Shea butter or shea butter, the all-rounder in body care, is made from the fruit of the shea tree and is very popular in the cosmetics sector. This tree is native to tropical Central Africa and can grow up to 20 meters. Nuts, which are 50 percent fat, grow on its branches.
The shea fat is obtained from the nuts of the tree in a complex process. You are freed from the (edible) pulp, so that only the kernels remain. These are then crushed and mixed with warm water. The resulting pulpy mass is kneaded and over time the fat settles on the surface of the mass. When it cools down, the mass solidifies and the end product is ready - shea butter.
The aromatic nutty smell of the butter is reminiscent of chocolate. The unrefined butter still contains all natural active ingredients and is yellowish-white, sometimes it also has a slight green shimmer. The butter is often refined for further processing and loses the beta-carotene in the process. This can then be clearly recognized by the color, which is then pure white. If stored in a cool and dry place, it can be kept for up to 5 years.
Shea butter has become an indispensable part of the cosmetics sector because it can be used in many ways. Refined butter is mostly used as an additive in cosmetics, as it is used in this area for its property of providing the skin with moisture. It is often used on cracked or rough areas of skin.
In the field of natural cosmetics, unrefined shea butter is used almost exclusively. The active ingredients that are still present are used in a wide variety of applications, including as a healing substance.
In the case of neurodermatitis and psoriasis, shea butter helps soothe irritated areas of the skin. In this way, chemical cortisone can be dispensed with in many cases. Other areas of application are lip care and the care of children's skin.
The most important ingredients in shea butter for skin care are phytosterols. These are also part of the human skin and can be found in the fat layer. They ensure that nutrients that come from the outside are better absorbed by the skin.