Winter weather can reek havoc on your skin, so try body butter to help smooth it out. Body Butter is they key to soft and silky skin. It obviously is best for dry skin, but can and should be used for any type of skin. Typically it isn’t very oily like other lotions, but rather helps lock in moisture in those dry areas. It is super easy to use – you just scoop it out of the container and rub it in to your dry skin. An ideal time to use it is after a shower when you can pair it with a body scrub to help maximize the softness. While you’re in the shower, use a body scrub to help remove dead skin. Once out, you can use the body butter around the dry areas. Heavy up in areas like elbows and knees that dry out faster than other parts of your body.
You can purchase Body Butter from any type of drug or beauty store, or you can make it! Store bought body butter could potentially be made with chemicals or questionable ingredients. So if you’re going to purchase over the counter try some of these options: Lemon + Sage body butter by Bliss, Dove’s Winter Care, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps, or Coca Body Butter by Palmer’s.
When looking for or making a Body Butter, there are two ingredients you should look for: Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. Shea Butter has a natural SPF and healing property that makes it a good choice over Cocoa Butter if you are looking for something that can also protect your skin from sun damage. On the other hand, Cocoa Butter comes from cocoa which is also used in chocolate. Therefore, you’re getting that same natural antioxidant that can also help prevent products from going bad which helps limits needs for preservatives. Another benefit is that Cocoa easily absorbs into the skin without leaving much residue due to its melting point. Both are great options.
If you decide to go down the DIY road, here’s one way to make Body Butter in a few hours from four ingredients Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and essential oil (like lavender or peppermint).
- You’ll need to first place the 1/2 cup Shea Butter, 1/4 cup Coconut Oil, and 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil in a bowl inside a saucepan filled halfway with water. Don’t fill it too much because you don’t want it to spill out of the sauce pan.
- Keep the sauce pan on medium heat while you whisk the oils together.
- Once they’ve melted and combined your mixture will change from a white color to a semi-clear color. Once this happens, put the mixture in the refrigerator for approximately an hour – you want the mixture to turn white again.
- Now that the mixture is white, use a hand mixer and beat the oils until they’re fluffy and then add 5-10 drops of the essential oil you chose.
- Then move the oil into a container you’d like to keep the butter in and refrigerate once again for about an hour.
Here’s a Lavender Body Butter that helps relax and help sore skin – this would be great if you’re sun burnt after skiing on mountain tops or an all day trip to the beach during the summer. You’ll need 4 tablespoon Coconut Oil, 1.5 teaspoon Olive Oil, 2 tablespoon Beeswax, 1 teaspoon Honey, 3 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel, 2 teaspoon Lanolin, 10 drops of essential oil (like above there are a variety of options, but let’s use lavender for the sore skin), and 1 vitamin E capsule.
- First take the coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, and honey and heat in a boiler over medium-high.
- In a separate boiler heat at medium-high the aloe vera gel until melted. Once this is melted, add it to the first step mixture of oils and beeswax mixture.
- Add the Lanolin and stir
- Once the mixture has fully melted, turn the heat to low and add the Vitamin E and lavender oil. Whip until smooth. Vitamin E helps with antioxidants and the lavender oil helps with the sore skin feel.
- Now you can pour into a container and let cool before you use it. Like the other recipe you can put it in the refrigerator to expedite the process, or you can just let it sit on your counter. The body butter will keep for approximately 6 months in room temperature, so you can keep it in your bathroom for those dry skin days!