Shea butter has been a helpful ingredient in skincare products for years — this fat that has been extracted from shea tree nuts contains high amounts of fatty acids and vitamins.
Among other fats, shea butter contains oleic acid, a fat that is easily absorbed by our skin because it is highly compatible with the sebum that skin produces itself. It also contains stearic acid, plamitic acid and linoleic acid.
Use shea butter for…
• Helping redness and inflammation
• As an emollient to keep moisture in the skin
• To prevent fine lines by keeping skin moisturised
Where do I use shea butter in my skincare routine?
Shea butter is a gentle ingredient and is therefore very easy to introduce into your skincare routine. It is most commonly available in moisturisers and emollient creams, as it is a great way to help moisture stay in the skin.
It’s also a good addition to other products like lip balm and body butter, as well facial skincare. You can also buy it in gentle cleansing formulas, which can be soothing for sensitive skin types.
What to look for on product labels…
Shea butter is usually very easy to find on product labels, though some formulas might have isolated the fats from shea butter and instead list them as oleic, plamitic linoleic acid.
As with other ingredients like ceramides, its good to look for products that have shea butter high on the ingredients list, as this means they contain more of it. This way, you’ll make sure you get the full benefits of this natural moisturiser.
You also should not need to worry about introducing shea butter into your regimen gradually, as it is very gentle and soothing, so shouldn’t present any issues except to those who have allergies.