We love all things “butter”!
What could be better if I told you that these butters won’t make you fat either! We are talking about body butters here.
Body butters are becoming increasingly popular in skin care and for a good reason. Body butters provide complete care for those of us who are looking for a simple yet effective product, that provides nourishment, shields against moisture loss and is natural.
Let’s take a look at some details to understand what body butters really are, their skin benefits and general tips on how to find and use them for well moisturized and nourished skin.
What are body butters?
As the name suggests, the body butters are creamy in texture and highly potent. They are prepared from natural sources including fruits, seeds, beans as well as leaves. For instance, Shea butter is made from the fruit of karite or shea tree while mango butter is made from the mango seed pod.
Cold pressed oil from these sources are hydrogenated and become solid at room temperature, though it will melt as you rub against your hands.
They can be great alternative to your lotions without being greasy and chemical laden. They are easily absorbed by your skin and easy to use. Body butters do not just lock moisture but also provide nourishment and help improve in certain skin conditions.
The hydrating oils along with fatty acids lock in the moisture and acts as a barrier against any moisture loss, making your skin feel soft and luxurious. It also provides great protection against pollution and harsh weather by forming a protective layer. Other benefits include wrinkle reduction, skin nourishment, relief from skin conditions and sun protection too.
One of the best reasons to use body butters is that they do not contain water or preservatives, unlike body lotion. Water in body lotion makes your skin dry, while preservatives are likely to be absorbed deeper than just skin. And not to forget butters have a longer shelf life.
Choosing the butter ideal for your skin
Since body butters are slightly heavy and highly concentrated, it is a general myth that body butters are only meant to be used in winters or on dry skin.
However, the fact is, that you need to find the body butter that suits your skin type, since different body butters have different properties. You need to read the ingredients carefully.
Keep in mind your skin conditions and lifestyle along with skin type. For example, if you have an acne prone skin, look for something with added essential oils that has antiseptic and non comedogenic properties.
If you have an oily skin, look for lighter body butters or combination of butter and oils. Shea butter is considered great for almost all skin types and has a wide range of uses from skin care and repairing to healing and moisturizing.
Mango butter, has higher levels of fatty acids, making it most suitable for dry skins. The butter is also high in antioxidants and vitamins with properties that helps, clearing blemishes, reduces wrinkles, offers relief to itchy skin, and soothes tough, rough skin. However, when mango butter is mixed with other oils, it has proven to be beneficial to all skin types.
Try Satliva’s Mango fresh face butter with lavender oil that combines the benefits of mango butter with hemp oil, moringa, beeswax along with carrot seed, lavender and tea tree oils. Or if you are rosemary oil fan, try the Satliva’s Mango fresh face butter with rosemary oil.
Jojoba butter works on all skin type providing long lasting hydration. Plus! It is great in treating skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
If you are looking for a butter to help you treat those stretch marks, Cocoa butter is a great option for combination skin types, looking for silky smooth texture along with a dose of Vitamin E. Try my favorite Cocoa Bliss Body Butter with Spearmint or Cocoa Bliss Body Butter with Peppermint with hemp oil, jojoba oil, moringa oil and bees wax along with cocoa butter for the ultra rich experience.
How to use
Since body butters are solid, you need to be rub it against your hands first, to melt it. Now gently massage the area until completely absorbed. They might require a little more effort than your regular lotion or oil, but the penetration and hydration result you get makes it totally worth it.
They are great for skin, especially areas that need deep moisture like elbows, knees, hands, legs, neck and the feet. Some butters are also great for scalp and hair.
A little goes a long way in case of butters, making it more affordable in the long run.
Hydrated, healthy and plump skin can be easy, effective and natural with body butters. Do give it a try and don’t forget to share your experience with us!
Written By Namrata Kothari, Upward Media.