Among them, today we talk about the shea, known as ‘Green Gold,’ which is a powerful cell regenerator, with moisturizing, nourishing and anti-aging properties for both skin and hair. Also, it is rich in unsaponifiable, a type of lipid with anti-inflammatory effects. African mothers have used it for centuries as a cosmetic and therapeutic product for the whole family.
In our day today, it is increasingly common to use it in body creams or hair products, but its most widespread use has traditionally been to nourish the hands and lipsticks.
Where is it extracted from?
The shea comes from a tree about 15 m high that grows in the savanna of West Africa. Its name translated into Spanish means butter. It is considered a sacred tree, so you can not pluck its fruit, only the one that has fallen to the ground is collected.
The fruits are peeled and brought to a boil and then crushed, hence a paste-like fat is obtained, which is what we know as shea butter. It has a mild aroma when it is of good quality similar to that of artisanal butter, and its texture is solid with a color between yellow and white. It melts by applying heat with your hands and is well absorbed. As a pure and multifunctional product, we recommend the Organic Shea Butter from Pranârom. You can heat it and make your mixture with rosehip oil or lemon essence. You will have an excellent winter moisturizer, as long as you like the unctuous textures.
For what type of hair and skin is indicated?
- For dry or malnourished hair, dry or irritated scalp, afro hair dandruff or split ends.
- To nourish dry, dehydrated and prone to stretch the skin. It is also present in facial hydration treatments such as Crème Fraîche balm from Beauté de Nuxe.
- It is also common in baby skincare items, such as Face Cream face creampie, from the cosmetic line of Sophie La Girafe.
What benefits does it provide?
Shea is very rich in vitamins A and E, antioxidants and repair, and vitamin F, which revitalizes damaged hair and skin. For the skin, its primary benefit is the regenerator, so in an excellent preventive anti-aging. It also has anti-stretch, anti-wrinkle properties and protects against external aggressions such as the sun or sudden temperature changes.
But you must keep in mind that oily hair or with a tendency to frizz, and oily skin, should not use shea because of its high lipid intake.
Can it be applied in pregnancy and lactation?
Being a powerful anti-stretch mark and healing, in addition to providing natural hydration, the shea is suitable in pregnancy and lactation. If you are going to be a mom, we recommend a product from the Anne Guedes line, the elasticizing and toning Cream, with a high content of shea butter in addition to lotus and aloe vera. It will keep you hydrated and help you prevent stretch marks.
What hair products contain shea?
Products that contain shea are usually creams, shampoos, balms, serums, and masks. This is the case of the two lines with which we work in the pharmacy: Karité Hydra, for dry hair, and Karité Nutri, for dehydrated hair, both by Rene Furterer.
- The shampoo is applied with wet hair and with a gentle massage on the scalp.
- The balm is used after rinsing the shampoo, from medium to tip and leaving on for about five minutes.
- The mask should be used at least once a week; that day, we will replace the balm with the cover and leave it on for 15 minutes.
- The tip serum is applied every day or several times a week on the tips. It is put a little on the hand; first, it is massaged on the fingers to give it heat, and then it is placed on the tips: the hair can be wet or dry.
- The nourishing creams are applied once a week. Always with dry hair and before going to sleep. They do not leave oily or wet hair, so you will not need to wash your hair when you get up.
We hope to have brought you a little closer to the virtues of the shea. We recommend that before buying it, you confirm that it is an ECO product and that the extraction is done in collaboration with local communities and under the principles of fair trade.