African shea butter is edible, nutritious and moisturizing, and due to its moisturizing properties it helps promote healthy skin. It is also use in medicine. Depending on the quality class, shea butter also includes vitamins C, A and E. Shea butter is used to treat dry and tough skin, cracked skin, peeling skin, mild burns and sunburn, and is also used as a shaving cream. It is also useful for preventing dry skin, especially in low-humidity conditions.
Shea butter is used for various purposes in the medical industry and studies suggest it also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to the American Shea Butter institute, class A shea butter can also be used on blemishes and wrinkles, stretch marks and other scars, dermatitis, eczema, small skin wounds and contact allergies caused by poison ivy.
The class of the shea butter is determined by how much it was processed. Class A shea butter is raw or unrefined and has a slightly nutty fragrance. It is extracted from the shea tree nut with water. Class B is refined, and class C shea butter is highly refined. The lowest classification from the American Shea Butter Institute is class F, which is a low-quality shea butter. Class A is considered Premium Shea Butter.