WHAT IS SHEA OIL ?
Shea oil possesses all the beneficial properties of shea butter. It does however have a lower melting point that can make it easier to utilize in certain formulations. An ideal choice for inclusion in baby care, sun care, lip care and hair care products. While the composition of shea butter and shea oil are similar in all other aspects, the difference arises in the amount of stearic acid in the two products. In shea oil, the amount of stearic acid, an essential fatty acid, which gives shea butter its thick consistency, is much lower.
INGREDIENTS: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Seed Oil.
THE NUTRIENTS IN SHEA OIL
Both shea butter and shea oil have similar nutrients as they come from the same source. We cannot say one is better than the other in the form of nutrient composition.
Shea oil is composed of essential fatty acids such as:
Oleic – 73.15%
Linoleic – 13.7%
Stearic – 8.5%
Palmitic – 4.0%
Alpha-Linolenic – 0.33%
THE BENEFITS OF SHEA OIL
♦ Moisturizer - Shea oil acts as a powerful moisturizer for dry, flaky skin.
♦ Strengthens hair - Shea oil can be blended with a lighter oil such as olive oil for a hair-straightening treatment.
♦ Heals skin - Shea oil can be used for a variety of skin ailments such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema as it has anti-inflammatory compounds and healing properties such as humectant properties and soothing properties.
♦ Non-comedogenic - Like shea butter, shea oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your skin and can therefore be used on acne-prone skin.
THE USES OF SHEA OIL
The oily, liquid texture of shea oil gives it the ability to be used in different ways than shea butter. Being liquid, shea oil is easier to apply on the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and supple.
Shea oil can also be used as a:
• Thick massage oil
• Facial oil
• Body oil
• Hair oil
• Hot oil treatment
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