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What Are the Benefits Of Shea Butter in Skincare?

By Sydney Clarke, she/her

If Ari Lennox’s Shea Butter Baby was the first you heard of this intensely moisturizing ingredient, then your skin is in for a satisfying surprise. Shea butter’s thick and nutty scent is its unique trademark and, almost like a magic trick, the more you rub it between your palms, the more it breaks down into a liquid.  

But shea butter isn’t actually liquid gold despite its look and feel; in nature, it’s a solid shea nut. 

“It’s not actually an oil. It’s considered a natural emollient,” Lauren Cummings, Regional Sales and Education Executive at YTTP explains. “That’s why even for skin that might be more on the oily side, their skin can still absorb it—but that’s also why it’s great for dry skin. Though you’re getting maximum moisture, you’re not getting a lot of oily, slippery, shininess on the skin. It has an overall amazing capacity to moisturize, treat, and soften the skin.” And the benefits don’t stop there. As Cummings explains, one of the components to shea butter makes it an even more effective ingredient:

“One of the main antioxidants that’s in shea butter is vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects from environmental damage, or free radicals.”

Shea butter is found in two distinct Youth To The People products, the Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, and the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist.

“In our Adaptogen Mist, we’re actually using encapsulated shea butter,” Cummings says. That differentiating word is key to understanding how it works so effectively for our skin. “There’s a pentapeptide encapsulated in a sphere of shea butter, which is another pro-grade ingredient that’s found in the Adaptogen Mist, as well as hyaluronic acid. When you gently shake and mist the Adaptogen Soothe + Hydrate Activated Mist all over the skin, that superfine moisture hits your skin, and the shea butter melts and releases the pentapeptide to the skin to deliver that moisture and that hydration,” she says. 

The Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream was formulated with dry, sensitive skin in mind, and works to treat dry skin without causing inflammation. It’s a great deep moisture cream for all skin types. It’s formulated with shea butter, sunflower oil, and highly beneficial adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms

However you decide to add moisturizing shea butter to your skincare routine, both the Adaptogen Cream and Adaptogen Mist provide a rich, moisturizing environmental defense that keeps all skin types glowing.

Written by Sydney Clarke for Youth To The People

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