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The Benefits Of Shea Butter

benefits of shea butter

Shea butter has been used in balms, foods, traditional medicines, and soaps in its native Africa since the 14th century and is now a core ingredient in many skin and hair care formulas. A true gift from the earth, the shea butter benefits for hair and skin are varied and plentiful. From how it’s made, to how to use shea butter for hair, here’s everything you need to know about one of our favourite nature-derived ingredients here at Andalou.

What is Shea Butter?

So, what is shea butter made from? A creamy, solidified oil that melts on contact with the skin, shea butter is derived from the nut of the magnifolia tree, grown in West Africa. These shea nuts are dried, ground and roasted until they form a viscous solution. When water is added to this solution, the oils separate and can be removed. This oil then solidifies to form the shea butter that we recognise from our hair and skin care products.

shea butter benefits for hair

Rich in ultra-hydrating linoleic and oleic fatty acids and vitamins A and E, shea butter for hair and skin melts at body temperature, making it a great moisturiser. While it can be used in its natural form, raw shea butter is commonly formulated into skincare and hair products to supercharge their hydrating and nourishing properties. The shea butter for skin and hair that we use at Andalou is organic and fair trade, so that you can feel good about looking good!

What is Shea Butter Good For?

Shea butter benefits for hair

  • Softening: Products like shea shampoos and conditioners leave hair feeling softer, particularly in those with curly locks.
  • Hydrating: Shea butter not only moisturises hair, but acts as a sealant to keep moisture locked in for longer. These hydrating properties also help to tame frizz and flyaways.
  • Reduces scalp irritation: Using shea butter for hair restores moisture to a dry or irritated scalp, helping to reduce dandruff.
  • Prevents hair breakage: The high fatty acid content in shea butter means that it’s able to easily penetrate each strand, strengthening hair to help protect against breakage.

shea butter for hair

Shea butter benefits for skin

  • Suitable for sensitive skin: Low in the proteins that trigger allergic reactions to nuts, low on the comedogenic scale, and free from skin-drying chemicals, most skin types will find that shea butter suits them well.
  • Moisturising: A rich blend of fatty acids makes shea butter a great hydrator for both skin and hair. The linoleic and oleic acids found in shea butter absorb quickly and balance each other out, leaving skin moisturised with no greasy residue.
  • Antioxidant properties: Shea butter is rich in vitamins A and E, which may help to promote antioxidant activity, protecting the skin from free radicals.
  • Soothing: Thanks to its gentle and hydrating formula, shea butter can help to soothe skin that’s prone to irritation.

shea butter for skin

Our Shea Butter Products

Shea butter for skin

While shea butter can be applied to skin in its raw form, the easiest way to add it to your regimen is to find a cream with added shea butter benefits. At Andalou, we have two nourishing shea butter moisturisers to choose from.

Anti-ageing shea butter moisturiser

Boasting a blend of resveratrol CoQ10, fruit stem cells and hyaluronic acid to help support collagen production in mature skin, our Age Defying Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream is enriched with shea butter for a truly decadent moisturising experience.

Night cream with added shea butter benefits for skin

Our velvety Sensitive 1000 Roses Heavenly Night Cream makes use of the hydrating and soothing shea butter benefits for skin. Enriched with alpine rose stem cells, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, skin is left  feeling calmed, nourished and with a restored hydro lipid barrier.

Shea Butter for Hair

When it comes to how to use shea butter for hair, the easiest way is to find a shampoo or conditioner that counts this super-hydrator among its ingredients.

Argan oil and shea moisture shampoo

An excellent option for curly hair, our Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Shampoo leaves hair feeling noticeably softer, smoother and with a healthy shine. This shea shampoo is enriched with argan oil and fruit stem cells to support elasticity and strength while minimising the appearance of split ends and frizz.

Shea butter conditioner

We’ve taken care to formulate shea butter into all of our nourishing conditioners. Whether you’re looking for a conditioner to promote shine, volume, growth, or deep hydration, shea will leave your locks looking stronger, nourished and noticeably healthier.

If you’re looking to combat dry skin or dull and dehydrated tresses, introducing shea butter to your routine will bring with it a host of nourishing benefits. Our collection boasts a variety of products enriched with shea butter for hair and skin, making it easy to find the perfect product for you.

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first.

 

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