About The Ingredient: Shea Butter
Updated: Mar 20, 2019
One of nature’s most powerful natural moisturizers, shea butter is derived from kernels of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), native to Africa's Sudano-Sahelian region and a key part of Saharan ecosystems. The tree’s bark can be used for fuel wood and turned into charcoal, its leaves for treating stomach pain and headaches, and the butter from its kernels for topical medicines, soaps, candles, and pomade. But most commonly, shea butter is used in lotions and hydrating hand creams.
Shea butter’s moisturizing powers come from its high content of non-saponifiable fatty acids. These lipids, when applied to the skin, are absorbed by the epidermal outer layer, creating a barrier that prevents moisture loss, while protecting damaged skin from irritation or infection. These fatty acids also provide structural support for skin cells, thus acting as an anti-inflammatory.
It’s for these reasons that shea butter makes for one of the best moisturizers; in addition to applying it to the hands and body for skin hydration, it can also be used to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy, and to slow the appearance of aging.
Bartholomew Sisters offers a number of organic vegan shea butter products enriched with cocoa butter and Vitamins A, E, and F, which encourage healthy skin cell production, prevent UV damage, and nourish the skin’s layers, respectively. For those who are sensitive to smells, the unscented shea butter may be best for you. For those looking for aromatherapy with their skincare, Bartholomew Sisters has a range of scented shea butter products, like lavender, coconut, vanilla, lemongrass, and cinnamon. Invest in your skin’s long-term health; try them out today.