Ingredient Spotlight: Why Shea Butter Should be Your Go-To Ingredient for Nourishing Skin Care

Ingredient Spotlight: Why Shea Butter Should be Your Go-To Ingredient for Nourishing Skin Care

This year at Cosmic, we want to guide you in loving yourself better, and we can help you do that by educating you about the natural ingredients we choose to use in our skincare, body care, and makeup line.

Our skin is the body's largest organ and absorbs whatever you put on it. Too often, we focus on toxic or chemical ingredients that we should be trying to avoid. However, this week I want to kick things off by featuring one of our beloved natural ingredients here at Cosmic so that we can focus on how your skin can benefit. 

This week we're featuring the skin-loving ingredient Shea butter. A versatile and nourishing ingredient commonly used in skincare products, it's a natural source of vitamins and fatty acids that can benefit the skin, so let's get to it! 

Shea butter has a long history of use in skincare. The butter is extracted from the nuts of the African Shea Tree and has been used for centuries by the people of West Africa to nourish and protect their skin from the harsh sun, dry winds, and other environmental factors.

One of the main benefits of shea butter is its ability to deeply moisturize the skin. High levels of fatty acids help hydrate and protect the skin barrier. Reducing dryness, flakiness, and itching, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth.

Shea butter is also a natural source of vitamins A, E, and F, which are known for their anti-aging and rejuvenating properties. Vitamin A, for example, is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, while vitamin E helps to strengthen the skin barrier and improve its elasticity. 

Another benefit of shea butter is its anti-inflammatory properties. It's been shown to help soothe irritated skin and reduce redness and inflammation, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. The key is to look for high-quality shea butter products, ensuring you get the maximum benefit from the ingredient. 

Have you ever noticed your Shea butter products, like our frostings or lip balms, are sometimes grainy? 

It's due to the way it's processed. Shea butter is typically extracted from the nuts of the shea tree through a process of crushing, roasting, and then grinding. Changes in temperature like heating or melting of Shea butter then allowing it to cool slowly can form little buttery crystals, resulting in a grainy texture. This graininess is a natural characteristic of shea butter, and it does not affect the quality or effectiveness of the butter. 

So, could your skin use a little dose of natural Shea Butter?

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