Ivory Coast Brides Can Thank Shea Butter for Their Buttery Soft Skin

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Brides in this West African country perched on the Gulf of Guinea owe their soft, supple, age-defying skin to the “tree of life,” aka the karité nut tree, from which shea butter is derived. This all-natural, nontoxic balm is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids and cinnamic acid—a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory agent. “Shea butter is one if the most nourishing and hydrating products available,” says Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, codirector of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC. “Brides-to-be who use this will feel as soft and smooth as ‘butter.’”

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