Shea Butter

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Scientific Name: {Butyrospermum parkii}
Common Name: {Shea butter, karite butter} organic fairtrade shea butter

Shea nut butter or shea butter has been used for centuries to improve the skin's softness and resiliency. There are records as far back as the Egyptians of individuals using shea butter to soften and improve skin color. Some writings suggest that Queen Nefertiti herself used shea butter to keep her skin looking young and beautiful.

Today, it is still used for the same purposes. Shea nut butter comes from the shea tree, which is most common in Africa. This tree is regarded as sacred by the people who cultivate them, as they are highly prized for their nuts and the restorative power of those nuts. These giant trees live for hundreds of years, producing a crop of nuts every year, mainly harvested by the women of the families that grow these trees. In Africa, shea butter is used both as a moisturizer and as a sunblock, protecting skin from the extreme heat of the desert and the wind's harsh effects. It is also used in medicine to help cuts, soothe burns, and ease bites and stings' pain.

Shea butter has long been used around the world for these same reasons. As an ingredient in one of our skincare products, shea butter plays some roles. Not only does it moisturize skin, but it also helps to improve the overall look and health of the skin. It contains some vital vitamins—including Vitamin E and A, which work as antioxidants to protect skin from sun damage. Not only this, it can heal the appearance of fine lines and scars, soften and plump the skin in these areas while delivering nutrients to allow the skin to rebuild itself.

Because shea butter is so skin-friendly, it penetrates deep into the skin layers, carrying moisture to the lowest layer, where it is often desperately needed. This is also the layer of skin that is most affected by harmful UV rays. By nourishing your complexion with antioxidants and vitamins, it helps to improve brightness and overall appearance.

Shea butter can also stimulate collagen production, which means that using it on wrinkled, thin skin will result in more resilient, younger-looking skin. It works in your cells to encourage collagen production, making and keeping skin looking young and fresh.

When buying a product with shea, look for "fair-trade" on the label. Fairtrade means that the community that produces the product will receive a "fair" wage to live.
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