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Shea Butter Benefits

How does Shea Butter benefit my skin?


What is Shea butter?

Shea butter, also known as karite butter, is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite trees. Grown in the savannah a region of West and Central Africa Shea butter is often referred to as "women's gold" because cultivation from the nuts employs thousands of rural African women. In most parts of West Africa, destruction of the Shea tree is prohibited because the nut provides such a valuable source of medicine, food and income for the population. 

Shea World products are a particularly effective moisturizer because organic Shea butter contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity. The high fatty acid content of organic Shea butter gives it a soft, butter-like texture that melts and absorbs readily into the skin. Once you try our products your skin will settle for nothing less.

What can organic Shea butter do for my skin?

Organic Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, eczema and stretch marks. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation. Shea butter also contains cinnamic acid, a natural protectant against harmful UV rays.

Why does organic Shea butter work so well?

Organic Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity. It also contains high levels of vitamins A, E, and F. Vitamin A in organic Shea Butter is important for improving a number of skin conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. The high quantities of Vitamin E in Shea World's unrefined, organic Shea butter should benefit the skin in two ways: First, it increases the microcirculation, which results in increased blood supply to and from the skin. Second, Vitamin E may serve as an anti-free radical agent thereby aiding in preventing the harmful effects of sun and environmental exposure.

Can Shea butter really help with stretch marks?

Yes! Research has found that organic Shea butter alone can do wonders for skin elasticity. The prevention of stretch marks is one of the primary reasons why many women start using Shea butter. Stretch marks usually appear when there is a rapid increase in weight, which is common during pregnancy. Some pregnant women apply organic Shea butter even before their pregnancy begins to show. This makes the skin more elastic and supple. It also helps the skin to be more accommodating to the stretching and increase in weight and bulk associated with pregnancy. Organic Shea butter promotes elasticity in our skin due to its abundance in Vitamin A. We recommend Shea Worlds unrefined organic Shea Butter at least three times a day to help fade the appearance of stretch marks on the skin. Organic Shea butter can easily help improve the appearance of scars, discoloration and other skin disorders.

How can Shea butter help with Eczema?

Eczema causes a painful itching that is almost impossible to ignore. Left untreated it can cause many future problems for those who suffer from it even leaving lasting scars. Many lotions only irritate eczema further, causing even more discomfort. The typical creams that are used to treat skin eczema are known as anti-inflammatory creams. While some of them are available over-the-counter, most of them can only be obtained with a doctor's prescription and they are not guaranteed to work. The downside of prescription creams is that they can be very expensive and most contain steroids. For Eczema, organic Shea butter is one of the best solutions available on the planet. organic Shea butter can reduce itching, redness and cracks associated with eczema. It can also improve your blood circulation to nourish your skin. Treating Eczema with organic Shea butter is extremely effective, thanks to the long list of vitamins and minerals contained in the oil. These elements help to give Shea butter its soothing, healing quality. Using Shea World's organic Shea butter to treat eczema will not only be effective, but it will save you money as well.

The emollient effect of Shea butter is not difficult to explain nor is it in anyway controversial, but it has been demonstrated in scientific studies. A trial of a cream containing 5% shea butter was shown to be beneficial in subjects suffering from eczema. In another study the degree of moisturisation of the skin was measured using conductivity measurements. An hour and a half after the application of raw Shea butter the measured moisturisation was 31% higher. Even 8 hours after application the skin was still reading 20% higher than at the start of the experiment.

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Does Shea Butter help with sore muscles?

Yes! Shea World organic Shea butter is not only great for your skin, but it is a great muscle ache remedy. Shea Butter contains an all-natural substance called Stigma sterol (Anti-Stiffness Factor). Stigma sterol is an unsaturated plant sterol found in Shea World's organic Shea butter. It is also known as the anti-stiffness factor because it has the ability to relax tired muscles and relieve swelling and muscle tension. Rubbing Shea butter on your skin before you begin a workout can really help prevent muscle aches. Not to mention the good skin benefits that will come with it. Post workout, you can rub more organic Shea nutter on to combat the pains, stiffness and sore muscles. A great idea is to melt the organic Shea butter until it's comfortably warm, and rub this into your skin, massaging your muscles. Not only does the rich, warm organic Shea butter feel sinfully good, but you can practically kiss those muscle aches goodbye.

What other things can Shea Butter help my skin?

1) Use it as a daily moisturizer and get rid of those expensive processed lotions and creams.

2) Apply immediately after shaving or waxing to prevent irritation and to give your skin a lustrous, satiny look and feel.

3) Africans have been using organic Shea butter daily for centuries as a unique link between mother and child to prevent delicate baby skin irritations.

4) Apply organic Shea butter to all of your body parts that are exposed, to the cold weather. The film that organic Shea butter leaves on your skin will screen and protect it for hours. Never forget that the fight against aging begins with protection.

5) Your skin suffers during the whole summer. Regular use of organic Shea butter in addition to sunscreen products, before and after sun exposure, leaves you with tanned skin and reduced peeling. Do not hesitate to oil hair before swimming and to maintain this treatment after the season is over.

6) For men, use organic Shea butter after shaving for a healthy and younger feeling skin. Men are also encouraged to use Shea World's Shea Butter daily. Apply a generous amount from head to foot, with special care for joint (elbows and knees), toes, heels and nails.

What does quality Shea Butter look like?

Raw or unrefined Shea butter should be extracted using only water. The color varies depending on the nuts being used, but ranges from a cream color to a yellow or yellowish grey. Pure natural Shea butter also has a characteristic smell. Once you smell pure organic Shea butter, you will always know the smell. In fact, some first time users of organic Shea butter occasionally say the fragrance of Shea butter is not the most attractive. However, after 2 or 3 minutes on the body the butter's natural fragrance goes away. Unaltered Shea Butter does not have a cologne or perfume fragrance. If your Shea Butter does not have the characteristic smell, color, and does not spread like butter, it is probably not good quality Shea butter.

Refined Shea butter is more highly processed. It is often filtered and deodorized. Most of its natural components are still active, but a portion of the natural coloring and aroma will have been removed.

What if my Shea butter melts?

Don't worry, this is normal. When it's hot out it's common that the organic Shea butter you receive will melt some where along the delivery route. In fact one of the great things about Shea butter is the fact it melts just below body temperature. That's why it becomes liquid and is quickly absorbed when applied to your skin. All you need to do if your Shea Butter melts is take the lid off of the jar and put it in the refrigerator. You may want to stir it once or twice while it cools to help keep a uniform distribution of the olein (liquid parts) and stearin (solid parts). Keeping it away from temperatures above 90 degrees and keeping it in a cool place will prevent melting in the future.