Hailing from West Africa, shea butter is an extraordinary emollient that soaks into skin and forms a long-lasting protective barrier. This magical moisturizer is cherished the world over; here’s why.
WHAT IS SHEA BUTTER?
Shea butter comes from the nuts of a shea tree. When extracted, the fat from these nuts results in a rich cream with a smooth consistency that’s loaded with vitamins and healthy, healing properties. It has been used in Africa for years on the skin and hair, and also has a long history of medicinal use for everything from skin wounds to leprosy.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF SHEA BUTTER?
Shea butter is also a “magic” ingredient for those in pursuit of anti-aging ingredients. It has high levels of stearic, oleic and linoleic acids, which are all highly effective antioxidants. These combat free radicals and oxidative stress to help prevent skin aging, while protecting your body from absorbing environmental toxins.
These antioxidant acids in shea butter also help promote new cell turnover, provide nutrients necessary for collagen production, and support tightness and elasticity in the skin.
There is a high concentration of Vitamin K in shea butter, which helps cuts and skin injuries or wounds to heal faster. Vitamin E is also found in shea butter, which is a great natural protector against harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Vitamin A is another healthy component of shea butter, and is an important vitamin for improving a number of skin conditions. Wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema, blemishes, skin allergies, sunburn and even insect bites respond well to Vitamin A.
The “butter” from these shea tree nuts (so called because of its beautiful, spreadable texture) is packed full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, mostly thanks to its high concentration of cinnamic acid. Applying shea butter to red, inflamed skin or blemishes can have a soothing effect.
GENTLE, SAFE & ALL-NATURAL
One of the best things about using shea butter in your skin and body care routine, or searching for quality natural products that contain it, is that it’s an incredibly low-risk topical ingredient. Allergic reactions to shea butter are very rare, even among people who have allergies to other tree nuts.
HOW CAN I USE SHEA BUTTER?
Shea is a wonderful all-around skin cream, especially for people who work with their hands or have very dry skin. It’s also the perfect ingredient in products like face creams, deodorant, body moisturizers, and lip balm.
If you buy products made with shea butter, be conscious of its quality. There are some inferior butters on the market that have been processed and refined, thus negating some of the beneficial properties.
In our continued mission to maintain the highest ingredient standards and full transparency, P3 Pure products are made with pure organic shea butter to nourish and protect the delicate skin under your arms and on your lips.
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