When you do a simple Google search with the term “dry skin care,” you will be surprised by just how much advice you will get. The internet is filled with information on dry skin care. However, the recurring theme is the use of Shea butter and Coconut oil.
On this article, I will attempt to decipher through all that information by comparing and contrasting between Shea butter vs Coconut oil with the aim of establishing which the BEST is when it comes to dry skin care.
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Shea butter and Coconut oil have many benefits and uses; mainly processed for use in the cosmetic industry for skin care and hair care.
According to Wikipedia, Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. It is off-white in color.
Key Components of Raw Shea Butter
The BEST Shea butter commonly used in skin care is the “raw or unrefined” commonly known as grade A because it is extracted using water without added chemicals or preservatives.
Shea butter contains high amounts of saturated fatty acids compared to other plant-sourced lipids.
Shea butter contains essential vitamins A and E. Its constituent components include 40-60 per cent Oleic acid, 20-50 per cent stearic acid, 3-11 percent linoleic acid, and smaller quantities of palmitic and arachidic acid (source: Wikipedia)
Shea butter does not liquefy in room temperatures but absorbs quickly when applied to the skin.
Shea Butter: 5 Common Skin Uses
- As a body lotion
- As a skin conditioning agent
- Anti-ageing and moisturizing agent
- As a Sunburn
- Restores skin elasticity
Benefits of Topical Use of Shea Butter
Raw Shea butter contains ingredients that act as a great skin moisturizer, by providing hydration leaving dry skin nourished with a nice glow.
2. Relieves Dry Skin
Sunny summers and cold windy winters aren’t great for the skin. In fact, they leave the skin dried up and sometimes itchy. Shea butter moisturizing qualities penetrates through the skin protecting and preventing the skin from the adverse effects dryness.
3. Skin Smoothening
Shea butter facilitates in the production of collagen; a protein that is essential in replacing dead skin cells hence protecting the skin from drying up by regenerating new cells the effect being a smooth, soft skin.
Coconut oil is extracted from the “meat” of mature coconut harvested from the coconut palm tree.
Key Components of Coconut Oil (1)
Coconut oil has a high saturated fat content.
Its chemical components include Vitamin E, fatty acids and other suspensions
Its fatty acid distribution is as follows
- 45-52 per cent of lauric acid,
- 16-21 per cent of myristic acid,
- 5-10 per cent of caprylic acid,
- 7-10 per cent of palmitic acid,
- 4-8 per cent of capric acid and a host of other saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids in smaller quantities.
There are two common types of coconut oil, refined and unrefined (organic). Refined coconut oil is recommended for external use.
Coconut Oil: 5 Common Skin Uses
- As a body lotion
- Sunburn remedy
- Massage oil
- Stretch mark reducer
- Wrinkle reducer
Benefits of Using Coconut Oil for Dry Skin Care
These are just some of the many benefits of using Coconut oil for dry skin care
1. Skin Moisturizer and Nourishment
Coconut oil absorbs quickly making it beneficial as a natural skin moisturizer. If you experience a dry skin, you might want to consider applying a small quantity of coconut oil to your washed face and let it soak in for five minutes then wipe it out. After a while of doing this, I noticed a big difference my skin became moist and nourished.
2. Skin Softener and Smoother
If your face and hands are constantly dry, consider carrying a bottle of coconut oil. Whenever you feel dryness on your hands or any other part of your body apply a small quantity of coconut oil on your palm rub your hands against each other and apply it to the part of the body that feels dry.
If you have exposed your body to the harmful effect of the sun then you know just how dire the effects are-sunburns. To prevent premature ageing and possible wrinkles apply coconut oil to the area affected by the sunburn. Duration of application will depend with severity of the sunburn.
Final Verdict: Shea butter Vs Coconut oil - Which is Better
As we’ve clearly highlighted Shea butter and Coconut oil have tremendous benefits when it comes to dry skin. Choosing one over the other is a matter of personal preference and especially reaction with the skin.
Different skin types will react differently to either, but to maintain a healthy smooth, soft and nourished skin you must surely add either or both to your skin care arsenal.