Ever wondered why our Fabulous Face & Eye Cream melts so readily into your skin and nurtures it from within?
One of the reasons is a wonderful soft plant butter called Shea Nilotica Butter.
The much firmer regular shea butter is part of the nourishing butter complex that helps our Lip Balm form a natural protective layer with high staying power.
Shea butter and Shea Nilotica butter both come from the African shea tree, but Shea Nilotica is
from a different subspecies. Both shea butters are harvested from nuts of the shea tree and then pressed to obtain the butters.
Shea butter and Shea Nilotica butter contain essential fatty acids such as oleic, stearic, linoleic, palmitic, linolenic and arachidic acid.
Shea Nilotica has a 25 % higher oleic acid and a 45 % lower stearic acid content. Since stearic acid is a very hard fatty acid, it’s easy to see why Shea Nilotica has a lower melting point than regular shea butter and is significantly softer and creamier.
Essential fatty acids are important building blocks of the skin renewal process, but your body can’t produce them—you need to take them in through nutrition. Applying EFAs directly to your skin is good way of nourishing your skin and ensuring proper skin function.
When you have high enough levels of these fatty acids your skin can more easily protect itself from TEWL (transepidermal water loss). You can help your skin replenish those levels more quickly by using skincare products with natural fatty acids. Added bonus: sufficiently hydrated skin looks plumper, more radiant and can heal faster.
See the difference:
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter
Shea Nilotica butter
Vitellaria Nilotica (Shea) Fruit Butter
Vitellaria paradoxa subsp. nilotica
**INCI: International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients
For more information on essential fatty acids and skin: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/essential-fatty-acids
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