Shea butter is obtained from the fruit of the shea tree (Butyrosperum parkii) that belongs to the Sapotaceae family and grows naturally in the dry savannah belt of West Africa. It is considered as sacred tree by various African ethnic groups. They believe that the tree has spiritual protective power and it is used in their religious and cultural ceremonies.
Shea tree fruit resembles a large plum, it consists of thin, tart pulp that surrounds oil-rich seed from which shea butter is extracted. The most precious and nutrient rich shea butter is produced by traditional method that is difficult and time consuming process, mainly done by African women. The butter is edible and throughout Africa is used for cooking, for candle making and medicinal purposes.
Active compounds found in shea butter are largely Stearic and Oleic(Omega-9) acids, as well Linoleic(Omega-6), Palmitic and Arachidic acids, vitamin E and A. The butter provides antioxidant, antiinflammatory, antifungal and antitumour action. It is widely used in cosmetic industry.
Shea butter benefits for skin and hair:
- excellent moisturizer, is easy absorbed into the deeper layers of skin, doesn’t clog the pores, balances the natural sebum production, gives nice glow to skin.
- fights aging – boosts collagen synthesis, improves skin elasticity and suppleness, eliminates the fine lines and wrinkles, makes skin smooth and beautiful.
- treats dry, rough and chapped skin, comforts and soothes skin irritations and rashes, helps with skin allergies, aids healing of eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
- diminishes scars and stretch marks, promotes flawless skin, smooths and softens the appearance of cellulite.
- acts as mild sunscreen, naturally absorbs UV rays and protects the skin from sun with natural SPF6, also relieves sunburn, prevents skin peeling and flaking.
- treats insect bites, accelerates healing of wounds, burns and frost bites.
- nourishes dry, damaged and weak hair, calms itchy scalp, fortifies and strengthens the hair roots.
Shea butter can be found in Atlantis Skincare Glowing Skin Day Cream with Hyaluronic Acid and Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid.