Ingredient Spotlight is our blog series where we'll go into a bit more depth about each ingredient and their potential benefits for your skin. The first ingredient features in both the Clay Butter Cleanser and Shea Face Balm, so you know it's got to be pretty special. Introducing SHEA BUTTER!
The first benefit which may come to mind is how moisturising and nourishing it is. Shea Butter contains oleic, stearic, palmitic, and linolenic acids - all of which are super nourishing for the skin. Shea Butter helps your skin retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the surface to reduce water loss and keep your skin hydrated.
There isn't a whole lot of research about the mechanisms of how Shea Butter and your skin's collagen production work together. However, it is thought that Shea Butter may either boost collagen production or reduce the breakdown of collagen that already exists. A positive no matter which one it may be!
You might think something as moisturising as Shea Butter could clog your pores but it doesn't. The fatty acids it contains actually mimic the oil (sebum) we already produce - meaning our skin will reduce the amount of sebum it produces as a result.
Shea Butter also works as an anti-inflammatory. It's packed with antioxidants like Vitamin A and E, also cinnamic acid, polyphenols and phytonutrients. It hinders inflammatory cell production which contributes to a range of irritation and skin conditions - think eczema, rosacea, acne or psoiasis.
As you can guess, we think Shea Butter is pretty amazing! Are there any other benefits that you know of? How have you used Shea Butter before?