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Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that grows on Karite trees, which are mainly found in Africa. It comes in form of solid fatty oil and in its raw form, looks like scoops of hard caramel ice cream, little wonder why some people use it for food preparations.

Shea butter has become widely popular for its extraordinary ability to not only protect the skin against everyday environmental damage, but also repair and renew it.

There are many advantages of Shea butter that many ladies ignore. They would rather spend money on pricey skin care products that may be harming them.

These are 5 reasons why every lady should include Shea butter in her daily skin care products.

1. Shea Butter Protects The Skin 

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Shea butter melts on the skin to form a non-greasy coating that effectively seals in the moisture. During Harmattan people smear themselves with Shea butter to protect their skin from drying out.

Applying Shea butter all over the body after a bath or a long swim will help keep the skin hydrated and soft. Alternatively, you can add a tablespoonful of the butter into your warm bathwater before the final rinse. It will quickly melt and cover your body with a thin, protective layer of oil, the interesting part is that it does not make the skin oily. 

2. Prevents Stretch Marks

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Stretch marks formation depends on heredity and other factors such as rapid weight gain. However, keeping the skin moisturized will reduce stretch marks, if not completely prevent them. Since many chemicals can be absorbed through the skin, it is best to depend on natural, non-toxic moisturizing agents like Shea butter for keeping the skin hydrated all through pregnancy and during the lactating period.

3. Perfect Lip Balm

Make your own long-lasting lip balm with Shea butter. Shea butter keeps the lips moisturized, and the vitamin A and E in the butter nourishes the tender skin and keeps it healthy. To make the simplest of lip balms for everyday use, you can add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil or any other essential oil of your choice to a tablespoonful of Shea butter.

4. Shea Butter Heals

Shea butter is a great friend of athletes and sportspersons as it eliminates toxins which cause muscle fatigue. you can give yourself a good massage after your workout with shea butter and watch the pain disappear.

Most soaps and oils convert into soap (saponification) when they come in contact with alkali. Shea butter does not as it contains oil soluble fatty acids and plant sterols. This intensifies its healing potential especially for burns, cuts, rashes insect bites and eczema.

5. Shea Butter Smoothens Wrinkled Skin 

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Shea butter has higher stearic acid content than other vegetable oils, making it much closer to animal fats in chemical composition.

The fatty acid profile of shea butter allows it to be absorbed into the deeper skin layers to nourish them and support collagen production. Regular application protects against moisture loss from the skin. Being non-sticky, Shea butter can be comfortably used day and night. It is a non-toxic way to protect the skin from regular sun exposure in day to day living.