What is Body Butter?
Body butter is a cosmetic butter formulation prepared from vegetable oils such as shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and/or other oils and butters to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.
Body butters come a long as effective for maintaining and improving both health and beauty of the skin.
Some body butters are fortified with oils with some special properties to make the body butters fit for other extra benefits apart from nourishing and rejuvenating the skin.
For example, oils with insect repellent properties like citronella oil, eucalyptus oil etc can be incorporated into the body butter to make them biting insects repellent like mosquitoes repellent.
Some of the oils have very pleasant fragrance that boost self confidence and make the regular use of some body butters on the skin and lips, like body shop lip balm, are highly desirable for the users.
What are the different types Of Body Butters?
You can always try different formulations until you get the perfect fit for your skin type and preferences.
Below are examples of the popular body butters:
Cocoa Body Butter,
Mango Body Butter,
Lavender body butter,
Coconut body butter,
Almond body butter,
Aloe Vera body butter.
You can get these butters as well as other herbs at Twenty First Century Herbs.
What do you use body butter for?
Even though it is a very popular cosmetics for maintaining and improving the health and beauty of the skin, there are practical ways you can use the body butter.
These include to:
clear the skin of rashes,
trap moisture and prevent quick drying of the skin and regions like the elbow,knees, neckline, lips and ankles,
remove stretch marks,
to reverse the discomfort and give comfort to the skin after exposure to the sun
keep the skin soft, supple yet firm enough to withstand the harsh weather conditions,
remove sticky make up,
lighten the skin.
What is the difference between body lotion and body butter?
They are different in terms of starting ingredients, viscosity and properties.
Lotion, like creams, are emulsions, either water in oil (w/o) or oil in water (o/w).
Their starting ingredients are oil, water and emulsifier to make sure that the immiscible oil and water do not seperate after mixing them in forming lotions.
Body butter, on the other hand, contains just shea butter combined with various oils like coconut oil and they are thicker and dense compared to lotions that flow easily.
Body butter can get denser at room temperature while lotions may remain same consistency.
Is body butter good for removing stretch marks ?
Yes!Body butters are used not only to reduce stretch marks, they are used to remove the prominent view of scars.
Their highly beneficial vitamins and fatty acids nourish and rejuvenate your skin to restore the health of the skin cells around the scar and stretch mark region and improve the skin complexion.
Do you wash off body butter?
Yes. After applying it to the body and ends of your hair strands to prevent the body and hair ends from drying while the body butter help trap water and make it shiny, at the end of the day the body butter may have trapped some dirts.
So you need to wash off with warm water to remove all the dirts and left over of the cosmetics to reapply the body butter next day.
Can I use body butter in the shower?
Massage body butter into your body and hair preferably not later than 5 minutes after every shower any time of the day; morning, afternoon or night. It helps to moisturize the skin and prevent the skin from drying while its nutrients nourishes the skin.
At night when you need to remove make-up application that are sticky and takes more intense attention to completely wash off, just apply the body butter , leave for few minutes then wash- everything is washed off easily and fast!
Are body butters better than lotions?
In a way, their benefits make them mire preferred but not necessarily better.
They stay longer on the skin and nourishes the skin cells longer because of their sticky greasy effect and more effective on the dry patches of elbow, knees, ankles and feet but this may make them heavier for the face.
Can I use body butter on my face?
Yes! Especially if your face is dry,scaly and/or have some spots or scars on the face and need to restore and improve the appearance of your face throughout the day for as long as you don’t experience darkening of the face or irritation due to allergy from some components of the body butter.
Does body butter lighten skin?
On its own as body butter with its high amount of Vitamin E, strong antioxidants, fatty acids etc and if after application, you are not exposed to much sunlight to counteract or slow down the lightening effect of the body butter by stimulating melanin( the natural skin pigment that causes skin darkening) secretion , you can experience lightening and improved beauty of your skin.
However, adding some special oils and turmeric can help improve the lightening effect of body butter and remove the dark patches on your body.
Can you use body butter as hand cream?
