Derived from the nuts of the African karite tree, shea butter has been used as an African skincare and healing ingredient for centuries.
Now a widely used cosmetic ingredient, it’s renowned for being one of the world’s best natural skin moisturisers.
The best thing about shea butter is that it’s fantastically versatile, especially the raw unrefined variety.
A real skin food, it is good for dry and sensitive skin, soothing for sore, cracked skin and its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for sunburn, itchiness, insect bites, rashes and eczema.
Plus it is rich in natural vitamins that promote healthy skin and cell repair.
You can even use it in your hair before washing as a nourishing conditioner
Here are some top shea butter products to check out:
L’Occitane Pure Shea Butter
This multipurpose tin of 100% shea butter is a handbag must-have. Simply smooth a small amount in the palm of your hand and smooth onto the skin.
Burt’s Bees Fragrance Free Shea Butter and Vitamin E Body Lotion
This creamy formula gives your skin the nutrients it needs without any added fragrance. Packed with shea butter, vitamin E, and botanicals like chamomile, calendula, St John’s wort, rosemary and linden flower, it’s a natural multi-tasker.
If you suffer from sensitive or dry skin, this super-rich and creamy butter is brilliantly nourishing. Massage it straight into skin after a bath or shower.
REN Grapeseed Jojoba and Shea Butter Body Cream
Containing shea butter and jojoba oils to nourish the skin, this body lotion is also formulated with toning grapefruit oil to leave skin soft, and refreshed.
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