Winters can easily be tagged as a bane for people having dry and sensitive skin since the cool breeze and lack of moisture in the air, makes the skin even drier, flaky and chapped. Although a light-weight lotion can suffice the sweltering skincare needs during the summers, the colder months require extra attention and nourishment to avoid the swelling list of skin woes. Also Read: Winter Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin
Body butters are the recent fad and a thicker version of creams that are incredibly light in weight and smoothly slither onto the skin. Having the texture of a butter, that we normally eat, these skin moisturisers are generally made using butters obtained from natural herbal sources like cocoa seed, shea seed, kokum fruit, mango, etc.
Pumped with herbal butter, essential oils and other skin-enhancing ingredients, these skincare essentials help to retain the natural moisture of the skin and are extensively used for hydrating and nourishing dry skin. It is also beneficial for normal and combination skin types in extreme cold weather conditions.
Since moisturisation is crucial especially during the winter months, try whipping up your own version of these body butters right at home to part ways with dry parched skin.
DIY Body Butter Recipes
Cocoa- Lavender Body Butter
4-5 tbsp cocoa butter
2-3 tbsp almond oil
1-2 tbsp coconut oil
4-5 drops of lavender essential oil
Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler
Add both the oils into it and keep it inside the freezer for 5-6 minutes.
Use a mixer to whip the cream till it becomes fluffy.
Store it in an airtight jar to use for a week.
How It Works:
Being high on fatty acids, the butter obtained from cocoa seeds are hyped for their hydrating and nourishing properties to retain the skin moisture. Both almond and coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties, which helps prevent skin infections whereas lavender oil or essence to the recipe imparts an invigorating smell.
Lemon – Vanilla Body Butter
1 cup shea butter
1 tbsp arrowroot flour starch
1cup coconut oil
2-3 tbsp lemon oil
Few drops of vanilla essence
Melt the shea butter in a double boiler and keep it aside to cool a bit.
Separately mix the arrowroot starch, coconut oil and lemon oil in a bowl,
Add the arrowroot mixture to the melted butter and beat it properly.
Put it inside the freezer till it solidifies a bit.
Whisk in the vanilla essence until it becomes fluffy like whipped cream.
Store it in an air-tight mason jar at room temperature for future use.
How It Works:
Being one of the best emollients, shea butter promotes collagen formation and helps improve the texture of the skin. Lemon oil rich in antioxidants prevents skin ageing and other infections, whereas the addition of vanilla essence gives it a tantalising aroma. Also Read: The Brilliant Advantages Of Using Shea Butter Based Skincare Products
Mint-Green Tea Body Butter
1 cup kokum butter
½ cup almond oil
2-3 tbsp olive oil
4-5 drops of mint essential oil
5-6 drops of vitamin E oil
2-3 tbsp matcha powder
7-8 finely chopped mint leaves
Use a double boiler to melt the kokum butter and keep it aside to cool.
Use an egg beater to whisk the cool butter until it becomes frothy.
Place the whisked butter back into the freezer for 30 minutes.
Take it out and again beat the butter while adding the ingredients matcha powder, olive oil, almond oil, vitamin E oil, mint oil and leaves one by one to it.
Continue to beat the mixture for an additional 5 minutes till it has a frothy cream look.
Store it at room temperature, away from sunlight in glass jars for future use.