Shea Butter

Shea butter comes from the nuts of a wild tree in Central and West Africa known as the Mangifolia tree, or the karite tree known as the the tree of life. It is used in other cultures medicinally and as a source of nutrition because it contains healthy fatty acids. This feature of Shea Butter is what makes it so spectacular in soaps and topical creams to help moisturize the skin.

Levels of Vitamin A and E are very high in Shea Butter. Vitamin A can help to improve skin conditions such as wrinkles, dermatitis, and eczema. This is because the butter moisturizes the skin better than most other moisturizers as the sebaceous glands of the skin gives off the same type of moisturizers as Shea Butter provides. Shea butter can also help heal wounds faster and treat insect bites and sunburns.

Shea Butter can also neutralize free-radicals in the skin, which can help in avoiding the formation of cancerous cells. This is because of its high levels of Vitamin E. This vitamin is used as an anti-aging treatment and can improve the look and feel of skin with frequent, continuous use.

Shea Butter is best when fresh and that means it will contain higher levels of Cinnamic Acid. This decreases with the age of Shea Butter so only the highest qualities will have the highest amounts of this acid. If Shea Butter is fresh, it will contain more Vitamin A and E and therefore have more health benefits, but older Shea Butter is still an excellent moisturizer as that quality does not diminish with age.

Using as much of this oil as possible will help to bring out all the healing and anti-aging benefits of Shea Butter. Soaps with Shea Butter will leave the skin feeling fresh and soft, and will provide the best results if followed with a Shea Butter topical lotion.