Shea butter is a fat which has been extracted from shea tree nuts. It has an off-white or ivory-coloured look and its consistency is creamy. This texture means that it is easy to spread on your skin. Shea butter mostly comes from shea trees located in West Africa.
Due to its high concentration of fatty acids and vitamins, it is a well suited cosmetic ingredient for the softening of the skin. Further to this, it has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. If you were to use shea butter on your body, particularly the face, the results can be conditioned, toned and soothed skin.
The nature of the oils contained within shea butter means it can soak into your skin, which would create a smooth and soft barrier that seals in moisture, creating a moisturising effect that can last a few hours.
Another benefit, although this is not a guaranteed prospect, shea butter has been reported to have, is anti-ageing properties, and if it does prove to be the case it is believed the reasoning behind it is due to the promotion of collagen production or the decreasing of the collagen breakdown that is already present.
How to Use Shea Butter on the Face
Right, so you have heard about the benefits of using Shea butter on your face, but how do you use it in this way? Well, the simplest method is to purchase a good cream that includes shea butter as an ingredient. But you could also wear a facial mask that contains shea butter. This is something you could make using 1tbsp of raw honey, 3 to 4 drops of grapeseed oil and 1tbsp of pure shea butter. You need to mix this all together and spread over your face (after washing it first with a cream cleanser or warm water). Try leaving the mask on for 10 to 12 minutes before gently giving the face a cleanse with warm water and a soft washcloth.
Potential Side Effects
In general shea butter is a very low-risk ingredient, with allergic reactions being rare. However, some people will be allergic to it, so this is something to consider before progressing with using the ingredient as part of your skincare routine. It has been said and backed by The American Academy of Dermatology that shea butter can clog your pores and cause acne, especially likely if you have acne-prone skin.
Overall, there are some positive benefits to introducing Shea Butter into your skincare routine. Just be thoughtful of the unlikely, but still possible chances of side effects and do your best to make sure that whatever product you are purchasing is a well-made item! Shea Butter based products can vary in price but they do not need to cost a fortune. It is good to look out for natural products that are not loaded with harmful chemicals, of course.