OverDMoon Shea Butter Collection
What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree. It is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been intensively used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair. Could Shea Butter be responsible for the term ‘Black Don’t Crack’? – a term used to describe the youthful look of African’s skin.
Shea Butter Benefits
Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in Shea Butter, ‘lupeol cinnamate’, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.
Shea Butter Uses
Shea butter is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients. It is very beneficial in many ways, some of which are:
Skin natural moisturizer
To prevent pregnancy stretch marks
As the best under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
On the hair or scalp mixed with coconut oil
After sun or beach exposure to replenish skin
As a natural cuticle cream
On scars to naturally help collagen production
On the chest and sore/raw nose during a cold or flu
As a body massage butter
On the foot heels to soften calluses and prevent them