Review by Sandy Maine
Shea Butter, with its sizable quantity of unsaponifiable fats, has moisturizing and soothing effects. In addition, it contains a high concentration of vitamins and other active elements, thus adding other more precise activities to these general properties. With a high content of cinnamic acid, shea butter also has the added benefit of protecting the skin against UV rays and with natural latex; it may also prevent certain sun allergies.
Shea Butter also promotes capillary circulation and cell regeneration and thus favors the healing of small wounds, skin cracks, skin crevices and skin ulcers. It also has antielastase characteristics, lending to the belief it may be used as an active ingredient to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. In the cosmetic field, these properties are an asset against skin aging. It has restructuring effects on the epidermis, also on dry and fragile hair. Dry skin, dermatitis, dermatoses eczema, burns and sunburn all benefit from the use of natural shea butter.
Rheumatism and muscle aches are also thought to benefit from shea butter. It is also believed to ease colds because it decongests nasal mucous tissues. Shea Butter is well tolerated by the skin and does not normally trigger allergic reactions and can even be sued on very sensitive skin areas such as mucous tissues and around the eyes.
Shea Butter is, therefore, and outstanding ingredient for cosmetic and pharmaceutical purposes, even incorporated in high proportions. It is easy to work into all kinds of emulsions and makes a very good excipient (carrier) as it prevents allergenic reactions without altering the active principles.
Sandy Maine is the owner of SunFeather Natural Soap Company