The harsh dry winter winds, combined with the indoor heat and friction from woolens, can draw away your skin's natural moisture, leaving it dry and irritated. While you may be pampering your skin with moisturizers, your skin may require a little more.
A thin body lotion may not be enough when the winters are especially harsh or you have dry skin. You'll need an ultra-hydrating body butter that melts into your skin, fights dryness, and keeps your skin soft and supple throughout the season.
But what exactly is body butter, and why is it essential for winter skincare?
Body butter is a moisturizing cream made from natural ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, kokum butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, and so on. These are derived from the nuts or seeds of the corresponding trees. Body butter is thicker and richer than body lotions and keeps your skin supple, silky, and youthful.
What are the benefits of body butter?
- It moisturizes the skin.
Body butter is an emollient that nourishes your skin from the inside out. While body lotion's effect may wash off after a few hours, leaving your skin dry and rough, body butter stays on your skin longer and softens the dry skin layers to make it smooth.
- Keeps dryness at bay.
Body butter creates a protective layer on your skin that seals in moisture. It shields the skin from the elements and keeps it from becoming dry and irritated.
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Using body butter can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and slow the signs of skin aging. It penetrates the skin deeply and rejuvenates it, revealing a younger appearance. Body butter's thick consistency softens your skin and is ideal for dry skincare in the winter.
- It smoothes out dry patches.
You're sick of having rough patches on your knees, elbows, and feet. Consider using body butter. Body butter is more creamy and nourishing than thin body lotions, which may not reduce rough patches. Apply body butter right after the shower while your skin is damp. Body butter's moisturizing properties can reduce the appearance and leave you with soft and supple skin.
- Excellent for hands and feet.
Don't want to spend money on hand or foot cream? Instead, use body butter. Body butter can nourish the hands, including the nails, and treat foot dryness. It penetrates the skin to nourish the skin layers adequately. It softens your hands and cuticles and smoothes cracked feet.
Because the primary purpose of body butter is to nourish your skin, the best time to apply body butter is when your skin is damp. So, as soon as you get out of the bath, pat your skin dry, take a scoop of body butter in your palms, and gently massage it all over your body until it is absorbed.
Pay special attention to rough patches and ensure it’s moist. If your skin is dry or irritated during the winter, apply a moisturizer first, followed by a body butter cream. As previously stated, you can use it as a thick cream for rough and dry skin patches such as the elbow, heel, and knees.