Body butter is different from body lotion because the answer lies in the ingredients and composition. By definition, lotion contains water with some containing up to 70%. While we all understand that our bodies need water, we know that if we just spread water onto our skin, as it evaporates, dryness follows shortly thereafter. Lotion tries to minimize this by adding in moisturizing agents, surfactants, and other ingredients. Our skin knows the difference and all too often the lotion wears off quickly and leaving us with increasingly dry skin. Lotions also need to be “preserved” to prevent bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms from thriving in the oil and water environment. Body butter does not need the addition of preservatives, ensuring you get a more natural and chemical free product.
Body butter is a popular name for richer, more luxurious types of moisturizers. Butters can protect skin from cold weather, harsh winds and hot sun.
There are a number of women who have never used body butter and are not familiar with the fabulous uses and benefits it can offer their skin. If you have been using lotions and have not had the opportunity to try body butter, you are definitely missing out!
Daily life isn’t exactly kind to your skin. Sun, wind and environmental pollutants have an impact, no matter what climate you live in. Fifteen minutes in the sun here and there can add up over the course of the day. It seems as though your face and hands take on more than their fair share of hard times. It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of skin changes, including age spots and wrinkles, come from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Out of the many potential hazards to our bodies, the sun causes the largest amount of damage to our skin.
Some of us probably tend to treat our skin poorly at times by piling on makeup, using cleaners to remove that makeup, washing our hands with drying soaps; and the use of alcohol based sanitizers all too common today. In spite of that, we probably do care about our skin’s appearance and want to look our best. It helps to know, however, more about the things that contribute to aging skin. Some of the biggest factors in the natural aging process are the sun, the process of shaving and daily cleansing routine.
The sun’s rays can damage skin cells. Razor burns, nicks and cuts from dull razors can irritate the skin, and may lead to skin infections. Cleansers and soaps remove the natural oils that naturally moisturize the skin. Washing your face can leave it drier than when you started, and dry skin lacks the moisture needed to keep skin cells hydrated and wrinkle-free.
Body butter is a body moisturizing cream. Ours are parfait because it is whipped to provide a lighter, mousse like texture and easier application. It is designed to provide intense, long-lasting moisturizing for your skin. There are many types of body butter on the market but at Body Tonique Skin Care, we recommend our ‘Natural Shimmer’ Body Butter that is natural and free of harsh chemicals. Also the ingredients in our body butter contributes to healthy skin.
Body butter is composed primarily of oils, waxes and butters. Many of these natural compounds penetrate the surface to nourish and condition deeply within the layers of the skin. The result is skin that glows, is visibly smoother and silky soft. When included in your daily skincare regime, there simply is no comparison.
Simply stated, body butter can be used the same way you would use lotion. Body butters are designed for use all over the body. Many avoid using body butters on the face, because some companies use ingredients that are not exactly pure, the face does not respond kindly to chemical additives and heavy oils. Used daily after showering, our ‘Natural Shimmer’ Body Butter parfaits penetrates the skin, providing deep nourishment and healing, while moisturizing with pure natural botanical that your skin craves. Our body butter parfait will melt like butter, hence the term body butter, once it is applied to your skin, massage the oils into your skin. Our jars are long lasting due to the butter effect which allows a little body butter parfait to go a very long way! The butters then get to work quenching thirsty skin and leaving behind skin that is silky soft and smooth. For the best results, we recommend using our body butter parfait immediately after showering when your pores and skin are the most receptive to moisturizing and conditioning agents.
Absolutely not greasy! No one wants to walk around with heavily oiled skin. The reaction to our ‘Natural Shimmer’ Body Butter is consistent. Users are amazed that it absorbs so wonderfully.
‘Natural Shimmer’ Body Butter benefits are: Deep penetrating; ultra-moisturizing; and skin nourishing.
At Body Tonique Skin Care, we use only the best, minimally processed all natural ingredients. Skin-loving oils like Shea butter, coconut, and apricot kernel oil, just to name a few, contain omegas and fatty acids that add the touch of tender loving care your skin deserves. Our products work to revitalize, rejuvenate, recondition, hydrate and soothe skin and minor irritations.
Shea butter, which is extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree, is a rich, cream-colored substance that has natural soothing and moisturizing properties. The moisturizers present in Shea butter are some of the same moisturizers that the sebaceous glands in human skin produces.
Shea butter is full of nutrients, including vitamin A, which has many healing properties and has been known to aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis, as well as burns and even stretch marks. Shea butter is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin E, as well as polyphenols and phytonutrients. These ingredients make Shea butter an anti-inflammatory, which is why it works so well at moisturizing and soothing all types of skin; can also be found in skin and hair products.
