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Body Butter from African Shea Butter

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Body Butter - African Shea Butter
Body Butter - African Shea Butter

Body Butter

Body butters are often used to reduce stretch marks and scars. The components of a natural body butter are all high in nutritious vitamins and fatty acids, which help to nourish and revitalize your skin and improve healthy skin complexion

Benefits of Body butters include:

  • Moisturizes skin  
  • Forms a protective layer around the skin
  • Reduces Wrinkles
  • Helps soothe skin rashes, sunburn and eczema
  • Contains beneficial antioxidants like vitamin C, E & A
  • Moisture eliminates any sign of dry, chapped skin and leaves skin feeling smooth and renewed.
  • Spend less and get high quality moisturizer

Some of the best body butters for the skin are shea butter that comes from the African shea nut tree. Shea butter has a high melting point which is about skin temperature and means it absorbs almost immediately on contact with the skin. Cocoa Butter comes directly from cocoa seed and has a nice chocolaty scent to it and a luxurious texture. Mango butter comes from mango seeds and is loaded with extra vitamin C and has a little more of an oily texture. It gives a nice glow to the skin and is not as heavy as the other two butters if you need something lightweight. Body butters are used to hydrate the skin, and the best time to apply body butter is actually directly out of the shower while your skin is still somewhat moist. Body butters help seal in moisture that is already in your skin. If you apply the butters directly to dry skin they may not absorb well, and may sit on top of the skin.

African Shea Butter

Extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) that is native to Africa, shea butter is a fatty oil that exists as a solid at room temperature.

High concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.

An oil rich in fats that is derived from the karite tree (also known as the shea tree) is your solution for many skin, health, and hair health issues. Fairly recently, this butter has gained huge popularity in the western world due to its widespread use in several beauty products, such as lotions, cosmetics, shampoos, and conditioners.

Shea butter is often used in moisturizers, creams, lotions, and other emulsions for the skin and hair. It is rich in fats that make it an excellent emollient and skin moisturizing agent. Experiments also showed it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These can help reduce inflammatory skin diseases and the damage the skin and hair have undergone due to free radicals.

It also contains vitamins A and E, which not only keep the skin in optimal health but also protect it from being damaged by the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. These components give shea butter a mild sun protection factor (SPF). Vitamin E also soothes dry skin and improves the skin’s elasticity, making this butter a good anti-aging agent.

Refined Vs Unrefined Shea Butter

Shea butter may be refined or unrefined. Unrefined shea butter is the purest form of shea butter, which is the most natural and the least processed. Since it is extracted manually, it is able to retain its vitamins, minerals, and other natural properties. It is subjected to a basic filtration process using clays, cheesecloth, or other methods. These can slightly alter the butter’s color, scent, and texture. It is melted, set into molds, and sold in the form of bars or sticks.

Unrefined shea butter is further categorized into grades ranging from A to F, with grade A being the best quality.

Refined shea butter, on the other hand, is the processed form. Apart from the filtration process, it also undergoes a deodorizing process by airing or usage of chemicals. It is also bleached to make the butter whiter. Addition of additives is common to add a suitable scent and increase the shelf life (preservatives) of the butter. All of these processes make the butter white and very smooth. A major disadvantage of using the refined version of shea butter is that all the processing it goes through reduces its nutritional value.

This refined version can be refined even further, which implies the involvement of more processes to make it even more smooth and white. This is often done when shea butter needs to incorporated into cosmetics or skin care products. Quite a few of the nutritional benefits get destroyed after so many refining processes. This type of shea butter is often referred to as ultra-refined or highly refined shea butter.

Moisture
What we rub or slather on our skin can be either beneficial or harmful. So, it’s good to know what is in the products we are using. A lot of traditional lotions or creams contain parabens which have been linked to certain female cancers such as breast and ovarian. What are parabens? Parabens are used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. Natural body butters only contain natural ingredients. Body butters are good for the skin because they contain emollients from the nut oils inside the seeds. Once applied to the skin, this makes it possible for the body butter to last longer than any lotion, and because most lotions contain water…body butters only contain the butter(s) used and carriers oils used.

Protection
Body butters also form a protective barrier over the skin to lock in moisture. Our skin already has a natural barrier to help protect us from the elements, but free radicals in the dry air, hot sun and cold winter weather can all have damaging effects on our skin. Again, body butters form an additional protective layer for our skin from those elements.

Skin Nourishing Vitamins
All body butters have essential omega 3 fats that benefit the body. Omega 3 fats are very moisturizing and help calm inflammation. Shea is one of the more common body butters and contain vitamins A, E, and F. Shea butter has been used for years to improve hair and skin. The natural vitamins and fatty acids found in shea butter, is what makes this butter so incredibly nourishing and hydrating for the skin. Shea butter has also been known for reducing inflammation as well. Shea butter helps aid in the skin’s natural collagen production because of the because of the different acids (Oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic) that protect and nourish the skin to prevent from drying.

Softer Skin
After using body butters, many people notice how soft and supple their skin is. The cream relieves dry, cracked skin and promotes healthier skin to be beneficial for people with problematic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. People who suffer from eczema or psoriasis do not have the proper PH balance of moisture in their skin.

Affordability
Not only is body butter good for your skin but also easy on your wallets. Natural body butters are far less expensive that name brand companies. You can almost always go down to your local drug store or even Wal-Mart and purchase cocoa butter for $10 or less. You are able to find all sorts of body butters in stores and online. Shea butter tends to be the most expensive because it comes from Africa. However, it can still be found at affordable prices.