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Institut Karité

Exeptionally soft and smooth results with natural Shea butter.

Institut Karité has made it their mission to add the benefits and power of natural shea butter to their beauty products. The creams are rich in natural shea butter, are well-tolerated and provide intense care with their luxurious texture. The trendy vintage style packaging underlines the unique quality of their products. Institut Karité is a popular cosmetic brand in France. Institut Karite Paris is internationally known because of the Shea as an ingredient in all their products. Shea (Karite nut oil) has been unique for centuries for its beauty secrets. This natural and active ingredient is in all products from the French brand because there are different skin types and skin needs. This brand offers different textures of Shea, such as butter, cream and oil. Shea is multifunctional and offers care for body, face and hair. Vitamins A, D, E and F give Institut Karite Paris products many benefits such as moisturizing, repairing, renewing, anti-aging and antioxidant.

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Through our large selection of skin care products, we have been expressing our love of shea butter for more than 15 years in an effort to help you feel amazing in your own skin. It was time to move forward and unveil our Journal, a space where we pin sincere advice, beauty routines, and inspirations. You'll get a glimpse of our vibrant and delicate universe, and we hope it will resonate with your ideas and worries about beauty.

Benefits of Shea Butter in Skincare

  1. It increases skin hydration
    Shea butter is present in a number of face moisturizers and body creams for a good reason.

    It functions as an emollient to moisturize and soften skin.
    Shea butter also shields skin from environmental harm like pollution since it includes a variety of fatty acids, including lineoleic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids. These fatty acids help to enhance the skin's natural barrier.

  2. Its anti-inflammatory qualities treat skin conditions
    Shea butter's anti-inflammatory properties make it the ideal choice to calm and nourish irritated skin.

    According to the Hong Kong Medical Journal, it's now frequently found in treatments that aid in the treatment of inflammatory skin illnesses including eczema and psoriasis as well as those designed to relieve sunburns.
    Shea butter is also believed to have a little amount of sun protection effects, but not enough to take the place of sunscreen. Even so, you could find that shea butter subtly adds moisture to your sunblock.

  3. It could treat scrapes and cuts.
    Due to its high fatty acid content, which helps to soften scar tissue and may hasten the healing process, this component is also frequently found in scar-healing treatments. According to research published in the journal Wounds, it may be especially helpful in preventing the development of keloid scars, which are the elevated, red, and rubbery type of scar. This is probably partly attributed to the emollient characteristics of the substance, like many other shea butter advantages.

  4. It helps fight breakouts
    Shea butter benefits those with acne, too! But what is shea butter good for when your skin already seems oily?

    Let's explore: When it's dry, acne-prone skin tends to overproduce sebum, which can clog pores; shea butter stops this cycle in its tracks by preventing skin from drying out in the first place. Don't worry about shea butter causing oily skin, for its part — there's no evidence for this! There is, however, limited evidence that shea tree bark is antibacterial, according to the Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology, which could translate to acne-fighting properties in shea butter. Not too shabby for just one ingredient!
  5. Antioxidants may mean anti-aging properties
    According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, shea butter also contains quite a few antioxidants, including vitamins A and E, along with many of the same ones found in green tea — a known antioxidant powerhouse. While more research is needed to prove shea butter is an anti-aging ingredient, antioxidants (especially vitamin A) have been shown to prevent free radical damage when applied to the skin.


Day after day, facial pores can become dilated. This dilation can be due to: sebum excess, accumulated impurities, pollution, …, which leads to the development of imperfections such as blackheads and spots.

How to tighten pores?

Deeply cleanse the skin. At the end of the day, it is essential to clear the skin of any impurities that may have accumulated. In particular, make-up that fills the pores and stops it from breathing. Therefore, every evening, make sure you remove your make-up and cleanse your skin.

Exfoliate. Use an exfoliating treatment once or twice a week to remove impurities and boost pores’ regeneration. Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s the best time to apply a mask because the active ingredients will be absorbed better by your skin. To learn more about exfoliation techniques, read our article: “Exfoliation and Peeling, what’s the difference?“.

Purify the skin. Use a purifying mask like a Mask. The combination of Shea Butter and White Clay, known for their remineralising and purifying properties, helps you to regain a radiant and clear skin gently. Once the skin has been cleansed, you can use a lotion that will remove the last impurities and tighten the pores.

Finally, moisturise the face with a specific care product. The moisturising step is essential for all skin types. However, you need to find the skin care product that suits you. In the case of dilated pores, which mainly concerns combination and oily skins, it is better to use a less rich texture, such as a day fluid.

Hands are the most solicited parts of our body. They are directly exposed to irritants such as cold, heat, washing, hydro-alcoholic gel, etc. They weaken the skin’s natural barrier and lead to dryness.

Hand’s skin has a different structure than other parts of the body, it contains few sebaceous glands. These glands are responsible for the production of sebum on the surface of our skin, for its hydration and for retaining moisture. As a result of their weak presence, hands skin dries out easier.

How to take care of your hands?

First of all, when washing your hands, use mild water and preferably a gentle, moisturising soap. Once washed, dry them carefully by tapping on the skin, it is preferable not to rub them to avoid damaging your skin.

The most important thing is to hydrate! After washing and throughout the day, use a moisturising product regularly, such as our Shea Butter enriched Hand creams. The size 75 mL or 30 mL, you can carry them everywhere!

For a deep care, you can apply our 100% Pure Shea Butter as a night balm by insisting on the most irritated areas. Its nourishing and repairing properties are perfect for those moments of discomfort. This care can be applied several times a week as soon as you feel the need.

Despite a complete skincare routine, blackheads keep blemishing your skin? Discover our tips to clear them and prevent their proliferation!

First and foremost, do not touch your blackheads and try to remove them with your hands. You could cause an inflammation and the emergence of real acne spots. Instead, start with a facial sauna, which uses the heat of steam to open your pores. Simply tilt your head over a bowl of boiling water and cover it with a towel for a few minutes. This will soften blackheads and make them easier to remove.

Then you can apply a white clay mask, such as our Shea Radiance Mask, to absorb excess oil and purify your skin. Anti-blackhead strips are also a solution to effectively remove them, but this is not appropriate for sensitive skin.

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