Have you ever heard Shea Butter? Do you have any idea what it is and why you would want to find it in your skin care products?

Shea Butter is the fat from the seeds of the fruits of the Shea tree (which is found in Africa). It is extracted from the tree by the local population by a process of boiling and crushing.

Shea Butter is in fact quite edible, and is a yellowish looking fat which is used in cooking by many Africans as a cooking oil and is even used in chocolate in some cases as a substitute for cocoa.

However it has also been found that Shea Butter has some properties that make it ideal for skin care and anti-aging products, and it is used extensively in the Xtend Life range of skin care products.

Shea Butter is used as a moisturizer. It is in fact an extremely effective moisturizer, and is found in the best products for skin care and moisturizing in general.

For this reason it can be used for treating a variety of general skin conditions including dry skin, scars, acne, skin blemishes, chapped lips, wrinkles, itching, insect bites, eczema and, believe it or not, frostbite.

Shea Butter is rich in various vitamins, particularly vitamins A and E, and also has many essential acids which are beneficial to the skin. These are all part of the reason why Shea Butter is such a good moisturizer and it is, in fact, virtually identical to the moisturizers produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin.

It also has anti inflammatory properties beneficial to the skin, and even has a small benefit as a natural sunscreen.

Clinical studies have proven the efficacy of Shea Butter, showing that it can produce visible effects in the skin in as little as 4 to 6 weeks. Skin benefits include making the skin softer and smoother and more youthful looking.

For all these reasons Shea Butter is a product that should be in your skin care products. However, as with olive oil, you should only use Shea Butter that has been extracted by cold pressing rather than heating or chemical methods, as this is the method that best preserves the natural qualities of Shea Butter. Read the rest of this entry

Written by - Natural Skin Health