Shea Butter

INCI: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

Function: Emollient

Benefits: Hydration

The Science: Shea butter is extracted from the karite tree and is used as an emollient. It is a rich source of antioxidants, including quercetin, epicatechin gallate , gallocatechin and epigallocatechin. Quercetin is known to soothe skin as well as to help reduce inflammation. It also helps to stimulate repair in irritated or damaged skin. Epigallocatechin helps to promote skin hydration, moisture retention and reduce wrinkle formation in addition to having radical scavenging activity. This leads to a reduction of melanin generation. Shea butter is also rich in the fatty acids stearic and linoleic acid.

The Story: Shea butter promotes moisture retention in the skin to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and soothe inflammation.