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Ingredient of the Month: Shea Butter

With its somewhat smoky aroma and silky feel on the skin, shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the Paradoxa tree, native to West Africa. For the people of this region, its cosmetic, nutritional and medicinal purposes have been used for thousands of years. In fact, the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, said she owed her legendary beauty to the use of shea butter. Today, it has become one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients on the market. From everything such as lotions and body butters to lip balm and healing teas, shea butter is an ingredient we are proud to use in our Lend A Hand Cream Smoother. If you would like to make shea butter a part of your daily beauty routine, here are some of the benefits if can have on your body.



Protects the Skin:

Due to the concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids, shea butter is incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. Therefore, it is often used as a remedy for dry skin to protect the skin’s natural oils. Applying shea butter all over your body after a bath or long shower will help keep your skin soft and hydrated. For an added bonus, try complementing a tablespoon of shea butter into your bathwater before the final rinse. It is water soluble and will quickly melt down, covering your body with a thin, protective layer of oil.


Reduce Inflammation:

Shea butter contains several anti-inflammatory agents such as cinnamic acid, helping it penetrate deep into the skin’s layers. A 2010 dermatological study found that due to it’s cinnamic acid content, shea butter can even help avoid potential skin mutations, making it a smart choice for those who suffer from acne.


Skin Smoothener:

The great thing about shea butter is that is contains a higher stearic acid content than any other vegetable oil, making it much closer to animal fat than an oil. There are two parts to shea butter that make it so great for the skin. The fatty acid content of the butter allows it to be absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, nourishing them and supporting the production of collagen. The humectant properties of the butter help restore hydration to the skin layers, making them tougher and visibly smoother. Try rubbing some shea butter on your skin each morning for a perfect non-toxic way to protect your skin from the regular sun exposure of day to day life.


Hair Softener:

The ability for shea butter to soften frizzy hair has been long exploited by the people of its native land. It can be used as a top coat for the strands or it can be massaged into the scalp. The benefit of adding shea butter to your hair is that it prevents the hair from drying out and becoming very brittle. This is a common problem in hot windy locations like Florida. If you wish to apply shea butter to your hair, take a small teaspoon and rub it between your palms. Once the butter melts, spread it over a small portion of the hair using both hands and then run a brush through to ensure that every section of hair is covered.


Rich in vitamins E and A, along with its other unique properties, shea butter has become one of the most popular and versatile natural remedies out there. If you are looking for an all-natural and organic way to heal your skin, be sure to test out our Lend A Hand Cream Smoother or try incorporating shea butter into your daily beauty regime.