The shea butter is obtained by extracting the nuts of the karite tree also known as the shea tree. The major production of raw shea butter is done in West Africa by groups of women in villages.
The nuts are boiled in large pots so that they become easier to break. After they are cooled, they are extracted from their shells, this extraction process is usually done manually as a social activity.
Then the extracted seeds are cracked, roasted and beaten with water to release the rich fats.
Finally, to obtain the shea butter the extracts are boiled, skimmed and cooled. The shea butter is known to have many benefits for skin and hair and is used in many beauty care products as cosmetics, lotions shampoos and conditioners
5 BENEFITS OF RAW UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER
1. Shea butter is a great food for all skin types
The shea butter is appropriate for almost any type of skin, as it does not contain any chemicals which can dry out the skin or clog the pores.It is a skin food that prevents skin conditions like blemishes, dark spots, stretch marks, wrinkles and dryness.
2. Rich in vitamin A,E and has anti-inflammatory properties
The shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E which stimulates antioxidant activity and these oxidants are crucial anti-aging agents They help to protect the skin cells from free radicals that cause premature aging and lack of skin radiance.. Vitamin A helps to treat skin flaws like acne, wrinkles and it also contributes to cell growth. As for vitamin E it is a natural skin protector and helps to fight the aging process. Moreover as vitamin E has anti inflammatory benefits, this helps to soothe problems like skin burns.
3. Promote skin elasticity and suppleness.
When used in massages the shea butter helps to improve elasticity of skin and it also boosts the production of collagen. This contributes in reducing stretch marks.
4. It is one of the best natural products for your hair!
The shea butter is a good moisturizer for the hair, it nourishes it from the root to the tip. Furthermore it helps repair hair damage and protect them against dryness. All this without leaving a sticky residue.
5. Sooth skin with conditions like Eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis
Researches have proven that shea butter is effective against skin problems like eczema. It also helps to soothe problems like dermatitis and psoriasis; thanks to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory capabilities. Hence it helps to relieve red, flaky and irritated skin.
Want to find unrefined raw shea butter in Mauritius? Here at Owl Beauty we offer shea butter in its purest form, brought directly from villages in West Africa!