Nov 24, 2020 · 3 min read
Buttering up your body is a delicious way to help pack in deep hydration if your skin needs the extra grease. Plant-based butters have been used in both cooking and cosmetics since ancient times. But whether or not this rich, dense body moisturizer is right for your skin comes down to its formula — and your unique skin’s needs.
Historically, butters derived from fruits, nuts, and seeds have been used to moisturize skin. In Africa, raw shea butter was used as a body butter at least as early as 100 AD. Today, body butters are often fragranced deliciously, and can help soften skin on the hands, legs, feet.
But heavy, oily butters aren’t for everyone’s skin. Coconut oil, cocoa butter, and other oils can potentially clog pores. If you’re acne-prone, you might want to avoid applying body butters to the skin on your face, neck, and décolletage unless you know your product’s ingredients.
Want a body moisturizer with a gentle formula? These body creams are made without butters or oils that tend to clog pores.
best for extremely dry skin
with almond, sunflower, and avocado oils
with shea butter, beeswax, and lavender
soothes skin with aloe and chamomile
light citrus scent (with no added synthetic fragrance)
protects against the sun’s UV rays
with argan oil, aloe vera, and shea butter
infused with CBD
shea butter and indica help soothe skin
The main difference between a “cream” body moisturizer and a body “lotion” is the thickness. The creamier the consistency, the thicker it is — and body butters are often the richest of them all.
It’s often said that lotions have a higher water content. They can be easier to rub into the skin because of their water-like consistency. Body butters tend to “sit” on top of the skin because they’re thicker.
A thicker moisturizer might feel ultra-soothing on super dry skin. On the other hand, there are plenty of body lotions you can find at the drugstore that can have the same effect. And just an FYI, it may be best to use different skincare products for the face and body.
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