Shea Butter Can Make Your Skin Younger and Seriously Glowing
Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Sravanthi P. & Sheetal R.
The nuts of the Karite tree produce a magical ingredient: Shea Butter.
Shea butter is an ivory colored fat-rich substance which looks like vanilla ice cream for a second! Besides being rich in skin-friendly vitamins such as vitamins A, E, and F, shea butter also provides protection from the sun.
Its sun protection properties have been recognized for a very long time, even though it is not formally studied to be called an SPF.
Shea butter is also known to help with skin repair and encourage collagen production; this property can definitely reverse signs of aging and prevent the rate at which your skin ages in general.
Since shea butter melts at our body temperature, it is very easy for our skin to absorb it quickly and see the benefits in a short amount of time. Shea butter has been used in Africa for many years and has remained a prominent ingredient for African women’s skin and hair. But ie recent times, the glory of shea butter has spread far and wide.
just because it is prominent on the label of a product does not mean it has been used in its purest form or that enough of it is used to do your skin any good at all. In addition, the big question is whether it is present alongside harsh chemicals in a product.
Harsh chemicals can cancel the great benefits of any ingredient and this fact should be considered very carefully. A very high-quality product should not have any questionable ingredients in it. If it has shea butter, it should be in combination with other awesome natural ingredients like turmeric to enhance the benefits of shea butter.
Shea butter has many benefits for your skin. Here are the top 5.
Natural Moisturizer and Nourishment Enhancer
Shea Butter is crammed with rich vitamins and fatty acids. The high concentration of these skin nourishing ingredients is going to provide the skin nourishment and smoothness without clogging up the pores. Shea butter's fatty acids such as oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic protect the skin from dryness and dullness. As skin cells are nourished their health improves and they are able to hold on to much more water. Therefore your skin looks hydrated and nourished at the same time. Hydrated skin does not age early and the present lines and wrinkles can look far less pronounced. It is also great in your lip balm for the very same reasons.
"My face has cleared up so much. I see very [fewer] breakouts. My skin, it looks more supple and it looks more healthy and I have only Apsara to thank! Thank you so much for making such a nice product.”
Shea Butter plays a huge role in strengthening the skin’s collagen protein which adds firmness to the skin. This means that lines and wrinkles can look far less apparent. Vitamin A and E in shea butter help maintain and restore skin’s elasticity.
Fades Stretch Marks and Dark Spots
proven that lupeol cinnamate is a key compound which contributes to reducing skin inflammation. Therefore shea butter can help heal many skin problems such as scars, frost bites, dark spots, stretch marks, excess tan, burns, and even insect bites. It has been proven that shea butter plays a key role in reducing stretch marks during pregnancy. This could be due to its pure Vitamin E content, which is a very effective antioxidant.
Natural Sun Protectant
Exposure to the sun without any protection is going to speed up the aging process. It also damages your skin and makes its appearance patchy and less than perfect. Sunspots, dark patches, and dullness are some of the top negative effects from being in direct sunlight for too long. The cinnamic acid in shea butter can help protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Shea butter could protect the skin due to its high antioxidant content, particularly in form of Vitamin E. Excess sun is known to increase the free radical damage to your skin and this is where a high potency antioxidant comes to the rescue. A high-quality product with shea butter in it should also contain other known natural sun protection ingredients. A very significant example is turmeric. Read this article for more information on antioxidants and how using them on our skin can leave it glowing and ageless.
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Revitalizes & Nourishes Dry Skin
This should come as no surprise. Dry skin or conditions like eczema leave your skin dull
and in need of both nourishment and hydration. If you have dry skin, chances are that your skin’s oil-producing glands are not producing enough sebum. This can lead to early aging of skin as well as a very lackluster appearance. Dry skin is also more prone to looking discolored. An ingredient like shea butter is simply miraculous to help nourish dry skin due to its very impressive fatty acid content. It can externally provide the nourishment that dry skin lacks. While doing this, it also helps skin cells to hold on to more water and this is of great value for dry skin, which tends to be dehydrated in general. Having a complete skin care routine made with high-quality natural ingredients is a very effective and reliable way to recover from dry skin and get it to normalcy and vitality.
Not all Shea Butter is Made the Same
For the best results, it is recommended to use a product with raw and grade A shea butter in it. The same principle is true if using shea butter alone as a single ingredient. The advantage of using it as part of a high-quality product is that its effects are enhanced due to the presence of other natural ingredients in the product.
Eg. in the case of ROOP Saffron Bright Skin Potion, shea butter’s anti-aging
properties are amplified by the presence of almond oil & date extract in this formula; its ability to fade dark marks and patches is amplified by the presence of saffron; its sun protection properties are made far more potent by the presence of turmeric in this premium Apsara product.
It is important to use pure shea butter because refining it will remove or dilute some of its key components.
Your skin will thank you once it begins to get its daily dose of shea butter. However, it is important to note that people with nut allergies should consult their doctor before using it.
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