The safety of raw shea butter and related forms have been evaluated by the Expert Panel on Cosmetic Ingredient Review and they note its popularity in cosmetics and personal care products compared to many other oils with a total of 1,950 products, with 1,680 of those used in leave-in formulations.
They also note that “a recent study of shea butter use concentrations reports a maximum use concentration of 60 percent in products left on the surface.”
While other research reports that through their studies, shea nuts and shea fat (shea butter) were found to reduce inflammation.
Studies also showed that shea butter contains a significant source of antitumor compounds.
• Most of our skincare products contain synthetics (I call them “the true price of beauty”) which are often the main ingredients, and you will find them in many lotions, creams, eye makeup, face makeup, and lipsticks.
• In contrast, raw shea butter is a great natural ingredient because it acts as a moisturizer and adds a nice glow to the skin.
• It helps to soften the skin by providing hydration and is therefore an amazing skin conditioning agent.
• Look for products that contain pure shea butter and other all-natural ingredients.
2.- Provides anti-aging properties
• Raw shea butter helps the regeneration of tissue cells and smoothes the skin, reducing wrinkles.
• The American Journal of Life Sciences reported a clinical study involving 30 volunteers in which shea butter decreased various signs of aging.
• In another clinical study for dry, delicate, or aged skin, 49 volunteers applied shea butter twice a day and found that it prevented photoaging.
• It has also been shown to increase collagen production, which is essential for skin strength.
3.- Hydrates the scalp and hair
• This butter locks in moisture, conditioning the scalp, soothing dandruff, and providing overall protection against harsh weather – much like coconut oil works for hair.
• You can use it on the scalp, hair, or both to improve your health and appearance.
• Gently heat the shea butter to soften it and rub it thoroughly into the hair and scalp.
• For best results, leave on for 20-30 minutes.
• Then rinse, shampoo, and condition as usual.
• It can provide volume when applied only to the roots while styling!
4.- Relieves burns
• Shea butter is perfect for helping to get rid of that itchy winter skin!
• Its hydrating qualities penetrate deep into the skin offering more hydrating benefits while preventing wind burns.
• It is perfect for dry and cracked heels, rough hands, elbows, and knees.
• Like my own homemade sunscreen, shea butter also protects your skin from the sun and is a much healthier option because most sunscreens are full of harmful chemicals that penetrate the skin and enter our bodies.
• These chemicals can cause inflammation that causes disease and many other problems.
• While the SPF is around 6, it can provide some protection more naturally and is perfect under makeup.
5.- Reduces stretch marks, scars, and cellulite
• How do you get rid of cellulite and stretch marks? Although many believe that Retin-A and laser treatments are the only way to reduce stretch marks, raw shea butter can help.
• Due to its amazing healing properties and hydrating qualities, shea butter can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars, as well as cellulite by smoothing and smoothing the skin.
6.- Prevents diaper rash in babies
• Shea butter is a great ointment for your baby’s diaper rash due to its antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that can fight yeast.
• Raw shea butter can help improve blood circulation, promoting cell regeneration while enhancing collagen production.
• Both cell regeneration and collagen production are important to heal diaper rash quickly.
• Since most children are exposed to a large number of chemicals through the many products on the shelf, this is the perfect solution to help avoid those chemicals and ensure comfort and rapid healing of your baby.
Considered a sacred tree, the shea tree (shea tree) grows naturally in the wild in the dry savannah belt of West Africa, from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east, and up to the foothills of the Ethiopian highlands.
Shea butter comes from the nuts found on the tree by removing the outer shell.
The nuts are crushed by hand so that they can be slowly toasted in the butter.
Once this is done, the butter is kneaded by hand in a large bowl of water to separate the oils, also known as fatty acids.
These fatty acids are what provide the restorative properties that make it one of the best options for skincare and more.
To obtain the final product, the shea butter is removed from the top and cooled until set.
Because it is believed to have spiritual protection powers, the shea tree is considered sacred by many communities and ethnic groups, and it plays an important role in religious and cultural ceremonies.
The shea tree has many health benefits and when combined with palm oil, it serves as an edible oil for many households in parts of Sahel Africa, particularly northern Nigeria.
Shea butter has been around for centuries and some believe it was used by Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba!
How to choose the best shea butter
• It is important to buy only high-quality raw shea butter so that you get the most benefits.
• The American Institute of Shea Butter notes that shea butter contains the ingredient cinnamic acid, an anti-inflammatory agent, which is a substance closely related to the same cinnamon found in your kitchen cabinet.
• The less pure the shea butter, the less cinnamic acid is present; therefore, the benefits of shea butter are greatly diminished.
• Also, many shea kinds of butter have added ingredients, such as fragrances, to make it cheaper – and these additives can dilute the benefits enormously.
• Shea butter is recommended to be used within 18 months of removing the seed, as the beneficial properties may diminish over time.
• You can also look for the American Shea Butter Institute Seal of Approval on the packaging (although not all reputable brands have this seal of approval).
• You can find shea butter at your local health food store.
• Always look for raw/unrefined and organic products.
Shea Butter Recipes
Of course, it’s easy to make your skincare products at home.
Raw shea butter is gentle enough for daily use and is perfect for many uses, from face creams and body lotions to lip balms and even shaving cream. Try these recipes.
• Body Butter Lotion
• Lavender Mint lip balm
• Myrrh frankincense lotion
• Natural Shaving Cream
Tea Tree and Lavender Shea Butter Face Cream
This cream not only provides hydration for your skin but can also be a home remedy for acne and help fight wrinkles or any scars that may have resulted from damage caused by the sun or acne.
• It will also revitalize your skin leaving it radiant!
• Apply generously under makeup in the morning and at night, leaving it on while you sleep.
• 3 tablespoons raw shea butter, unrefined
• 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
• 3-5 drops of tea tree oil
• 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil
• 2-3 drops of frankincense essential oil
• It is important not to overheat the shea butter as it will lose many of its healing properties.
• Heating it up makes it easier to mix, so keep a close eye on it.
• Add the oils slowly as you mix them.
• Whipped shea butter will not change its chemical structure or benefits.
• If you prefer the result to be harder than the shake, you don’t need a hand mixer. Simply mix with a spatula.
How to do it
• Using a double boiler, melt the shea butter.
Another option is to use a heat-sensitive container that can be placed in a saucepan filled with water, such as a jar.
• Once melted, place the shea butter in the refrigerator to cool and partially solidify. This takes 10-15 minutes.
• Remove from the refrigerator and place in a bowl.
Add the oils slowly while whisking the shea butter.
You can use an electric hand mixer to beat to your desired consistency.
If you don’t have one, use a spatula and mix the ingredients well.
• Place the mixture in a glass jar with a lid and store.
You can store it in the refrigerator or a cool dark place for a longer shelf life, which is about 3 weeks.
Negative side effects of shea butter
• Some people are allergic to tree nuts, and that can include nuts from the Shea tree.
• Therefore, the FDA’s Food Allergen Labeling, and Consumer Protection Act requires that all foods containing shea nuts be labeled.
• Although the American Institute of Shea Butter states that there have been no clinical trials that prove that Shea butter causes allergies, if you are allergic to nuts, it may be best to stay away from Shea butter until you are sure that it will not have any negative side effects.