Beauty secrets: shea butter for skin and hair

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Used since the dawn of time by Egyptian women, Queen Nefertiti had made it her beauty secret. He covered her body and her hair with it. Among the star ingredients of the natural cosmetics trend, shea butter tops the list. Dry skin, dull and weakened hair.

Shea butter comes from a tree that grows in the West African savanna. Shea butter is extracted from its fruit, a nut that contains a naturally fatty almond.

What are the benefits of shea butter on the skin?

Shea butter acts as a guardian angel for the skin. "Its greatest strength lies in its moisturizing and protective power that gives it its content of lipids, fatty acids and vitamins A, D, E and F. This combo helps to limit water loss but also to nourish the skin and restore its barrier skin, key to a perfectly equipped epidermis against external aggressions ", explains dermatologist Dr. Pierre Schneider.

Antioxidant, its vitamin E acts to prevent skin aging and its vitamin D optimizes healing.

"The thick galenic of shea butter is also an advantage, it fills in cracks, soothes and protects the skin", adds the expert.

What are the benefits of shea butter for hair?

Allies for medium-length hair, the vitamins in shea butter regain strength and vigor. Ultra-hydrating, adds shine, softness and controls frizz. Curls best friend, by nourishing them in depth, they gain flexibility and elasticity.

"We apply shea butter only to the ends. Its oily texture, if it sticks to the scalp, could cause a flare-up of seborrheic dermatitis," says Dr. Schneider.

Is shea butter suitable for all skin types?

"Shea butter is indicated for dry to very dry skin. For oily and acne-prone skin, it should be avoided on the face, décolleté, upper back. It also alerts in case of folliculitis (small pimples) on the buttocks, this phenomenon is It is favored by maceration, so it is forbidden to apply excessively fatty substances in this region ", adds the dermatologist.

How to choose the right shea butter?

Since shea butter is subject to rancidity, it is purchased in small quantities, in well-sealed containers. It is imperative to be very strict with hygiene, hand washing with hydroalcoholic gel mandatory to limit bacteria.

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