Natural Skin Benefits of Organic Shea Butter

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Organic Shea Butter is an excellent natural ingredient that has many benefits to the skin. It’s no wonder we use it in so many of our products. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly makes this butter so amazing. Shea Butter has been nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Conditioner” due to its exceptional properties. The skin is our largest organ and a protective barrier against toxins and pollutants that we encounter every day. It is essential to take good care of your skin. Shea butter is composed of the following chemical compounds: Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Allantoin, and Polyphenols (Tocopherol/Vitamin E); all of which lend beneficial properties to the health of your skin. 

Essential Fatty Acids in Shea Butter and their Benefits to the Skin

Oleic Acid

Omega 9, or Oleic acid, is excellent for dry or aging skin. It penetrates quickly and deeply into the skin’s surface, replacing lost moisture and preventing moisture from evaporating. It can restore the natural oil of the skin, without clogging pores and leading to breakouts. In skincare products, oleic acid helps to maintain the softness, suppleness, and radiance of the skin and hair. Oleic acid may also help reduce the appearance of aging and dandruff, boost immunity, exhibit antioxidant properties, and prevent joint inflammation, stiffness, and pain.

Stearic Acid

Stearic acid acts as an emollient that can protect the skin’s surface against water loss. It is an ideal emulsifying agent that binds water and oil and helps extend the shelf life of products. Stearic acid also has cleansing properties that help to remove dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin.

Palmitic Acid

Palmitic acid is one of the most common saturated fatty acids, and lends emollient properties to skincare products. The antioxidants in palmitic acid help prevent free radical damage to maintain youthful, radiant skin. Two main functions of palmitic acid are to act as an emulsifier and surfactant. Palmitic acid may also benefit the skin by helping to restore the skin’s role as a natural barrier.

Linoleic Acid

Linoleic acid helps make the skin’s barrier stronger so it can keep water in and irritants out. When used topically, it can improve wound healing and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. It can also soothe acne and reduce the chance of future breakouts. Its ability to promote moisture retention in the skin helps with skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Linoleic acid also slows the appearance of premature aging.

Additional Components of Shea Butter and their Benefits to the Skin

Allantoin

Allantoin removes dead skin cells, softens the skin, and encourages the growth of new skin cells. It also calms and soothes irritated skin. Due to its protective and regenerative properties, it can contribute to the healing of wounds. Allantoin increases the water content of cells, making it an ideal ingredient for anti-aging products. It is a gentle, non-irritating, effective moisturizing agent for the skin and can enhance the skin’s texture, making it smoother.

Polyphenols

Polyphenols soften the skin and provide antioxidant properties that slow the appearance of aging. They can protect against harmful UV radiation and boost skin cell regeneration and elasticity. These benefits will enhance the overall quality of the skin. Polyphenols increase circulation, repair scarred skin, and prevent moisture loss from skin and hair. They offer soothing relief to burned skin. Polyphenols can also deeply cleanse pores and balance the oil production of the skin. Studies show that topical use of ingredients rich in polyphenols helps improve the skin’s natural properties. They can enhance defense against oxidative stress, prevent skin aging, and may inhibit skin cancer. 

Vitamin A

Vitamin A protects skin against damage caused by UV radiation. It can slow the appearance of aging by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin A stimulates the production of collagen and cell regeneration to keep the skin healthy and firm. It can facilitate faster healing of wounds, protect skin against toxins and bacteria, and promote cell production, thereby boosting immunity. Vitamin A balances the skin tone by lightening unwanted blemishes and dark spots. It also clears the pores and slows oil production, thus reducing acne breakouts.

Now you know why Organic Shea Butter is such a fantastic ingredient in skincare products! At Bay Berry Bliss, we strive to make the best quality products we can make with organic ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. For many business owners, this process involves consideration of the cost of the ingredients, but not here! We never try to meet a price point, but to deliver the very best products we can make using the best ingredients this earth has to offer! Some of our products made with Organic Shea Butter include Body Butter, Hand and Body Lotion, Lip Balm, Lotion Sticks, and Cuticle Salve. To read more about our product ingredients, check out our product ingredient page.

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