Shea Butter: Benefits and Uses

If you suffer from dry, parched skin and you are already using shea butter — get ready to solve all of your problems. This luxurious butter is thick and solid at room temperature but has a rich consistency that is ideal for body care products. Keep reading to learn more! 

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is derived from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea tree. It is considered to be a skin superfood and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and nutrients that promote collagen production. Additionally, it is believed to deliver key anti-inflammatory and anti-aging fatty acids right into the skin — can you say, “hello, plump and hydrated skin!”

In addition to being loved for skin and hair benefits, Shea butter has a long history of medicinal use and is praised for it’s wound-healing abilities. It is rich in Vitamin E, A, and F as well as oleic, stearic, linoleic, and palmitic acids, which all play a role in its moisturizing and skin balancing benefits. 

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The Benefits

As we mentioned before, Shea butter has been used for thousands of years and provides a myriad of therapeutic benefits for your skin. The benefits include:

  • It’s packed with antioxidants. You can thank tocopherol and catechins for that!
  • It’s anti-aging for the skin. Lupeol inhibits the enzymes that degrade skin proteins and elasticity. Shea butter helps to replenish the needed vitamins and collagen to turn back the clock on your skin.
  • It is anti-inflammatory. Triterpene alcohol provides anti-inflammatory properties to Shea butter. Shea butter has been proven to help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. 
  • It contains antimicrobial properties. Originating in West Africa, Shea butter has been used for centuries in wound care and to treat other skin ailments. 
  • It contains SPF. Unrefined shea butter has the equivalent of 3 or 4 SPF thanks to the cinnamic acid esters that are in Shea butter. 
  • It’s extremely hydrating. Shea butter is most popularly known and loved for its moisturizing properties that replenish skin without leaving you greasy. 
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Shea Butter Uses

Shea butter is a versatile, natural ingredient that can be used multiple times daily. It can be used for numerous conditions, from skin and hair replenishment to relieving symptoms of dry skin, eczema, and much more.

You can use shea butter:

  1. As an everyday hand and/or body moisturizer
  2. To relieve dry, itchy skin
  3. To reduce the appearance of scars and/or scars on the skin 
  4. As a moisturizer in lip balm
  5. To alleviate skin concerns such as rashes, burns, and insect bites
  6. To reduce skin swelling and inflammation
  7. To soothe irritated skin 
  8. To replenish skin after exposure to the sun
  9. As a moisturizing hair mask 

And more! Shea butter’s uses are endless. Consider implementing wellness and self-care products that feature Shea butter and reap the benefits. Reach for products like A88CBD™'s Hydrating Body Lotion, Hydrating Hand + Foot Cream, and Muscle Salve



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