Shea Butter Extract (Butyrospermum parkii)

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 11.17.51 AMShea butter has been used for thousands of years to restore, soothe and protect skin. As with most natural ingredients, locked deep in the ingredient there is a “secret” portion that is responsible for its healing properties. Shea butter is unique in that it has a high content of esterified triterpenes including the triterpene lupeol, which has been shown to have protease inhibiting and anti-inflammatory properties.  The shea butter used in the Viniferamine line starts out as the highest quality available. From this fundamental ingredient quality we take the bioactive lipids and concentrate them so that we are delivering only the tiny fraction of the shea butter that will provide maximum results.  Our shea butter has been scientifically studied to assure that there are beneficial effects on skin barrier properties. One factor that is considered is an increase in epidermal barrier as an indication of improved barrier function. When compared to a placebo cream, the inclusion of our bioactive shea butter increased barrier function two-fold.  Another important marker for skin renewal is increased content of dermal collagen. Once again the bioactive form of shea butter showed a significant increase over the placebo.  The combination of these two studies demonstrated that our bioactive form of shea butter more than helps reduce “visible changes” in aging skin, the ingredient improved the structural integrity of the skin for lasting protection against the effects of environmental aggression, skin aging and resulting loss of skin elasticity and firmness.


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