Plant-based ingredients provide powerful nutrition for skin. One such ingredient is shea butter, which is especially good for sensitive skin.

What is Shea Butter?

Butyrospermum parkii, otherwise known as African Shea butter, is a beneficial natural ingredient that can be used for most skin types, including sensitive skin. It comes from a plant fat that is derived from shea tree nuts. The butter consists of oleic and stearic acids, palmitin, and arachidic acids. Allantoin, as well as Vitamins D, E, and A are also found in the compound. It is often compared to the antioxidants found in green tea for its anti-aging properties.

Raw vs. Refined Shea Butter

Refined shea butter is processed in order to remove the color and scent. The end result is a pure white and odorless shea butter. Many skin care companies find this type of shea butter more desirable, however, creating refined shea butter involves subjecting it to high heat which destroys some of the compounds, vitamins and other beneficial properties. 

Raw shea butter is a creamy, pale yellow color and is processed naturally. It retains its beneficial components that are wonderful for nourishing and soothing the skin. It has a thicker, sometimes chunky texture that melts quickly when applied to the skin. Raw shea butter, which is used in Abby Rose Soothe-X™ Balm, retains its natural scent giving the balm a pleasant, nutty aroma.

Benefits of Shea Butter

Shea butter can benefit the skin similarly to Sunflower oil, which is often used to relieve eczema. Due to its thick, emollient properties, it can be used to provide a natural protective barrier that helps guard against harmful elements and reduce moisture loss.

Keeping the skin properly moisturized helps maintain a healthy skin barrier which is crucial to prevention of bacteria and allergens penetrating the skin. Additionally, when the skin barrier is disrupted, conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, can present themselves.

With the moisturizing and protective properties provided by shea butter, the natural skin barrier can function better. The products in the Abby Rose Soothe X™ Collection, contain raw shea butter, which has been specifically added to help soothe, moisturize, nourish, and protect the skin. 

Shea Butter for Eczema Relief

Shea butter can penetrate the skin and enrich the deeper layers. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to provide rapid soothing relief from the burning and itching of an eczema flare-up and prevent the invasion of those elements that may trigger flare-ups.

Abby Rose Soothe-X™ Balm is a dermatologist recommended balm that contains raw shea butter. It has been clinically tested and awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Approval™. The Soothe-X™ Balm is an organic, fragrance-free moisturizer that does not contain any artificial ingredients or preservatives. The balm is safe for all ages and skin types, including babies and the most sensitive skin. For best results, the Soothe-X Balm™ should be applied while the skin is still slightly damp after bathing, showering or handwashing. This will help keep the skin stay hydrated longer and increase the skin's moisture retention while adding a protective layer over the skin. For those with extra dry skin, the shea butter-rich moisturizer may need to be applied more than once a day.

Note: The Soothe-X Balm may develop a slight graininess over time with temperature fluctuations. This is known as shea butter crystallization. The balm is still perfectly safe and effective to use. We recommend gently warming the balm in your hands before applying it to your skin. The shea butter crystals will melt immediately leaving you with all the nourishing benefits plus soft and silky skin.



Soothe-X™ Balm $22

June 19, 2023 — Heather Clark