter for better penetration. After cleansing, apply cream lotion and/or oil as desired before applying shea butter to lock in all of the hydration. Our personal favorite body care recommendation is AFOKOSKIN’s The Body Kit, which includes Coffee Body Scrub, Black Soap Body Wash, and Whipped Body Butter.
Is Shea Butter Good for the Face?
It is important to note that due to the high fat content of shea butter, it is a comedogenic ingredient, meaning it can clog your pores. It is a highly effective moisturizer when used on the body, but is likely too heavy to use directly on the face. We recommend using a cream/lotion moisturizer that contains shea butter as a listed ingredient if you’re interested in using shea butter on your face.
In short, give me shea butter and give it to me now!