Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), which is native to West Africa. It is commonly used in cosmetics and skincare products due to its moisturizing, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Shea butter is high in fatty acids and vitamins A and E, which make it an effective moisturizer and skin conditioner. It can be used to help soothe dry, flaky, or irritated skin, and can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition to its skincare benefits, shea butter is also used in haircare products to moisturize and condition the hair, and can be used to treat dry or itchy scalp. It is also used in some food products, such as chocolate and margarine, as a substitute for cocoa butter.
Shea butter can be used on its own as a natural moisturizer or can be found in many skincare and haircare products, including lotions, creams, balms, and shampoos. It is generally safe for most people to use, but individuals with nut allergies should exercise caution and perform a patch test before using shea butter products.