Body butter is amazing for skin! Here’s a list of 21 benefits adapted from the American Shea Butter Institute. Most of our body butters contain a high portion of shea butter, and share these benefits;
1. Relieve dry skin
2. Heal skin rashes
3. Ease peeling skin after tanning
4. Reduce wrinkles and blemishes
5. Relieve itching
6. Relieve sunburn
7. As a shaving cream
8. Heal small skin wounds
9. Heal skin cracks
10. Soften rough/tough skin on feet
11. As a heavy moisturizer in cold weather
12. Relieve frost bite
13. Reduce stretch marks during pregnancy
14. Ease insect bites
15. Maintain healthy skin
16. Ease muscle fatigue, aches and tension
17. Relax muscles after strenuous exercise
18. Alleviate allergic reactions to plants like poison ivy or poison oak
19. Heal eczema
20. Heal dermatitis
21. Heal heat damage (from burns, radiation, etc.)
While some of these uses do overlap, there is no question that the shea in our body butters is incredibly powerful!
But why is this? The American Shea Butter Institute explains;
“Most seed oils can be divided into two important fractions. The first fraction is called the saponifiable fraction, which contains most of the moisturizing properties (moisturizing fraction). The second fraction is called the nonsaponifiable fraction, which contains most of the healing properties (healing fraction).
What sets shea butter apart from other seed oils is its exceptionally large healing fraction. The healing fraction contains vitamins and valuable phytonutrients required for healing. Depending on the source, the size of the healing fraction may range from 5% and upward. Some report the healing fraction as high as 17%. The larger the healing fraction the better the chances are for a good quality shea butter. In other seed oils, the healing fraction is very small, often in the range of 1% or less.
While other seed oils may have good to excellent moisturizing fraction, these oils contain little or no healing fraction. Because shea butter has such a large healing fraction, in addition to moisturizing fraction, regular use of this natural cream can treat many skin problems…”
Lotions don’t quite cut it 🙂 If you need both a healing and moisturizing experience, switch to body butter!