Shea butter is a natural fat extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (vitellaria paradoxa or butyrospermum parkii), which is native to West Africa. Shea butter is rich in fatty acids, vitamins (particularly vitamin E) and antioxidants and a sought after ingredient because of its nourishing and protective properties. Shea butter is used in a wide range of skincare products including creams, lotions and body butters. It’s also found in products that target skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, as well as anti-aging products that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Shea butter is sourced from the nuts of the shea tree, which is primarily found in the savannah regions of West Africa, particularly in countries including Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. It has been traditionally harvested and processed by local communities for its valuable oil-rich nuts that are used to create shea butter.
Shea butter is generally well-tolerated on skin and considered safe for most.
Creates Moisture-Rich Skin
Shea butter helps lock in moisture to deeply hydrate skin.
Smoothes and Calms Skin
It has anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritated skin and reduce redness and discomfort.
Shea butter is rich in vitamins, especially vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish skin and promote a healthy complexion.
Contains Anti-Aging Benefits
Its ability to improve skin elasticity and firmness can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
Shea butter contains compounds that support the skin's natural healing process and repair minor cuts, burns and insect bites.
Contains UV Protection
While not a substitute for sunscreen, shea butter contains a small amount of natural sun protection and can offer mild UV protection.
Protects against Environmental Damage
It strengthens skin's natural barrier to protect against environmental damage.
Reduces Stretch Marks
Some individuals use shea butter to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Shea butter is commonly used in lip balms and lip care products for its ability to hydrate and soften dry, chapped lips.