Shea Butter Basics and Your Beard Health
Shea butter is used a lot in beard care products mainly because it is relatively inexpensive to buy in bulk which is why some scoff at its use in a beard care product. Before you are quick to judge its inclusion in a product solely based off simple economic (supply and demand) let’s look at some of the wonderful properties shea butter offers to the beard and body.
So what is Shea Butter?
Shea (Pronounced “Shee”) butter comes from the kernel of the shea tree fruit which grows wild in equatorial regions of central Africa and is packed full of vitamin A, vitamin E, and fatty acids. All these are natural and make Shea butter a superfood for your skin (and hair).
What sets Shea butter/oil apart from other tree oils is its ability to heal while it moisturizes. Most other oils do one or the other, but with Shea you get both. Once absorbed, shea butter coats the hair shaft creating a breathable layer that traps the moisture in while also protecting it from damaging UV effects.
Shea butter has also been cited to help with a whole laundry list of things such as:
- Dry Skin
- Skin Rash
- Skin peeling, after tanning/sunburn
- Blemishes and wrinkles
- Itching skin
- Small Wounds
- Cracked Skin/ Tough or rough skin
- Cold Damage/frost bite
- Stretch mark prevention (during pregnancy)
- Insect bites
- Muscle Fatigue, aches, tension
- Skin allergies, such as poison ivy
- Skin burns.
Shea Butter Beard Benefits
As you can see Shea butter is such an awesome moisturizer and all around great ingredient, which is why you will find it in Bearded Botanicals® balms, whips waxes and washes.
I think it is important to note that a skilled crafter, such as ourselves, never make shea butter the star of any of our blends but use it to help enhance our products with the wonderful benefits it offers. One of the biggest benefits we utilize shea butter for is its emollient properties and ability to lock in moisture. Shea butter has a higher absorption rate than Lanolin but not as much a Cupuacu butter, which we also use in a lot of our blends.
Keeping your facial skin and hairs hydrated is important to having a healthy beard. Moisture loss (dry beard) is the leading cause in breakage and skin irritations. Shea butter is deeply soothing and calming on any irritation and inflammation skin which makes it a great addition to beard care products to help with any red irritated skin.
Now I think it is important to note that not all shea butter is created equal so make sure you trust your beard care maker and that they are only using high quality unrefined shea butter.
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