Beautiful skin starts with proper cleansing and moisturizing. Although your facial skin has more demands than the rest of your body, it is no excuse to ignore the remaining skin. Body lotions are a great way to keep your skin moisturized. But if you have dry skin or would otherwise like to keep it well hydrated, then a body butter is a good idea. It is merely a more nutrient-intensive and thicker alternative to your regular body lotion.
If you are someone or know someone interested in making their skincare products, you would know the great freedom it gives in terms of customization. You can play around (within reason, checking for suitability) to make the product that best suits your skin according to your preferences. Doesn’t it sound great?
Another reason to turn body butter enthusiast is that it caters to multiple skincare needs. Besides being your after-shower buddy, you may use it to moisturize your facial skin as well. Its nourishing blend is the perfect product to remove your makeup. Deeply nourishing oil and butter blends heal dry patches. Whereas the right ingredients can help treat stretch marks and scars.
Let’s find out about the ingredients we are using for our body butter and what they do for your skin.
Shea butter is the ideal butter to moisturize your skin. It has a soft, trouble-free application. It is a rich source of fatty acids, such as linoleic, oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids. They get easily absorbed in your skin to restore your lipids and, as a result, your skin moisture.
The vitamins A & E help fight signs of aging and maintain youthful skin. Triterpene, a chemical that prevents collagen destruction, makes your skin look plumper. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties protect your skin. Whereas, the fatty acids control the sebum production, minimizing chances of acne.
Mango butter is another very mild, soft, slightly granular textured butter. It gets absorbed real quick. It is thoroughly nourishing thanks to fatty acids and antioxidants. And like shea butter, this one also suits all skin types. It soothes your skin, heals minor skin issues, and keeps your skin moisturized for longer.
Body butter has two vital constituents, butter, and oil. Here we are using both essential and carrier oils. We provide a range of options for you to choose from. For carrier oils, you may select anything from almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil.
Virgin coconut oil is also a good option, but then it has a bit more greasiness. Go for one that suits you, experiment a little, and find out which one is for you. The essential oils give your body butter a pleasant scent and add their skin benefits to the final product. Lavender is a favorite for many; other options include geranium or frankincense oil.
And here is the big reveal, the solution to a possible oily texture that you may not like. Adding a little bit of arrowroot flour in the oil before blending all the ingredients can help keep the oiliness in check.
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Jojoba Oil (Carrier)
Geranium Essential Oil
Melt both shea and mango butter in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
Those using arrowroot flour, whisk the carrier oil while slowly adding the flour.
Remove the melted butter from heat and blend in the carrier oil (and flour blend).
Let it cool. Refrigerate afterward (for about 30 minutes to an hour) until the body butter (in the making) gets firm.
At this point, add the essential oil. Now beat it until you get a fluffy texture. The body butter is ready now, transfer to a lid enclosed jar.
How To Use ❓
Use it after a shower to restore your skin’s moisture. Take a small amount of the body butter and massage in your skin. Apply as needed.
Even without any preservatives, the body butter will last a few months. Yet, it is good to look for signs about whether you should continue to use a product.
The recipe uses 1 % diluted essential oils. Always read the label and follow recommendations before using any essential oil (or any other item).
For best results, use the body butter while your skin is still damp. It is not likely to get absorbed otherwise and might sit on the skin surface.
Consult your dermatologist/physician before using this recipe. You may have sensitivity towards some oils.
If you are lactating or using any medicine, consult your doctor before choosing the oils for your body butter.
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