Tuesday, September 20, 2011

10 Uses For Body Butter - The Multifunctional Skin Solution

Exploring the properties of cocoa butter with different oils to make whipped body butter has been fun! I've had some great feedback from you guys, and I've also had a couple of questions. The most notable one: what is body butter good for? My immediate answer: almost everything having to do with skin care – be it face, hands, feet or body!

Win Win For Your Skin
A single product with this many uses is really a gift for your skin (and I'll bet your pocketbook won't complain much either). A body butter can be made with as little as 2 ingredients, and because it is water free, doesn't need preservatives. It does however, require a little more effort with application than a cream. You have to work it in, but if you think of this as a mini-massage, then it's really more of a benefit than a bother.

As for uses, here 10 reasons to have a pure and simple body butter around:

1. Hand Care
- For everyday use: a tiny amount will soak right in without feeling greasy
- If you have dry hands, apply a larger amount as night cream
- If you have extremely dry hands, apply a generous amount and put on cotton gloves before going to bed for an all-night moisturizing boost

2. To Soften Dry Patches
Body butter is perfect for smoothing and soothing dry, flaky elbows, heels, toes – anywhere you need an extra moisture injection. Apply a small amount at a time and gently massage in until absorbed. This is more effective than 'greasing up'.

3. Foot Care
- Daily use: apply a small amount to freshly washed feet and work in all over to keep skin supple
- Once a month: work a generous amount in after a foot soak and cover with cotton socks for an all-night moisture treatment

4. Cuticle Softener
Work a small amount into each finger/toe after washing or soaking and finish by gently pushing back cuticles

5. Eye Make-up Remover
Apply a small amount of body butter to a moistened cotton round and gently remove eye-make-up. This will not only dissolve water-proof mascara, but condition your lashes as well.

6. Face Moisturizer
For normal, dry and mature skin. This is a similar method to applying face oil. Warm the butter in your hands before application, then gently 'massage' into the face with gentle upward strokes. On the forehead, 'stroke' your palm gently across the forehead a few times. Gently 'pinch' along the jawline and finish with upward strokes on cheeks.

7. Neck and Décolletage Moisturizer
Warm a small amount of butter in your hands before application, then gently 'massage' into the neck and décolletage with upward strokes. If necessary, repeat application.

8. After Shaving Leg Balm
No more 'fish-scale' legs after shaving! Warm a dollop of butter in your hands before application, then 'massage' into the legs with long upward strokes.

9. Lip Balm
Apply as you would any lip balm.

10. Massage
Body butter is ideal for massage, creating just enough 'slide' for a comfortable massage while leaving the skin silky smooth and supple. As with other uses, warm the butter between your hands before application.

More Butter!
Want to know more about how basic a body butter can get? Here's a few posts about the development of Whipped Bare Basic Body Butter.
Whipped Freebie Butter - When Mistakes Are a Good Thing
Whipped Freebie Butter - Batch 2 Giveaway
Whipped Freebie Butter - Feedback on Batch 2
Whipped Body Butter - Batch 3 Giveaway

8 comments:

Anette said...

Jeg æææællllsker kakaosmør. Tak for gode ord.

Lise M Andersen said...

Enig Anette--- det er liiige før at man kan spise det!

Anonymous said...

nice blog!

Lise M Andersen said...

Aww thanks! Compliments are always welcome - anonymous or not!

sue said...

I need your help.I have some lovely pear glace butter,but it smells ever so slightly old. Is there a way of refreshing it with a 'natural'. It is organic .I know they perish faster. Butter is the best moisturizer for my fair irish skin. please help.

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Sue,
If your pear glacé butter smells old, it probably is. Instead of trying to save it, you might be better off either getting a new one or you might try using pure shea butter - as this seems to be the main fat-based ingredient in the pear glacé butter. It is great for sensitive skin.

Pure shea can be bought from most ingredients suppliers, some health stores etc. Are you in Ireland or the UK? Try checking out NewDirectionsuk.com . They have shea in refined, non refined, certified organic etc etc. Hope this was some help

Anonymous said...

is body butter good for face?

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Anon - In principle, yes. You might want to check the ingredients list, because there are several types of body butters (some are not purely oil/fat based and can be emulsions). It also depends a little on your skin type.