Let’s Get to Know Shea Butter
Shea butter. It’s most definitely something you’ve seen around and probably used, even without
knowing. It’s been used as a skincare ingredient for literally centuries. We’re talking back to
Shea butter is a fat extracted from Shea nut trees, mostly coming from West Africa. It’s naturally
high in Vitamins A and E, essential fatty acids and oils- meaning, it can be used for pretty much
everything and for many skin concerns.
You can use Shea butter on almost anything- your face, hair, feet, cooking. You name it. It’s
especially known for being hydrating and its healing abilities. It’s not hard to see why it’s been
used in plenty of skincare products for so long.
Rebecca Ferguson, founder of Equal Skin, has recently found a new love for Shea butter and
shared how she’s been slotting it into her routine.
“My skin has changed so much since using it, I don’t get any skin troubles at all. It’s given me a
youthful glow.” Rebecca said.
“I would often see friends using it religiously, so it was on my radar but wasn’t something I
So, we’ve put together a quick overview of what you need to know.
Shea butter for dry skin:
Largely found in moisturisers due to its capabilities to retain moisture, protect the skin’s natural
oils and being intensely nourishing.
“I started using it because I needed a new body moisturiser” Rebecca added. This is the most
popular and well-known use for Shea across all skin types- you’ve seen the classic body butters
So here’s the science; due to Shea’s fatty acids, when applied to skin the oils are absorbed
rapidly. This restores lipids, produces and retains moisture by strengthening the barrier between
your skin and environmentals. A perfect skin hydrator.
Shea butter for anti ageing:
Shea butter can also benefit ageing skin, thanks to the high levels of Vitamins A and E.
This means it boosts strong antioxidant activity and defends your skin cells from the damage of
free radicals. In turn, preventing pesky premature signs of ageing and lacklustre skin.
It’ll also help your skin’s production of collagen, boosting cell turnover, elasticity and firming
With the right balance of moisture on the surface of the skin, much fewer dead skin cells can
block the way of those incoming fresh ones. This may also minimise the appearance of fine
lines and plump the skin. Sold yet?
How to use:
“Because raw shea butter doesn’t feel smooth, you have to melt it in your hands before applying
it” Rebecca advises.
A little goes a long way, so use sparingly. If like Rebecca, you’re using raw natural Shea butter,
keep at room temperature because anything under, it will solidify.
Use Shea butter as a body and/or face moisturiser- it may even already be in your favourite.
As well as cleansing daily in the shower, it’s still important to moisturise our bodies to keep the
skin hydrated and replenish the moisture we lose each day.
Shea butter will instantly soothe and soften any dry patch from the first application. And did I
mention the anti-ageing? So yeah, you’ll want to keep this one in your everyday kit.