Yes you can use body butter as hand cream. They trap moisture for longer period than hand lotions even though hand lotions are usually thicker than body lotions.
Body lotions have healing effect on skin infections on the hand and can be applied even before manicure.
So if you are out of hand and feet lotions, you can use body butter as alternative.
What home remedy can I use to soften my hands?
Before you go to bed at night, wash your hands with hand soap, rinse with water and within 5 minutes, apply the body butter and wear handgloves to trap allow the moisturising effect of the body butter linger and reduce the escape of moisture from the skin of the hands.
Apply the hand butter after shower and during the day too. Do this for 7 days and notice the effect.
Does body butter help stretch marks?
Sometimes it is almost certain that you will experience stretch marks on your skin at some periods in life.
For example, during and after pregnancy or weight loss but you can start a regimen to prevent it soon enough by having a healthy routine that reduce the chances of having stretch marks like managing your weight within the normal Body Mass Index(BMI), eat healthy and balanced meals with adequate Vitamin C,Vitamin D and zinc then keep the body and skin well hydrated.
The body butter is a perfect solution for keeping the skin hydrated and healthy all round the clock daily.
What is the difference between body butter and body yogurt?
Body yoghurt is applied on the skin when wet and help retain the moisture of the skin and by trapping the moisture on the skin.
However, body butter is impossible with water so you need to towel dry the skin first before applying body butter.
Both products are effective as moisturisers and you can have both especially if you are experiencing severely dry skin.
What body butter is best for stretch marks?
Though all body butters are effective for managing stretch marks there are are some body butter brands specially formulated for stretch marks care and you may go for them if your priority for use of body butter is it’s benefit in managing stretch marks.
These brands of body butter are best for stretch marks:
Earth Mama Belly Butter,
Mustela Stretch Marks Cream,
Glow Organics Belly Butter,
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter,
Bio-Oil Skincare Oil,
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks,
Munchkin Milkmakers All-Natural Belly Balm.
How do you use Body Shop Body Butter?
Open the body butter container,take small portion of the body butter with one or two finger,replace the lid to cover the container, place the finger with the body butter scoop on your palm and rub together the palms together then massage the butter into your skin making circular motions.
Do not forget to massage into the usual but easily forgotten dry patches region of elbow, knees and ankles.
Can you put coconut butter in your hair?
Absolutely! You can rub body better in your hair to enjoy the benefits that the components of body butter give the hair.
So if you want to grow your hair,keep it healthy,soft and smell fresh, massage body butter in your hair daily, especially body butter formulations with coconut oil, cocoa butter and nice fragrance essential oil that nourishes,heals and soften your hair making your hair overall healthy and shiny.
Is body butter good for skin?
Body butters are excellent for the skin. They come way back as cosmetics and they are still very popular in this modern age.
They are natural and rich in nutrients that nourish the skin. They have a the ability to form a waterproof, transparent and protective physical barrier over the skin locking in skin moisture keeping it hydrated for long.
How many times a day should you moisturize your body?
Most skincare experts recommend that you apply moisturizing body butter twice a day: once in the morning and once at night although people with severely dry skin or on very dry windy period like Harmattan may need to apply body butter or shea butter more than once especially on the lips, hands and parts uncovered by clothing.
Does body butter go bad?
Yes it can go bad. Over time with frequent exposure to air and high heat, its fatty acid may go rancid and become foul-smelling though an expired body butter is not toxic to your body and would have lost its ability to hydrate the skin as thoroughly as it should.
If a product of body butter remains sealed, it should be good for up to 36 months but If after you open it and notice changes in its smell or texture before the 36 months deadline, just discard it and get another cup for use.
Is body butter good for sensitive skin?
Yes. It is naturally mild and for sensitive skin, shea butter alone or mixed with coconut oil will be just fine for a sensitive skin.
Is body butter good for baby skin.
Branded formulated body butter is not recommended for use on the skin of babies. However, you can use pure unadulterated shea butter on the skin of babies to prevent and remove rashes on their soft tender skins of babies.
