Shea butter is one of my favourite ingredients. It's super kind to skin and I often use it on hands, legs and arms, feet, lips, just about anywhere, as it's so great at giving you healthy looking skin and healing any dry patches. It also is great to smooth on dry ends of your hair.
Here are some other facts about shea;
- It grows wild & is produced from the nut of the karite or mangifolia tree in savannah regions of West and Central Africa
- Loaded with vitamins A & E & lots of other antioxidants as well as omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which help with collagen production
- Used medicinally as an ointment for burns, rashes, scars, wounds, eczema, & dermatitis
- Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study* found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. One compound in particular, 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.
- Contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin
Shea butter is featured in Sugar Hill soaps at 15%, a lot higher than most soaps (typically up to 5%) because I wanted to make the most moisturising soaps I could, with the most skin benefits. Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturiser because it contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity.
This is why our soaps, when used regularly, can heal dry hands and leave your skin feeling perfectly hydrated and soothed.
*Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832 Anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects of triterpene cinnamates and acetates from shea fat.