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Are There Any Dangers to Using Shea Butter in Cosmetics?

Shea butter is obtained by pressing the kernels of the shea fruit. Rich in fatty acids and trace elements, it has many benefits for the skin and hair. Shea butter is well tolerated by all skin types and has no undesirable effects, with a few exceptions. Find out more below.

What Are the Side Effects of Shea Butter?

Moisturizing, regenerating, softening and antioxidant-rich, shea butter nourishes the skin and hair fibers. In fact, it moisturizes the skin in depth and strengthens the skin barrier against external aggressions. It is thus a treatment for dry, mature skins, with atopic tendency. It is also present in various types of care, whether in the form of lotion, cream or mask.

There are no known dangers in the standard cosmetic use of shea butter. Pregnant women and young children can use it. It is considered by the international committee of experts as a safe cosmetic ingredient that can be used up to a concentration of 60% in the finished product, without any particular toxic risk.

Despite its many virtues, shea butter contains an allergenic agent: latex. This substance can cause undesirable effects on the subjects suffering from cutaneous and respiratory allergies. The effects can vary according to the degree of tolerance, the quantity applied and the time of application. Latex intolerance often presents as skin irritation, resulting in redness, swelling or itching. In the case of severe intolerance, the skin use of a latex-containing product can cause contact eczema.

What Are the Precautions To Take?

It should be noted that there is no treatment to eradicate allergies. In the event of undesirable effects, stop the use of the care and rinse thoroughly with water. In order to know if you are tolerant or not to the shea butter, apply a small quantity of the care in the fold of the inner elbow 48 hours beforehand. If you notice irritation, tingling or itching, it means that you can't tolerate the treatment. Otherwise, it is always necessary to follow the instructions given by the producer to avoid adverse reactions.

In addition, it is advisable to choose pure shea butter over refined shea butter, as this treatment uses substances that can irritate the skin. Refining can also denature the constituents of shea butter and influence its benefits. Moreover, shea butter protects you against UV rays, but does not replace the action of sun creams. Therefore, apply a sunscreen of type SPF30 for any prolonged exposure to the sun.

Ingredients Not To Use With Shea Butter

Even if shea butter is non-comedogenic, it remains greasy. The association of shea butter with a comedogenic oil is to be avoided, at the risk of obstructing the pores. It is in particular the case of coconut oil and wheat germ oil.


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