At Duckish, we truly believe that all natural skin care is a beautiful thing. Ingredients sourced from the earth have not only been used for thousands of years, they also have proven benefits for our skin (head to toe). That being said, it’s super important to understand what’s in your all natural skin products, and how it can benefit you specifically. Today, we want to highlight one of our all-time favourites – unrefined, organic shea butter (which we use in just about everything from our natural lip balm collection to our waterless lotions).
Let’s take a look at shea butter’s magical properties and some of the wonderful ways it can transform your hair and skin.
The Scientific Nitty-Gritty of Shea Butter
Scientifically speaking, shea butter is chock full of amazing ingredients. A blend of Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Cinnamic Acid Esters, Allantoin, and Polyphenols (Tocopherol/Vitamin E) – it’s packed with the things our skin needs to be both stronger and softer.
However, if you don’t have a degree in biochemistry, the benefits may break down a little more like the following:
It Heals and Restores
Great for scarring, acne, and a number of other skin conditions, shea butter can heal and repair. For those with acne-prone skin, it makes oils feel thinner in consistency when used in an oil blend. In fact, it can control acne and reduce chances of future outbreaks. It’s also being tested on conditions like eczema and dermatitis – for which it has been known to soothe inflammation, irritation, and redness. When used as a gentle, clean skin cream, it’s non-irritating, which makes it ideal for use on sensitive or irritated skin too.
It’s Highly Moisturizing
There’s a reason we add organic shea butter to products like our natural lip balms, waterless lotions, body balms, and more. It’s incredibly moisturizing – without that icky, sticky feeling or residue that some other products leave. For both skin and hair, it helps maintain softness, suppleness, and radiance. It can also enhance the skin’s natural texture and stimulate cell regeneration, promoting the growth of healthy skin and tissue
It’s Amazing on Aging Skin
Caring for aging skin comes with a host of unique challenges. With aging, the outer skin layer (epidermis) thins, pales, and becomes more translucent. External factors such as sun exposure also start to lead to visible sun damage in the form of pigment spots. Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin's strength and elasticity, and before we know it, collagen levels drop off, leaving our skin looser.
Thankfully, shea butter has some incredible natural properties that can help contribute to an all natural skin care routine for those in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and beyond. It does this by promoting skin cell regeneration, which makes skin look rejuvenated, contributing antioxidant properties and boosting circulation, protecting against harmful UV radiation, and much more.
Since water-free skin care is so crucial for aging skin, it also makes for a great waterless lotion that packs more benefits (and obviously, less water) per serving.
It Has Exceptional Cleansing Properties
Thanks to the Stearic Acid, shea butter has cleansing properties that can purge dirt, sweat, and excess sebum from hair and skin. It’s an ideal emulsifying agent that can bind water and oil, helping to remove it from your skin during your morning or evening skincare routine. When added to soap, for example, it can be an effective emulsifier. Shea butter also has the ability to deeply cleanse pores and balance oil production.
Needless to say, shea butter is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to all natural skin care. It does all of this and more, and we highly recommend adding it to everything from your hair care to the tip of your toes.
For all natural skin products packed with organic shea butter and other amazing ingredients, shop Duckish’ collections today!