Shea Butter is fat that’s been extracted from shea tree nuts. Shea butter from West Africa has an off-white or ivory-colored and a creamy consistency.
Used topically, Shea Butter protects skin from the harsh, drying, irritating effects of wind, salt, water, heat, and sun exposure. Shea Butter is good for dry skin, blemishes, dark spots, discolorations, stretch marks, it soothes inflammation, irritation and redness. Shea butter is slippery and can keep makeup from adhering to your face, so you may prefer to apply it at night before bed. Shea butter has a comedogenic score of 2 so it has a moderate effect on clogging the pores and therefore can cause acne.
Shea butter will rapidly absorb into your skin and therefore supplies the deep layers of skin with essential fats and nutrients. This will accelerate the repair and regeneration of cells. It will increase circulation and therefore will boosts skin’s collagen production. Shea Butter’s anti-aging will slow the signs of aging, wrinkles and cellulite by supporting skin elasticity and suppleness.
Its moisturizing effect will soothe, and hydrates chapped skin, providing a soft smooth radiant glow. The Cinnamic acid ester are known to have SPF properties, natural sunscreen and makes an ideal post-sun ointment for skin damaged by UV radiation.
The typical shelf life of shea butter is about 2 years. As long as you are keeping the air out and storing it in a glass container and away from direct heat. Do not leave it on a table by a sunny window, close to a stove or heating element. When the temperature reaches 75F, shea butter will start to soften up and melt. If you live in a zone where your home temperature is higher than 75F, place the shea butter in the fridge to avoid continuous melting and solidifying as that will lead to grainy shea butter. If the body butter melts place in a freezer so that it can solidify at the same temperature.