The Moisturizing Power of Shea Butter


Shea is known for its powerful and moisturizing properties. Discover what makes shea oil and shea butter such beauty essentials.


Nothing beats the silky smooth feeling that shea butter gives to your skin -- but where does it come from? 

An integral part of West African culture

Shea oil and butter both originate from the shea nut trees of West Africa. These trees are scattered throughout the wooded savanna and their nuts have been used for centuries to create the intensively moisturising formula of shea butter. This practice has become a fundamental part of the economy in some of the poorest areas and helped to sustain the communities that live there. It is usually prepared without the use of chemicals or preservatives using cold press methods.

Shea oil vs. Shea butter

Both shea oil and shea butter offer wonderful benefits for a rejuvenated look of skin, but their difference in texture makes them unique. With its thinner consistency, shea oil softens the skin, whilst shea butter locks in moisture.

What is shea butter used for?

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Shea butter for skin

Do you tend to suffer from extra dry skin during the cold months? Shea butter is a powerful hydration ingredient. A key ingredient of our Smooth Body Lotion, simply apply all over the body for that silky skin feeling.

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Shea butter for face

Who knew that such a simple ingredient could have such powerful properties? Products like NIVEA Essentials 24H Moisture Boost + Nourish Day Cream, enriched with shea butter, brighten the complexion and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Now that is something to smile about!

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Shea butter for nails

Make dry and brittle cuticles a thing of the past! NIVEA Smooth Care Hand Cream with shea butter can be gently massaged into your nails before bedtime - and you’ll wake up with softened, beautiful cuticles.

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Shea butter for lips

No need to endure uncomfortable dry and cracked lips. Delight your lips with NIVEA Lip Care products, made with shea butter for truly kissable lips.

Try the moisturizing power of shea


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