Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa, formerly Butyrospermum parkii). It contains the fatty acids: oleic acid (40 to 60%), stearic acid (20 to 50%), linoleic acid (3 to 11%), palmitic acid (2 to 9%) and arachidic acid (less than 1%).

Functions in cosmetics

  • Shea butter melts at body temperature, it is able to coat the skin and form an occlusive film, prevents transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and harmful factors from the environment.
  • Anti-inflammatory, recover skin’s softness, increases the hydration and improves dry or irritated skin.
  • High levels of triglycerides and fatty acids replenishes and strengthens the natural protective barrier.
  • The nonsaponifiable components stimulate the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibers, which reverses the degenerative skin changes seen with aging, leading to a more youthful complexion.

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