Chances are, you’ve probably heard about shea butter, particularly if you’re a fan of plant-based moisturizers. There’s a reason this natural ingredient has made a name for itself in the skincare world: it has plenty of beneficial properties. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the benefits of shea butter for eczema. Read on!
What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is extracted from nuts that come from the West African shea tree. At warm temperatures, it is solid and has an off-white colour. For centuries, it’s been used as a common ingredient in cosmetics. Why? Thanks to its high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids, it does a great job smoothing, soothing, and conditioning the skin. Plus, it has an easy-to-spread consistency.
Eczema and Shea Butter
Eczema is a common skin condition that causes the skin to be dry, red, irritated, and incredibly itchy. It affects approximately 10-20% of the population. Research isn’t sure of the exact cause of this inflammatory skin condition, but it’s believed to be linked to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. There is currently no cure for eczema but there are ways to prevent and manage symptoms – such as using shea butter. Because shea butter contains triglycerides with oleic, stearic, linoleic, and palmitic fatty acids, it’s incredibly nourishing. It also helps with moisture-retention as it acts as a protective layer over the skin and prevents further water loss which makes it a great choice for combatting dry, and subsequently itchy, symptoms of eczema.
Benefits of Shea Butter
Unlike some ingredients, shea butter doesn’t clog the pores or contain chemical irritants that may dry out the skin. Unlike most tree nuts, it’s very low in the proteins that can trigger an allergic reaction. Shea butter is very moisturizing without making the skin oily. It contains linoleic, oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids which are absorbed into the skin and provides a quick relief from eczema flare ups. It also has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. In addition, shea butter is known to promote wound healing, soothe sunburn, and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. It even has anti-aging benefits, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As you can see, there are so many wonderful reasons to love shea butter! It’s no surprise that this natural ingredient has become a popular choice in many natural skincare products.
Shea Butter for Eczema Treatment
Your skin can benefit from natural shea butter for eczema with the help of our Coconut and Sunflower Oil Soap Bar. This gentle soap is natural and nourishing making it a great choice for those with eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, rosacea, or sensitive skin. It was created using 3 wholesome ingredients: coconut oil, sunflower oil, and of course, shea butter. Together, these ingredients cleanse the skin without causing further irritation or dryness. The coconut oil provides moisturizing and anti-bacterial properties while the sunflower oil is full of vitamins A, B, D and E. You can count on shea butter to provide skin-healing benefits thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
We recommend this handmade soap bar for adults and babies with even the most fragile skin. Feel free to use it as a full body soap from head to toe or simply as a hand soap throughout the day. After using this fatty cleanser and moisturizer, you’ll love how soft and supple your skin feels! Enjoy its naturally light smell without any added fragrance or perfume.
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