In some cases, shea butter are used to dilute some topical applications for treating some skin infections in babies.
Can I put body butter on my lips?
Yes you can apply body butter made purely from natural ingredients and preservatives that are safe even if accidentally swallowed.
To take away the stress of screening which brand of body butter to buy for lip application, you can just use sheabutter-only body butter or lip balm.
How to prepare shea butter that gives pink lips.
Measure one teaspoon each of shea butter, honey and granulated sugar into an empty clean plate.
Blend to make consistent paste then apply on your lips before going to bed every night and over time, your cracked dark coloured lips give way to a smooth glowing pink lips.
Will Shea Butter darken my skin?
There is no reason the components of body butter should darken your skin complexity if it is not already dark and when you are not exposed to the sun in anyway without sunscreen.
On the contrary,the components of body butter nourishes the skin allowing it to glow and lighten naturally.
Does shea butter cause pimples?
No, except when there is regular improper washing off of the trapped dirts and fats after use or make up application.
Pimples or acne are largely caused by hormonal changes but the body butter can help quickly in restoring and healing the cells around the regions where the pimples break out.
Actually, body butter Shea soothes the skin region where acnes is developing and its anti-aging properties make skin appear smoother and reduce skin cells loss of elasticity and aging.
It is not recommended to go to bed with body butter worn all day still left on your face.
Can shea butter lighten lips?
When you apply cocoa butter or shea butter all over your dark lips and massage thoroughly for a few minutes three times daily will help restore the health of the cells of your lips, give you moisturized, nourished and bright looking lips.
This can help restore the natural complexion of the lips set bsck by aging and smoking thereby preventing cracking, drying and mask the effect of dark pigmented lips.
Does shea butter thicken hair?
Yes. It is very effective at preventing the drying of the hair ends with other hair care routines.
It supplies the hair its natural essential nutrients which nourish and protect the scalp, strengthening the hair follicles to hold hair longer and reduce hair loss while the hair grows and gain volume in a healthy way.
The anti-inflammatory qualities and fatty acids contained in Shea butter supply essential nutrients that help to treat scalp conditions and improve the overall health of the scalp.
This will, in turn, strengthen the hair follicles, reduce hair loss, and make your hair grow thicker.
Is body butter good for oily skin?
If you have an oily skin,you really don’t need the thick textured body butter so it is best to choose a light-textured organic body butter and massage into the skin light amount as body emollient.
Is shea butter better than lotion?
Shea butter is 100% natural and its very rich in antioxidants that help prevent premature aging whereas lotions are prepared from multiple ingredients raising the chance that at least finding an ingredient you may be allergic to.
In terms of application, lotions are more effective to soften the top layer of the skin, giving you a smooth outward appearance surface protection only but . Shea Butter when properly massaged into the skin soothes, nourishes and moisturizes the top layer of skin and nutrients reach down to the bottom layer of the skin.
Can shea butter make lips pink?
If you are not exposed to much sunlight, don’t smoke, and you want pink lips, then use cocoa butter or shea butter. This is an effective and natural method for lightening up the colour of the lips and pink up your lips.
Will pure shea butter clog pores?
No it does not typically clog up your skin pores because it melts as our normal body temperature is above its melting point so it sinks into the skin and traces in the pores melt through the pores rather than block the pores. So its value of 0 on the comedogenic scale is not surprising.
What are the benefits of body butter?
The benefits of Body butters to the skin include :
Acts as a skin Moisturiser. The moisture it traps help to eliminate dry, chapped skin and make the skin feel smooth and renewed.
When massaged into the skin , body butter still leaves a protective layer around and on the skin.
It reduces wrinkles and delay aging of the skin cells with its highly beneficial antioxidants like vitamin C,Vitamin E & Vitamin A.
It is very effective at preventing the appearance of stretch marks and fading scars.
It helps to soothe skin rashes, sunburn and eczema and repair the damage left behind by these infections.
Is shea butter good for wrinkles?
