Shea butter is found in the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree, which grows in Africa. A main benefit of shea butter is that it moisturizes and hydrates the skin. This is why you can find shea butter in some skin lightening products. Shea butter has fatty acids which retain the moisture in skin and it helps reduce stretch marks in women’s bodies. For those with acne, shea butter helps eliminate acne scars and other scars that come as the result of different skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. For best benefits in using shea butter as a skin lightening treatment, you should purchase it in its’ pure and unrefined form at a health foods store.
Before you apply the shea butter to your face for skin lightening benefits you want to first wash your face to eliminate dirt and oils from your face. Then pat your face dry and apply the shea butter all over your face, and let the butter stay on your face for eight hours before rinsing it off. In addition to having fatty acids that moisturize the skin, shea butter provides protection from the sun, evens out uneven skin tones, provides relief from irritation after shaving and reduces the signs of aging. Finally, shea butter contains important skin lightening vitamins such as vitamin E, vitamin A and vitamin D.
If you’re interested in learning more about shea butter’s role in skin lightening, you should talk with your dermatologist and ask how this ingredient works to lighten your skin. Another way to research shea butter’s skin lightening benefits is to read some dermatology journal and beauty magazine articles that pertain to this topic. When reading the articles it’s good to take notes so when you get a shea butter-based skin lightening product, you’ll know what to look for. Also talk to relatives and friends who used shea butter for skin lightening purposes and ask them which products they would recommend. You can also read some blogs from everyday people who use shea butter and read which skin lightening products they recommend to readers.
Besides the local health foods store, you’ll also find shea butter-based skin lightening products at the drugstore, online beauty retailers and occasionally the supermarket. When shopping for shea butter-based skin lightening products online, it’s important to realize that some online retailers that claim to offer pure shea butter products don’t always do so.