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In which products can we find shea butter?

Derived through mechanical pressure from shea nuts, shea butter is an ingredient with multiple properties. Hydrating, nourishing, and repairing, it is a companion for all skin and hair types. Discover in which treatments you can find it.

Published April 24, 2023, updated on January 29, 2024, by Manon, Scientific Editor — 9 min read

The benefits of shea butter.

Shea butter is a plant-based fat that is solid in consistency and slightly beige in color. It is primarily composed of fatty acids, including monounsaturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and saturated fatty acids. Its composition also includes vitamins, terpenic alcohols, phytosterols, etc.

This diversity of constituents is the source of the benefits of shea butter. Indeed, fatty acids play the role of moisturizing and nourishing agents. When used topically, they restore the hydrolipidic film in order to protect the skin and prevent dehydration. As a result, the skin becomes softer and more supple. This property is also beneficial for hair, considering that it needs nutritional input to maintain its suppleness and shine.

The presence of vitamins A, E, and D in the composition of shea butter also endows it with anti-inflammatory properties. This ingredient is thus used to soothe skin conditions and scalp disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis. Acting on cellular regeneration, it repairs tissues and speeds up the wound healing process. These phenomena help to fade acne scars and stretch marks.

In which skincare products can one find shea butter?

Thanks to its numerous properties, shea butter has become a popular ingredient in the formulation of skincare products. Whether it's for facial skin, body skin, or even hair, shea butter finds its place in various types of care. 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.

  • Care nourishing for dry skin.

    Rich in fatty acids, the shea butter contributes to skin hydration by strengthening the protective barrier, which is itself composed of fatty acids. Linoleic acid and oleic acid allow it to be easily absorbed by the epidermis. Its high content of triglycerides and unsaponifiables gives it a great reparative power.

  • Beard care.

    Shea butter can be found in beard balms to nourish the hair and achieve a silky beard. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be included in the formulation of after-shave care. After shaving, the skin is reddened, dehydrated, and may experience itching. Shea butter will help soothe the skin and deeply nourish it.

  • Eye contour care.

    Thanks to its moisturizing and nourishing properties, shea butter is used to nourish the eye contour and reduce dark circles. In the case of pigmented dark circles, shea butter has an inhibitory activity on melanogenesis and could be a solution to the natural overproduction of melanin.

  • Makeup removal care.

    Shea butter contains a large number of lipid active ingredients that allow it to gently remove makeup from the skin and nourish it. This type of makeup remover is perfectly suitable for dry skin.

  • Sun Protection Care.

    Shea butter can be found in creams and sun mists. The terpenic alcohols it contains have a strong absorption of UV rays between 250 and 300 nm. When added to a sun protection product, they synergistically increase the absorption of UVB rays. Thus, it acts as an SPF boosting compound.

  • Nail care.

    Shea butter helps to moisturize the nails and care for the cuticles. It also serves as an excellent strengthener and softener for the nails.

  • Lip care.

    Thanks to its nourishing properties, shea butter helps to nourish and protect the lips on a daily basis. It forms a barrier that protects the lips from external aggressions and retains moisture.

  • Hair Care.

    Rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, shea butter aids in repairing weakened hair. Hair follicles have vitamin D receptors, VDR (Vitamin D Receptor), which play a role in hair renewal and growth. Additionally, shea butter is rich in fatty acids. It penetrates deeply into the hair fiber, making it soft and shiny. It is used in the composition of shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks.

  • Anti-cellulite treatments.

    Combined with essential oils, shea butter is often found in the composition of anti-cellulite treatments. It helps to soften, hydrate, and smooth the skin. The chosen essential oils stimulate blood circulation and combat water retention.

  • Skincare to prevent and reduce stretch marks.

    Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter can act through the NF-kB signaling pathway to reduce the redness of new stretch marks and alleviate itching. The triterpenes contained in shea butter contribute to cell renewal and collagen protection to prevent it from breaking. Moreover, it can enhance the SPF index of a sunscreen to prevent darkening of stretch marks.

In which Typology products can you find shea butter?

Typology offers various treatments containing shea butter (INCI: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter), to be used either daily or periodically.

  • Thenourishing face creamwithhyaluronic acid (INCI: Sodium Hyaluronate) and shea butter. Rich in moisturizing agents, this treatment soothes feelings of tightness and softens the skin. This cream is used morning and evening on a previously cleansed face. To allow the active ingredients to penetrate, apply the treatment by massaging in circular motions. It is particularly suitable for dry, normal, and combination skin types.

  • Thefirming night maskwithorganic prickly pear oil (INCI: Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil) nourishes and regenerates the skin. Shea butter, on the other hand, hydrates, softens, and restores elasticity to the skin. This mask should be used once or twice a week by applying a semi-thick layer to the face and letting it rest for 15 minutes. It can also be used as a night treatment by applying the mask in a thin layer.

  • The 9-ingredient lip balm reduces feelings of tightness and dryness. Shea butter, with its anti-inflammatory and nourishing properties, protects the lips from skin dryness. Apply a dab of the lip balm on your finger and then gently massage the lips several times a day.

  • The stretch mark gel-in-oil with baobab oil (INCI: Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil) prevents and reduces the appearance of stretch marks. The shea butter it contains helps to nourish and protect the skin. This treatment should be applied to dry, clean skin by massaging in a circular motion on the affected area.

  • Our cold-process soap cleansers are enriched with shea butter. The hydrating cleansing care with palmarosa (INCI: Cymbogogon Martini Oil) hydrates the face and body and is suitable for all skin types, particularly for dehydrated skin. The balancing cleansing care with nettle (INCI: Urtica Dioica Leaf Powder) effectively cleanses the skin gently without causing irritation.


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