All About Body Butters
Winter’s knocking at our doors, and I am sure you can feel your skin turning slightly rough. Why not pamper your pores with lavish body butter? Luscious and wonderfully hydrating, they will protect you from the dryness that the cold months bring.
Here’s a little primer on body butters and what they can do for you:
What are body butters?
They are rich, thick moisturizers designed to be applied to the whole body. Most of them have a seed or nut oil base. Body butters are thicker and richer than lotions, so they have a more luxurious feel.
How do they help?
Body butters form a protective barrier over the skin to avoid moisture loss. Good quality body butters contain antioxidants, beta carotene, Vitamin A , E and F, all of which are nourishing for the skin. Regular use can keep skin looking younger longer.
When should you use them?
When the weather is cold and dry and the trees shed their leaves and the skin feels like chalk… you get the idea. To avoid cracked heels in deep winter, I like to soak my feet in warm water, and after wiping them dry, slather them with rich body butter. I then slide into warm socks, and by the morning, my skin is baby-soft!
Another great use for body butters is to use them for self-massage. Rub a generous amount between your palms and apply all over legs, arms and neck. Your skin will look and feel youthful, and you’ll feel your nerves relax!
How are body butters made?
The emollient seed and nut oils extracted from, say, mango or apricot, form the base of a body butter blend. The seed or nut kernels are ground and cold-pressed, and the remaining mixture is cooked till the fats and oils are released. I suggest you buy organic body butter–plenty of options on the shelves! If you’d like to try making your own, you can. I found a simple and wonderful recipe here: How to Make Body Butter
The Best Body Butters
The high concentration of essential fatty acids and vitamins in these butters makes them the stars of the body butter galaxy. Another notable mention: kukui butter, which comes from Hawaii’s state tree and has been used for centuries to pamper parched skin.
Take Care: Body butters can sometimes clog oily skin. Also, if you’re allergic to nuts, some butters may not be right for you.
Help Your Butter Work Better
Exfoliate before you slather on the butter. Otherwise, the clogged pores will only get further smothered with the richness of body butter. Choose an efficient scrub containing ground-up walnut shells or apricot seeds, and follow up with a skin-pleasing, fragrant butter.