Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree, which grows in the Savannah belt of West Africa. Shea butter has been used for hundreds of years in Africa to rejuvenate and protect the skin. It is also edible and is used in food preparation and cooking in some parts of Africa. Shea butter has also been used medicinally to heal a variety of skin conditions from rashes to acne. It contains cinnamic acid, which is a unique anti oxidant and anti inflammatory agent that helps to protect and calm the skin.
This rich and opulent butter contains Vitamins A and E: both play an important role in skin health and anti aging. Shea butter is rich in oleic, stearic, palmitic and linoleic fatty acids which help strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier and protect the skin from environmental damage. Shea butter is unique in that although it is rich in fatty acids and minerals, it absorbs readily and penetrates deeply into the skin. It also hydrates the deep layers of the skin, making it the ideal butter for skin care. Shea butter has a natural UV protection of approximately SPF 6, which also adds to it’s unique shea butter skin care benefits. Shea butter face cream, shea butter face moisturizer, or shea moisture eye cream are example skin care products made from shea butter.
Because of its rich emollient nature and protection from the elements, Shea butter is perfect for the delicate skin around the eyes as a shea butter eye cream. It is also wonderful to use as a shea butter face moisturizer before and after sun exposure, and perfect for dry climates. Shea butter eye cream is also an excellent way to restore dry and tired skin around the eyes when traveling. Shea butter face cream products can be applied on the entire face.
Shea eye butter leaves the skin feeling soft and well- moisturized yet not greasy. Shea butter skin care benefits also include the stimulation of collagen production to increase skin firmness, and improve the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes. Even better, it helps reduce inflammation to combat puffiness. Shea moisture eye cream products are wonderful for the skin for this reason.
Our support of African Shea producers increases the value of the living Shea tree, engendering conservation of indigenous African woodland for future generations.