Spotlight on product ingredients : Shea Butter
While this devastating pandemic, Covid-19, tears its way through the world, many of us are struggling to cope with the necessity of staying at home. While my heart goes out to everyone who has suffered loss due to this awful disease, I have the utmost admiration and gratitude to all front line workers dealing with it on a daily basis.
For me, this surreal in-between time has given me an unexpected gift : time. Time to take a deep breath and reevaluate what is important. Time to finish all the little projects I had started and failed to complete. Time to try out new recipes, failing horribly at some, but not failing to learn from them. Time to spend putting my thoughts together and time to have long video chats about nothing with loved ones and share a laugh.
I've also finally got time to put together a little bit of information on all the ingredients I like to use in my soap, shampoo bars and lotions, and share them.
I love working with Shea Butter – not only does it have all the benefits listed below, it blends easily with other ingredients I use in my products, particularly the lotion bars. It also gives these products a lovely silky feel.
Shea Butter is a fat that is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree. Although it is technically a tree nut product, it is very low in the proteins that can trigger nut allergies. In fact, there is no medical literature documenting an allergy to Shea Butter.
Shea Butter does not contain chemical irritants known to dry out skin, and doesn’t clog pores. It is appropriate for nearly any skin type.
Shea Butter is typically used for its moisturizing effects. These benefits are tied to Shea’s fatty acid content, including linoleic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acids.
It won’t make your skin oily – since Shea Butter contains high levels of linoleic acid and oleic acid, these two acids cancel each other out which means shea butter is easy for your skin to absorb and won’t make your skin look oily after application.
The plant esters of shea butter have been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to the skin, shea triggers cytokines and other inflammatory cells to slow their production. This may help minimise irritation caused by environmental factors, such as dry weather, as well as inflammatory skin conditions.
Not only is it an antioxidant, it’s antifungal too. Shea Butter has significant levels of Vitamins A and E, which means it promotes strong antioxidant activity. Shea tree products have been established as powerful ingredients to fight skin infections caused by fungi. While it may not be able to treat every kind of fungal infection, it kills spores of the fungi that causes ringworm and athlete’s foot.
Shea Butter is rich in different kinds of fatty acids. This unique composition helps clear your skin of excess oil (sebum) At the same time, it restores moisture to your skin and locks it in to your epidermis so your skin doesn’t dry out. The result is a restoration of the natural balance of oils in your skin, which may help stop acne before it starts.
So in a nutshell, Shea Butter is packed with essential nutrients that can enhance your natural complexion. Not only that – it just feels good.