Struggling with dry skin? Shea butter could be the answer. We take a look at the moisturizing benefits of this intensely hydrating ingredient.
How Do Moisturizers Help Dry Skin?
When looking to give skin a boost of long-lasting hydration, it’s important to know the difference between the various kinds of moisturizers on the market. As a general rule, skin experts distinguish between two main types of hydrators: emollients and humectants. Simply put, while emollients cover the skin with a protective layer, humectant ingredients attract and bind themselves to water molecules.
What Is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a great emollient moisturizer and is rich in antioxidants.1 Its rich moisturizing texture makes it a popular choice for body moisturizers and is generally good for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Not only is shea butter an effective moisturizer, it has been linked with a number of topical skincare benefits, including improving skin softness and dryness.
1 Del Rosso, J. "Repair and Maintenance of the Epidermal Barrier in Patients Diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis", in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology 4.6 (2011) pp. 45-55 [Accessible at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140899/]