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.
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.
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.
Want to know more about body butter? Check some of the links below
Body Butter Basics
Plant butters - melting points
Make your own 2 ingredient body butter!
Whipped Freebie Butter - When Mistakes Are a Good Thing