Winter time is here again, and it’s time to winterize your skin. In the winter, our skin loses its natural moisture, and dry skin sets in fast. It becomes flaky and itchy.
Excessive use of department store lotions and body creams seem to not avail. So instead, many people are turning to the soothing effects of body butter.
Why Use Body Butter Rather Than Leading Lotions?
There are two main types of lotions: body lotion and body cream. The basic ingredients for each include oil and water. Even the driest of skin types will absorb the lotion or cream and become moisturized.
The main difference between the two is that the cream is much thicker than a lotion. Since the cream is thicker, it’s recommended to use in the wintertime. As each can contain greasy ingredients, neither feel greasy.
Body butter, on the other hand, is concentrated skin moisturizer. You get immediate and maximum skin hydrating and rejuvenating results with body butter. It acts as a protective layering for your skin, almost like a second skin layer.
The results are you retaining moisture longer. It’s made of all natural ingredients, such as Shea, cocoa, mango seeds, and Kukui nuts. These contain natural elements and vitamins A, C, and E the skin needs.
The Con of Body Butter is Still a Plus
The con to using body butter is that it’s so much thicker than body creams, so you will be forced to work it into your skin more. However, imagine yourself at a day spa receiving a much-needed massage for tired muscles.
5 Uses of Body Butter
- You can use it on your hands and feet and not need to worry about wiping off excess greasy amounts. Many people use it as a night cream and wear cotton gloves and socks to bed as a soothing overnight moisture treatment.
- You can use body butter to touch up those rough, dry patches on your elbows and heels. Since it’s not greasy, you won’t worry about sections of your body shining more than others.
- If you’re tired of expensive cuticle softeners and strengtheners, body butter works excellent for at-home manicures. Simply work in a tiny amount and push back your cuticles.
- After shaving, apply body butter to prevent that scaly skin feeling. You can warm it up so it penetrates deep smoothly.
- Body butter works as an excellent lip balm. It soothes chapped, dehydrated lips and prevent the harsh winter winds from cracking them.
Easy Do It Yourself Body Butter
- 2 tablespoons solid Shea butter
- 1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or almond, apricot, jojoba oil)
- 1 capsule vitamin E (1 ml)
- 6-10 drops of your favorite essential oil
- Combine the Shea butter and coconut oil in your double boiler.
- After it’s melted well, add in the olive oil. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Once the mixture is cool, add the oil from the vitamin E capsule and drops of essential oil, should you choose to add it in. This just helps with creating your own fragrance body butter.
- You can attempt to whip the butter right away to achieve a fluffy texture. It will take about ten minutes. However, after time, it will settle and solidify.
- After you’ve mixed it well, place it into your storage jar.
Here is another interesting DIY Beauty recipe that you can create at home and you can even give it as a gift to your friends and family this coming holiday season. Check out this video on how to create Bath Melts and Lotion Bars.