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5 reasons you should use raw shea butter on your skin

Nourishing, moisturising, and completely natural – raw shea butter is one of those miracle skincare ingredients that offers so many benefits. So many that it gets you wondering, is it too good to be true? We’re here to answer that question. But first, let’s take a look at what shea butter is and where it comes from.

A closer look at raw shea butter

Shea butter is a fat extracted from nuts of the African shea tree. It’s revered by West African locals, relied on for centuries to protect their skin from the harsh climate of the shea belt. Women trust raw shea butter so steadfastly, that they even cover their newborn babies in it, from head to toe. And if it works wonders in these harsh conditions, just imagine what it could do for your skin. 

Shea butter is typically thick and hard at room temperature, with a rich, buttery consistency. It is easy to apply, and ideal as an eye cream, lip balm, or body butter. The African legacy of raw shea butter proves its value when it comes to skincare, so we have used it as a base ingredient in many of our moisturisers. Explore the Orobaa range.

Skincare benefits of raw shea butter

1. Anti-inflammatory and healing

It has incredible anti-inflammatory and healing properties. When applied to the skin, shea butter causes cytokines and other inflammatory cells to slow their production, reducing redness and swelling. Shea butter can also help prevent acne in this regard.

2. Anti-ageing properties

There’s observable evidence that raw shea butter has anti-ageing properties, although the exact mechanism that causes the effect remains unknown. It’s widely assumed that natural shea butter either promotes collagen production in the skin, or decreases the breakdown of already-existing collagen. Either way, shea butter reduces fine lines and causes the skin to appear plumper and more youthful. And that’s a big plus in our book!

3. Anti-oxidant

It contains high levels of vitamins A and E – both known antioxidants. The anti-oxidants in shea butter protect the skin from free radicals, further reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 

4. Emollient properties

The fatty acid content in raw natural shea butter (making up about 60%) makes it an effective moisturiser, smoothing the skin and sealing off the moisture barrier. Shea butter’s emollient properties protect the skin from environmental stressors, and prevent it from drying out and becoming irritated. Shea butter also protects the skin’s natural oil production, unlike many cosmetic creams available today that actually strip the skin of its own moisture. When used on a regular basis, shea butter makes the skin noticeably softer. And who doesn’t want skin that’s soft to the touch (and the eye)? 

5. Reduces atopic symptoms

As mentioned previously, raw shea butter is an emollient, so is often used to soothe itchy and dry skin caused by conditions like eczema and psoriasis. It absorbs rapidly, making it ideal for quick relief of minor flares. And is natural, and safe for chronic use. 

Experience this natural marvel for yourself

Love the sound of raw shea butter and all it can offer your skin? Then try it in its purest, most natural form. Order now.

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