Shea Butter – anti aging for Diminishing Wrinkles
Shea butter, also known as karite butter, is a fatty substance made out of nuts from the karite tree grown in West and Central Africa. Karite trees usually grow in the wild and can take up to fifty years to mature with a life expectancy of about 300 years. Recently, the beauty industry has awoken to the immense anti aging properties of Shea butter and its effectiveness in diminishing wrinkles.
Before we discuss the anti aging and anti wrinkle properties of shea butter, let me explain a bit on some fundamentals of wrinkles formation.
Fundamentals of formation of wrinkles
When people get older, their skin gets drier, thinner, less elastic, and less able to protect itself from damage. This leads to wrinkles and lines on the skin. On the other hand, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light (from the sun or other sources) increases the chance of developing wrinkles earlier. What UV actually does to the skin is to break down the collagen and connective tissues of the skin. Consequently, the skin becomes weaker, less flexible and wrinkles form.
Now, let’s see how shea butter diminishes wrinkles.
Shea butter has proven to diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin and promoting renewal of skin cells. Thus, making it an effective organic anti aging body butter. Shea butter naturally contains cinnamic acid which helps to protect the skin from harmful UV rays. In addition, shea butter protects the skin from environmental and free radical damages. Shea butter has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties and contains Vitamins E, F, and A. The Vitamin F in Shea butter helps to protect the skin from harmful exposure. Shea butter also naturally contains linoleic, linolenic and arachidonic acids, the three essential fatty acids which hydrates, heals and plums the skin back to a wrinkle-free state.
Shea butter is extremely effective in moisturizing since it contains many fatty acids the skin needs to retain moisture and elasticity. The high fatty content makes Shea butter an excellent additive in shampoos, soaps, anti aging creams, cosmetics, massage oils, and lotions. The composition of Shea butter allows it to melt easily into the skin. So, no worries about oily, shiny smudges on the surface of the skin.
Shea butter is in many products and used for various uses. It has become a world renowned product used to help keep the skin in youthful condition as well as repair damage to the skin and the skin cells. As an anti-aging agent, shea butter helps to revitalize the elasticity lost during the aging process. For this reason many woman have added this product to their facial regimens. Even pregnant women have successfully used shea butter to fight against stretch marks and the scarring of prior stretch marks. Shea butter helps heal the damages of the scarring so that the scars become invisible. When used before and during pregnancy, the fatty acids in shea butter make the skin softer and more subtle allowing the skin stretch with the growing of the pregnancy.