3 Main Benefits of using unrefined shea butter
1. Moisturizing and Conditioning
Unrefined shea butter is one of nature's best moisturizers. It has the ability to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. This prevents moisture loss and helps promote the delivery of other active antioxidants. Unrefined shea butter is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not clog the outer layer of the skin. Shea won't leave your skin greasy or clog your pores. It really is great for all skin types.
As a conditioning agent, shea contains allantoin, a natural skin softener responsible for soothing the outer layers of your skin. This acts as a lubricant and slows the loss of water from the skin by providing a protective barrier.
The moisturizing and conditioning properties of shea butter means it feels good on your skin and keeps it from drying out. Over time the skin will then soften, lubricate and protects itself naturally from external forces. The wind and cold wind temps will not make your skin feel as dry, cracked and irritated.
2. Anti-aging and Antioxidant Rich
There are two causes of aging. Intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic we can't change because it is genetic. But, extrinsic factors we can control. This is to say, things like our environment, the amount of sun, the foods we eat, how much sleep we get, how much stress we have and pollution are all factors that contribute to extrinsic aging. Vitamin A can also help to reduce wrinkles and boost collagen production. Phytosterols act as a UV protectors and help to ward off damage from sun exposure.
3. Anti-inflammatory and Anti-bacterial
So, when you hear reports that shea butter can heal wounds and treat acne, these claims are because of the anti-inflammatory benefits. Phytosterols and cinnamic acid present contribute to this by reducing redness, irritation and help skin recover from wounds faster. Therefore, as a result, It can be used to naturally soothe insect bites, rashes and sun burns and has been historically used to soothe eczema.
Because Unrefined Shea also has catechins, which is a polyphenol that is also found in green tea which naturally shea butter contains some anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which may help prevent blemishes. So she should be used as a part of a healthy skin care routine.