Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of Shea tree and is widely used to improve the skin and hair. It has several benefits as it is rich in vitamins, fatty acids and nutrients. The natural vitamins and fatty acids help in nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Cinnamic acids aid in the reduction of skin inflammation and mutations. This makes it ideal for people with acne. Shea has an anti-ageing benefit as it strengthens the skin and increases microcirculation thus reduces wrinkles.
The natural production of collagen and the presence of stearic, oleic, palmitic and linolenic acids protect and prevent the skin from drying and hence smoothens it. Shea butter has a healing agent as it heals skin disorders such as eczema, insect bites and psoriasis and accelerates wound healing. The healing property helps in treating skin allergies, scars and blemishes. It also helps in warding off stretch marks and offers UV protection. The Vitamins A, E and F allow it to have antioxidant qualities. Shea also soothes dry and irritated scalp and protects, revitalize and softens the hair.
Many cosmetics company uses Shea butter as an ingredient in their products, and one such company is Eugenia Shea. The company is a family run business that empowers women in the areas it operates in. Eugenia Aukwete is a Ghanaian, who grew up using Shea butter as is the tradition in the country. The company whose name means origin of greatness has three main products. All the products undergo quality testing to ensure they keep up with global standards. The Shea butter used in the products is 100% pure and does not contain additives or chemicals.
The Everyday Shea Butter is a product that combines qualities of raw Shea and the use of traditional creams. The ingredients used are 82.5% Shea butter, Shea oils, baobab oils, moringa oils and lavender/ grapefruit essential oils. Pregnancy Strength Shea Butter is a product that has the above ingredients with a higher percentage of the Shea butter. The formula used helps in fighting stretch marks associated with a growing baby bump. The Dermatological Strength Shea Butter is suitable for people who have scars or have undergone surgery. It also helps soften rough heels and dry hands. The third product contains 100% Shea butter.