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Shea butter is a magnificent gift on the African continent to all lovers of health and beauty. Oily (but not heavy) oil penetrates the skin very quickly, delivering vitamins even in its deepest layers. It moisturizes, protects, nourishes and cares for skin and hair in many other ways.
Shea butter is derived from the nuts of shea fruit, widely distributed in Africa. With fruits are extracted from the core - nuts, from which several oils are obtained ways. Shea butter can be unrefined, bleached and refined.
Unrefined (crude) product may contain traces of nuts — small particles that need to be filtered before use in cosmetics products. Unrefined oil is a dense solid composition of saturated yellow colors that may have darker or lighter splashes. Uncleaning the oil has a pronounced soft nutty odor. It is believed to be unrefined the product retains more nutrients.
Bleached oil - unrefined. It preserves the heterogeneity of the structure and pronounced nutty aroma. Its main difference from ordinary crude oil - ivory color. White areas may have darker areas, expressed gray stripes.
Refined (purified) oil of a uniform whitish-yellow color. It does not splashes or particles, so extra cleaning before use never needed. The smell of the purified product (light nut) is weaker, but still palpable.
Shea tree oil has been used since ancient times as a cosmetic and medicinal preparation. It makes the skin younger and fresher, protects from the sun and wind. On on the African continent, it is used in food, mixed with palm oil.
The pronounced effects of shea butter are moisturizing and healing. In some degree it has antibacterial and antimicrobial action.
Shea butter is considered a superfood for the skin because of its high content of unsaturation fats, vitamins, essential fatty acids, phytosterols. The main acting oil components are vitamins A, E, F, D, TOP-5 fatty acids.
Vitamins support the health of the skin and protect it from ultraviolet radiation. Vitamin E is especially useful for dry skin - it enhances its elasticity and soothes irritation. It also helps to slow down the effect of aging.
Shea butter contains five major fatty acids, accounting for up to 95% of all fatty acids in the composition of the product:
These acids "set" the level of hardness and pliability of the oil. They help the oil faster to absorb and penetrate into the deepest layers of skin, bringing nutrients substances to the youngest cells.
Shea butter is used for:
It is used for cooking:
In what proportions is the product used in cosmetics (%):
Shea butter is long stored, easy to soften and blends well with other oils. It is convenient to use to create high quality fresh home cosmetics. For example, you can make a simple body lotion with a strong nutrient effect. This requires:
Pure shea butter obtained by cold pressing does not contain GMOs, pesticides and hexanes, safe for health (except dermatological cases) diseases and allergies to nuts).