Shea butter is a thick solid and creamy texture and containing around 60% fat is mostly used for its moisturising properties. It derives from the seeds of the fruit of the shea tree and could be likened to a super-food for the skin.
High in vitamins A and E shea butter can be used as a natural treatment for eczema and other conditions causing irritation of the skin. It can reduce the itching symptoms by as much as 79% and may be an ideal natural treatment for those suffering with chronic allergies of the skin.
- Reduces inflammation
When using shea butter as a cream it is said to help manage arthritis and its painful symptoms by reducing inflammation in the joints.
Application of shea butter to the site of a bite or sting will not only reduce the inflammation but is said to have some antiseptic properties, helping further with the healing process and reducing the chances of infection.
- Improves hair condition.
Containing high amounts of natural oils shea butter can reduce the appearance of split ends and the dehydration affects the sun has on your hair.
- Relieving muscle pains
Applying shea butter directly to the site of injury or muscle pain may help to relieve the associated inflammation. Historically, in Africa it is said to have been mainly used for this purpose long before it hit the western culture.
Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree and is said to have many healing properties and alternative uses. Although some of these have never been scientifically proven it doesn’t mean these natural ingredients won’t work for you.
Although argan oil has not been scientifically proven to treat skin conditions such as eczema or acne, its anti-inflammatory properties may be beneficial for those suffering with conditions such as this. It may be used to calm down the skin and reduce the pain and irritation.
- Moisturising the skin
Argan oil reduces oiliness of the skin through its sebum reducing capabilities. So for those who have naturally more oily skin this may be beneficial when used as a soap or scrub.
This is not supported by any major scientific proof and would need to be researched more however due to the anti-oxidant characteristics of argan oil it may decrease would healing times when taken in a tablet form. This could be especially useful oil for those who have a weakened immune system through either illness or harsh treatment, or for the elderly who may struggle to heal after injury.
Argan oil has a property to increase the elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce the effects of ageing on the skin, making the skin feel light.
- Reduces stretch marks
Again, this healing technique is due to the increased elasticity of the skin and can be helpful to pregnant women where stretch marks are likely to feature. Rubbing directly onto the site on the skin is the most effective way to use obtain the oils through the skin