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As a longtime popular ingredient in hair and skin care products, shea oil and butter are well known in the beauty and wellness industries. It’s commonly seen in the ingredients of lotions and is widely known to be effective at moisturizing dry skin.
You’ve likely heard of shea, but what is it really? Shea oil and shea butter come from the shea nut, which is native to Africa. They’ve been harvested for thousands of years for use on hair and skin. Nutrients from the shea nut can be extracted into a couple of different popular products that can be used in beauty products.
Both shea oil and shea butter have the same benefits but may be suited for different situations. In the process of expelling shea butter, some liquid oil is also extracted from the shea nut. This oil can be used in a variety of products, from soap to creams or lotions. It adds both a nutty aroma and beneficial nutrients to beauty and wellness products. When applied topically as an oil, it is quickly absorbed into the skin. Likewise, shea butter is the fat extracted from shea nuts and has similar benefits thanks to a variety of nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids found in the nut.
Skin care benefits such as moisturizing and anti-aging tend to go hand in hand. Healthy skin looks and feels softer and smoother, which helps delay signs of aging like wrinkles. That means that quality natural ingredients like shea oil can help with both. Even within shea’s anti-aging properties, there are numerous benefits that all contribute to firm, healthy skin when used regularly.
The fatty acids in shea oil are what give it such effective moisturizing properties. They are both quickly absorbed into the skin and also work to restore your skin’s barrier. Having a stronger barrier between your skin and the outside environment helps protect skin cells and retain necessary moisture, meaning you have less trouble with dry skin. You’ll find lotions are less necessary to keep smooth, healthy-looking skin, even during drier months of the year.
While you may want to prevent irritated skin to get rid of itchiness or redness, that irritation may also be causing damage to your skin cells. Protecting your skin from environmental factors that cause excessive itching and redness can also help prevent premature aging due to over-exposure to the sun and pollutants from the environment.
Shea butter and shea oil are rich in antioxidants, including vitamins A and E. Antioxidants are powerful at fighting premature aging by preventing damage from the environment, which is key to keeping skin healthy as you age. These same vitamins help prevent dull-looking skin. Both of these work hand in hand to encourage younger and healthier-looking skin that feels smooth.
Another nutrient in shea oil has significant anti-aging benefits: triterpenes. It’s thought that they prevent the destruction of collagen fiber, which can minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is key to keeping youthful skin that stays plumper and smoother. Higher levels of collagen are shown to help keep people looking younger longer – starting with healthy, radiant skin.
Both the moisturizing and antioxidant properties of shea oil can help encourage the generation of new skin cells. While you’re always getting rid of dead skin cells, keeping skin moisturized and healthy will mean fewer dead skin cells sitting on the surface. Proper cell generation can also help prevent premature aging by keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.
At KULCBD, we use a unique blend of natural ingredients in our anti-aging moisturizer to help encourage healthy, glowing skin. Our lightweight formula uses natural ingredients with a blend of beneficial nutrients and vitamins that help moisturize skin while preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Experience younger, smoother skin that stays resilient against environmental damage when you add our anti-aging moisturizer to your regular skin care routine.