Certified Organic Shea Nut Butter
Yard Skincare uses certified organic Ghanaian Shea Nut Butter which is sourced by our suppliers from an inspiring community near the village of Wa in northern Ghana, Africa. The Shea nut trees grow wild and uncultivated and as a result, no chemicals pesticides, fertilisers, toxic or hazardous substances come into contact with the trees. The sponsored community is supported with a Fair Trade agreement for the Ghanaian Shea Nut Butter they produce and the region is Certified Organic.
What is Shea Nut Butter?
Shea Nut Butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and many other locations for years to improve skin and hair. It also has a long history of medicinal use, such as in wound care and even treating leprosy. It’s also not uncommon in that part of the world to eat shea butter as well, much as we use palm oil in products. There’s differing opinions on whether or not it’s healthy to eat, and since some studies suggest that ingesting shea butter may interfere with the digestion of other proteins.
Benefits of Ghanaian Shea Nut Butter:
- Moisturising and Conditioning Unrefined shea butter is one of nature’s best moisturisers. It has the ability to penetrate into your the deeper layers of your skin. This prevents moisture loss and helps promote the delivery of other active antioxidants. Because it’s absorbed and doesn’t sit on the outer layer of your 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.
- Anti-aging and Antioxidant Rich There are two causes of aging. Intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging is genetic, but extrinsic aging is affected by our environment. The 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. Shea butter is considered anti-aging because it can help with the some of the extrinsic causes. Shea butter has a naturally high content of antioxidants and phytosterols that literally help to nourish and feed your skin. Vitamins A and E are both antioxidants that fight free radicals by preventing the cellular rusting that’s caused by environmental factors. 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.
- Anti-inflammatory and Anti-bacterial When you hear reports that shea butter can heal wounds and treat acne, these claims are due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. Phytosterols and cinnamic acid present contribute to this by reducing redness, irritation and help skin recover from wounds faster. It can be used to naturally soothe insect bites, rashes and sun burns and has been historically used to soothe eczema. Shea also has catechins, a polyphenol also found in green tea which has some anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties which may help prevent blemishes when used as a part of a healthy skin care routine.
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