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Shea butter for buttock enlargement: Fact or fiction?

Shea butter continues to captivate. Its natural, nourishing, and restorative properties provide numerous benefits for the skin. It is also credited with unsuspected volumizing virtues on the buttocks. But what is the reality?

Published May 4, 2023, updated on January 29, 2024, by Manon, Scientific Editor — 2 min read

Volumizing treatments for enhancing the buttocks: what are they?

Recently, formulas known as "volumizing" have been flooding the market. They are generally offered in the form of a cream, but other galenic forms may exist. These treatments are intended for specific use on the chest, cheekbones, lips, or buttocks.

Their effectiveness is based on the presence of phytoestrogens. These are non-steroidal compounds found in several plants, sharing similar structures with the estrogens, which are capable of binding to their receptors. These volumizing treatments would also contain compounds that help stimulate adipose growth, such as fenugreek or anemarrhena root.

Generally, these volumizing treatments are not effective solutions for increasing the volume of a body area. Indeed, phytoestrogens are not human estrogens and they have no influence on our receptors and therefore on our own estrogen production.

Shea Butter: A Natural Alternative for Enhancing Buttock Volume?

To date, no scientific study has proven the "volumizing" powers of shea butter, it does not constitute an effective solution for enlarging your buttocks. However, frequent application of shea butter can improve the appearance of the skin by making it firmer. Thus, it is impossible through a treatment or a botanical ingredient to have an influence on fat storage in the buttocks.


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