Thursday, 13 October 2016 16:10

Shea Butter - The Ancient Beauty Secret

There are few ingredients as widely used and highly regarded in the beauty industry as shea butter.

First harnessed thousands of years ago, with accounts of its use dating back to Cleopatra’s Egypt, the incredible nourishing properties of shea butter have continued to make it a fixture in countless products on the market - but what exactly makes this ingredient so special and it’s prominence so enduring? Read on to find out more! 


It all starts with moisture.

Shea butter is sourced from the nut of the sacred African Shea-Karite tree, where it continues to be used to protect skin from drying out from the severe winds and pounding sun of the savannah.

Shea’s mixture of oleic and stearic acid is what makes it such an effective moisturiser, even in extreme conditions, as these components are similar to those found in animal fats and are therefore absorbed easily by the skin. Due to the vitamin A and vitamin E content in shea butter, it also makes for a fantastic ingredient to nourish and moisturise the lips!


As we age, our skin loses it’s elasticity and suppleness due a loss of structural collagen that binds the skin together. In turn, this leads to fine lines and wrinkles - particularly when combined with excessive sun exposure. The good news is that shea butter makes for a fantastic anti-ageing weapon!

Studies have show that shea butter boosts collagen production by seeping deep into layers of the skin and nourishing them intensely, making skin appear smoother and firmer. It’s also non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores and can be used regularly on the face. Hooray!


The fatty acids in shea butter aren’t just useful for moisturising and to stave off the signs of ageing, they also make it a wonderful natural healing ingredient. Given shea’s similarity in composition to animal fat, it’s ability to repair skin is remarkable. Used before, during and after bouts of stress on the skin, shea butter can help prevent signs of damage - making it a perfect remedy to stretch marks during pregnancy and growth spurts.


Also found in shea butter is cinnamic acid, which is hailed for its anti-inflammatory effects and therefore makes shea a wonderful remedy to inflammation.

As the shea reaches layers deep in the skin, it works rapidly to normalise the skin faster and reduce swelling. You can even apply shea-enriched moisturisers to joints and sore muscles after strenuous exercise to reduce soreness. Sounds better by the second, doesn’t it?!


The above uses and benefits of shea butter are just a few of many. That’s why we love to incorporate this incredible ingredient into many of our products here at Natralus.

You can benefit from the healing and nourishing properties of shea butter by incorporating it into your daily skincare routine. Our range of shea-enriched products include:

Natural Paw Paw OintmentNatural Paw Paw Lip ButtersPaw Paw 95% Pure MoisturiserNatural Paw Paw Baby Ointment


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