Are Shea Butter Good for Stretch Marks
Is Shea Butter good for stretch marks during and after pregnancy? The simple answer is yes. Shea butter stops keloid fibroblasts i.e. tissue from scarring and reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scarring. It helps your skin in healing, minimizing the appearance of stretch marks and encourages healthy cell growth to take their place.
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What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is an off- white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree (also known as Mangifolia), that grow in the semi-arid savannah regions of West and Central Africa. It contains beneficial vegetable fats that promote cell regeneration and circulation, making it a wonderful healer and rejuvenator for troubled or aging skin. It also contains natural sun-protectants. Shea butter is a triglyceride derived mainly from stearic acid and oleic acid and are widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer, salve or lotion. There are essentially two types of shea butter, raw unrefined shea butter and refined shea butter.
Unrefined shea butter (also known as raw shea butter) as the name suggest is shea butter that is not refined. Raw shea butter maintains its nutty scent, beige color and its healing properties.
Refined shea butter (also known as pure shea butter, white shea butter or deodorised shea butter) is white and odorless. Pure shea butter undergo a refining process that removes the color and scent resulting in a creamy, off-white and extremely pure product. It has a longer shelf life and is still a good moisturizer.
Benefits of Shea Butter
Shea butter, an all-natural product, has existed for several centuries. It is believed that some of the early users of shea butter were women like Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba. The shea tree grows naturally in the wild in the dry savannah belt of West Africa from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east, and onto the foothills of the Ethiopian highlands. It occurs in 21 countries across the African continent, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and Guinea.
Shea butter is mainly used in the cosmetics industry for skin- and hair-related products (lip gloss, lip stick, skin moisturizer creams and emulsions, and hair conditioners for dry and brittle hair). It is said that the high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins in shea butter makes it an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. It also possess anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.
Using Shea Butter for Stretch Marks
Stretch marks, also known as Striae or Striae distensae, are caused and created by the tearing of the skin dermis. They are most commonly associated with pregnancy when rapid weight gain causes the skin to stretch quickly. Over time they may diminish, but will not disappear completely. In pregnancy they usually form during the last trimester, and usually on the belly, but also commonly occur on the breasts, thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks; these are known as striae gravidarum.
For many women, stretch marks can negatively impact self esteem. Women will wear a one-piece bathing suit instead of a bikini which is the preferred option to hide these marks. Or long-sleeved pants and tops- depending on where the stretch marks occur.
Some people opt to have laser surgery to remove stretch-marked skin. Tummy tucks are another option, along with microdermabrasion and endermologie. All these options are expensive and come with health risks. For this reason, finding a natural alternative is highly desirable. As they always say “Prevention is better than cure”.
Although it isn’t possible to completely remove stretch marks naturally, applying raw Shea butter can diminish their appearance and help to prevent their development. Shea butter is rich in vitamin A which helps to increase skin elasticity.
If you regularly apply Shea butter across your tummy during pregnancy, it’s possible to reduce the formation of stretch marks. Vitamin A helps the skin to become more supple and better accommodate the increase in weight and stretching that occurs throughout pregnancy.
If you already have stretch marks, applying Shea butter two to three times a day can work to significantly reduce their appearance.
Where to Buy Shea Butter for Stretch Marks
Pure shea butter and raw shea butter are considered as a super food for the skin because it has both unsaturated fats and essential fatty acids. It also has vitamin E and D, phytosterols, provitamin A, allantoin and are considered to be one of the best anti-aging agents for the skin because it helps stimulate production of collagen.
Unless you have the luxury of traveling frequently to Africa to buy from the local markets , you might wish to consider getting one that is locally available. Singapore Soap is a wholesale supplier of raw shea butter and pure shea butter in Singapore, check out our shea butters at wholesaler prices below.