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What is shea butter?
Shea butter is fat that’s extracted from the nuts of the shea tree mostly found in West Africa. It’s has an off-white or ivory color. It is widely used by the cosmetic industry and is often referred to as "the miracle cream". Its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids — combined with its easy-to-spread consistency — make it a great product for smoothing, soothing, and conditioning your skin.
Does shea butter have side effects?
Unrefined Shea butter itself has never been found to have any side effects.
Although it’s considered safe for every skin type, many products containing shea butter have other ingredients like essential oils mixed in.
If you experience any side effects that you suspect are connected to a shea butter product, discontinue use and see a doctor or other healthcare provider.
Where do all the benefits from shea butter come from?
The benefits of shea butter come from its chemical makeup. Shea butter contains:
linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and oleic fatty acids, ingredients that balance oils on your skin
vitamins A, E, and F, antioxidant vitamins that promote circulation and healthy skin cell growth
triglycerides, the fatty part of the shea nut that nourishes and conditions your skin
cetyl esters, the waxy part of the shea nut butter that conditions skin and locks in moisture
Does shea help soothe conditions like eczema and psoriasis?
Shea’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe skin and relieve itching. This may prove especially helpful for inflammatory skin conditions, such eczema and psoriasis.
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