Shea butter is rich in beneficial antioxidants like vitamin C, E and A which help prevent sink lines and wrinkles brought on by aging and free radicals. When massaged on the skin, these nutrients sink deep into the skin and reach the base of the hair follicles and dermis to improve blood and nutrients supply to these regions to boost their rejuvenation and overall health.
Can I use body butter everyday?
Yes, you can massage body butter into your skin and hair daily or as when needed. If you have have dry skin, it is even more beneficial to incorporate daily use of body butter into your daily health routine but If you have normal or oily skin, you might use the light-textured body daily or weekly to treat dry patches on your skin.
Do you use body butter on wet or dry skin?
To get the best outcome from using body butter, apply it after your daily shower or bath after drying with towel and apply 5 minutes after.
Can shea butter tighten sagging breast?
Body butter is made largely of natural components that can firm up cells as it protects and nourishes the cells of sagging breasts with its antioxidants delivered into the region after massaging it into the skin.
It also restores the fading fatty acids depot under the skin during aging while its antioxidants protects the breast cells from premature aging.
Can I use body butter in summer?
Yes you can use body butter during the summer time but use moderate quantity especially if you will be exposed to the intense summer sunlight because the increased melanin secretion in summer can mask the lightening effect of body butter.
Is shea butter good for black skin?
Yes. Shea butter can be massaged into dark skin to nourish and rejuvenate the skin, heal skin infections, lighten and fade scars from bruises, wounds and burns. Some bleaching creams leave unpleasant discoloration especially dark knuckles that can be repaired by switching back to use of body butter on the discolored parts.
How do you use a body butter bar?
To apply a body butter bar, cut a good amount of the bar and place into your hands and rub with both hands. The body heat and the warming up of the hands in the few strokes of exercise help to quickly warm and melt the body butter bar . Then rub the molten butter onto the body part in a circular motion to the whole body or specific regions that need moisturizing and healing nourishing effect of body butter.
How do you make body butter?
Depending on your objective , you can adjust the ingredients to incorporate into your body butter.
Below is a simple recipe you can use to make your own homemade body butter:
11.0% Babassu oil,
4.0% Cocoa butter,
52.0% Shea butter.
26.8% Avocado infused oil
5.0% Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) extract in sunflower oil.
0.2% Ginger essential oil.
Convert them into weights and volume. Measure each ingredient out and mix and store in a sealed container.
How long does homemade body butter last?
If you store appprorpiately especially containers like clean amber-coloured bottles or plastic and store and keep in a cool, dark place. Your home made body butter will retain its freshness and efficacy for up to 3-6 months from the day you made it.
Does homemade body butter need a preservative?
Water is not present in the recipe and the oil has some componentin it that protects it from oxidizing at low temperatures, so you don’t need to worry if you don’t add a preservative to your home made body butter.
The choice of your essential oils, the storage condition and type of container it is stored if amber-coloured to restrain heat from light getting into your body butter,will complement each other to increase the shelf life of your body butter.
Does homemade body butter go bad?
Yes home made body butter can turn bad, get rancid, foul smelling and unable to offer the moisturising and nourishing effect of the body butter. So when you prepare your home made body butter, seal well in suitable container and appropriate locations and you don’t need to worry about not adding preservatives. Make quantities you can finish in 3 to 6 months to avoid wastage.
How do you keep body butter from hardening?
The fat in body butter makes it hard at room temperature and in cold weather but when in contact with your body which is normally at 37°C, a temperature above its melting point, the body butter melts and reaches down into the skin leaving only a transparent sheen on the skin.
Which Body Shop Body Butter is the best?
These are the best recommended body butter for you:
Biocare body butter anti-aging skin moisturizer,
Biocare Body butter ( cocoa butter and shea butter)
Soap and Glory the Righteous Butter,
Clinique’s deep comfort,
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula,
The Body Shop’s Almond Milk & Honey,
Josie Marian Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter,
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Crème de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter,
L’Occitane 100 Percent Pure Shea Butter,
Tree Hut Shea Body Butter,
Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Body Butter,
FM shea butter coconut,
Kai Body Butter.
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