Shea butter, or else known as karité, has trementous benefits for the skin and hair being a multivitamin source and one of the most significant plant extracts (from the shea tree), alongside cocoa butter.
Shea Butter is Rich in Vitamins
It is highly rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E which are essential for cell regeneration and overall health of skin. Moreover, it contains high quantities of Vitamin F which is known to be one of the best skin defending as well as smoothening mechanisms.
Shea butter contains a specific type of fatty acid (unsaponifiables), more than twice the amount compared to avocado oil, which renders it as one of the best skin soothing and conditioning ingredients, without however clogging the pores.
Shea Butter Use
Apart from being used as a daily moisturizer, increasing the elasticity of the skin, shea butter can be used for reducing skin blemishes, dark spots and stretch marks or even acne scarring, since it works great on treating cracked or wounded skin. Shea butter’s exquisite healing properties place it higher on the list of plant-based oils and extracts, such as jojoba and castor oil.
Raw shea butter has the best quality and therefore yields the best results, such as the 100% natural African shea butter, whereas the processed ones are recommended for limited use, e.g. as moisturisers.