Shea butter is a fatty oil. At first glance, that might seem like the last thing you want near your skin. But shea butter, which is extracted from shea tree nuts, includes a lot of healthy acids and vitamins that your skin craves. Its linoleic acid, oleic acid, and stearic acid can moisturize your skin, reduce inflammation, and help clear bacteria from your skin's surface. Shea butter has been used for skin care and hair care for thousands of years because of its nutrients, luxurious, creamy feel, and its hydrating properties. Some of the benefits of using shea butter on your skin include:
Stopping damage from free radicals
Free radicals are dangerous and uncharged molecules that can destabilize the makeup of surrounding molecules. But antioxidants are well-balanced molecules that can have electrons taken from them without becoming unbalanced. That's why replenishing your body with antioxidants through a healthy diet and skin care products is so important. Shea butter is a great source of antioxidants, such as phenolics, catechins, and vitamins A and E. Antioxidants applied to your skin can help prevent sun and environmental damage, which often appears in the skin as wrinkles and premature aging.
Relieving itching, peeling, or irritated skin
No matter how vigilant your skin care routine is, you might find yourself with peeling, irritated, or rough skin. That's where shea butter comes in. It’s rich, buttery formula can rehydrate your skin to create a smoother feel within seconds because of the fatty acids in the material. Its antimicrobial properties can also relieve itchy skin that's caused by dryness, scratching, and abrasion. Shea butter is also a popular ingredient for topical psoriasis treatments.
Smoothing chapped lips
Lips are particularly vulnerable skin. They can be easily damaged by the sun, cold winds, and dehydration. Shea butter's fatty acids and moisture-rich formula can rehydrate already chapped or cracking lips. The thick material can also provide a protective barrier to keep future damage at bay. Not only does it keep environmental hazards away from the skin, but it also locks in moisture. Even better, it protects the lips from sunlight and UV radiation damage.
Boosting collagen production
Collagen creation is an important part of building healthy skin and tissue. It's the scaffolding or structural tissue that keeps you looking young. While your body should naturally produce collagen to keep the skin full and more resistant to damage, several things can interrupt the production of collagen. This can include poor sleep and exposure to UV radiation. Shea butter can help promote the formulation of collagen so your skin stays supple and free of wrinkles.
Try Out Shea Butter's Skin Benefits with Our Natural Skin Care Products
Finding skin care products with shea butter isn't always easy. That's why we've put together a list of our favorite California Pure Naturals products with shea butter for facial benefits and great skin:
Our nourishing cream is filled with natural ingredients designed to promote nourished, hydrated skin. It's a daily, lightweight cream that you can apply to enrich your skin and even its tone and texture. Along with shea butter, this lotion has argan oil and cranberry seed oil.
Gentle Cleansing Lotion
We love products that can do two jobs at once. This lotion can gently remove makeup at the end of the day. At the same time, it will rehydrate your skin so it doesn't feel dry or oily. This lotion is specially formulated for all skin types, including for people with dry and sensitive skin.
Renewal Facial Serum
Our facial serum is perfect between toners and moisturizers when you're layering skin care treatments. The formula is packed with rich fatty acids from shea butter. It includes hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, and deep hydration from blackberries.
If you want to make sure all of your skin care products have ingredients you love, check out more information about how we carefully select our products. We look for vegan, organic, and cruelty-free ingredients, and we never use phthalates, parabens, silicons, or sulfates.