Apricot kernel oil is good for people with sensitive skin. It is non-irritant and soothing for the skin. This oil is mainly composed of; Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, linoleic acid and oleic acid, both of which are unsaturated fats which is light and quickly makes the skin soft and smooth. Apricot oil percolates deep into the skin and is easy to apply as it quickly spreads soothing irritated skin. A massage with apricot kernel oil is good for dry, parched skin. It can also be used after a shower to seal the moisture into the skin. Since it is light, it does not feel too oily. Once it is absorbed into the skin, it provides moisture for a long time. In addition, it’s proven to reduce bumps and red marks on the skin and can be used to treat sunburn, razor burn, eczema and psoriasis. Because organic apricot kernel oil is light, gentle, mild and non-irritating, it can also be used for children and babies.
In the tropical parts of the world where coconuts are readily available and used in many ways, natives commonly spread coconut oil on their skin, as they believe that it protects from the sun’s harmful rays. This natural oil, without any chemical or additives, can protect the skin in some of the hottest and sunniest places on earth better than processed and artificial sun creams?
The question is, what makes coconut oil so beneficial for the skin? Before we can understand how coconut oil achieves all of its impressive benefits that people around the world claim, let’s look into the constituents of coconut oil and their respective properties that might make them useful for maintaining skin health.
The Consumption of Coconut Oil:
Saturated Fat. Predominantly, these saturated fats are medium chain fatty acids or triglycerides. When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on skin. When ingested through the regular consumption of coconut oil, these fats deposit under the skin, thus keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone and reducing the appearance of the pores.
Capric /Caprylic/Lauric Acid: These are not very different from the medium chain fatty acids, but it is still important to mention them separately here, since they have their own contributions. These three fatty acids have strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. As a result, when applied on the skin, coconut oil protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds or even enter the body through the pores. This microbial action can be experienced even if coconut oil is taken internally, as the fatty acids boost the immunity when converted to mono caprins and mono laurins.
Furthermore, capric, caprylic, and lauric acids are easily broken down chains of fatty acids, meaning that they contribute to usable energy in a quick and efficient way. This can be a major boost to your energy levels before a workout, which is why these powerful acids have also been linked to weight loss and management. Losing weight is a good way to improve the quality of your skin by reducing excess fat, stretch marks, and folds in the skin which can be unattractive. Having a healthy, toned body means that the skin maintains its tight grip around the muscles and bones.
Vitamin-E: The contributions of vitamin-E towards skin care are well known. It is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear and tear and keeping it smooth and protecting against cracking. Above all, it prevents premature aging and wrinkling, since it has good antioxidant properties. 100 grams of coconut oil has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E, thus enhancing its skin-nourishing properties.
If you have extremely damaged and dry skin, we recommend using our body butter parfait daily for 10-14 days to help recondition and soften your skin. Although you will notice the difference immediately, using our products over time provide you with ongoing skin nourishment.
For a few precious moments, we can make pampering ourselves feel like royalty, from bubble baths to hand massages. Life’s little luxuries, even better than those luxuries are also other benefits to our body and health. Body butter can be categorized as one of those little gems. Our body butter offers many more uses than just smoothing and nourishing our skin, (making it smell lovely), and we can prove it.
Here are some of the many wonders of ‘Natural Shimmer’ Body Butter: It is a mega moisturizer, because it is thicker than standard moisturizers. Body butter is awesome at softening dry patches, such as those found on the knuckles, elbows, heels and knees.
Your hands, nails and cuticles will especially love you for using body butter to soften them. Depending on the dryness level, use a little each day or use as a nighttime treatment.
For an ultra hydrating treatment on neglected areas like the neck and delicate décolletage. Warm a small amount of the butter between your palms and massage it from your upper chest toward your neck, using upward strokes. Why? Downward strokes will drag the skin, while moving upward will help circulation.
Great as a callus eliminator! Give those pesky calluses the boot with the help of body butter. Massage our ‘Natural Shimmer’ Body Butter into your feet before bed at night and wear cotton socks to bed. Voila! You’ll wake up to smooth and gorgeous feet!
Try body butter to revitalize your hair, it can help give dry, stressed hair a much-needed pick-me-up. Apply a small amount to your strands, massage it well, and then style as usual; just a little will go a long way to revitalize your hair.
While restoring the skin to its former non-stretched and scar less self is nearly impossible, body butter can visibly reduce the appearance of these scars and stretch marks. It is a solution that works to heal the skin and help it regenerate.
It is also an awesome after shave. We all at one time, have suffered from dry, scaly, post-shave skin. Haven’t we? Instead of messy oils and lotions, warm a dollop of body butter between your palms and massage it from the ankles to the knees using upward strokes. Your skin will be smooth and silky and your legs will feel invigorated. Men also greatly enjoy the soothing relief after shaving their face.
Body Butter can also be used as a makeup remover to dissolve waterproof mascara. Moisten a cotton pad and apply a little body butter to it to remove your makeup, it won’t burn your eyes. We recommend you remove contacts lenses while cleansing your eye area with body butter or other cleansers.
Why bother with moisturizers at all?
Moisturizers are designed to make the outer layer of your skin softer and more elastic by increasing the hydration level of your skin. The general rule when using a moisturizer is that it should make your skin feel softer, smoother and refreshed. Some moisturizers are designed to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells, but if they leave your skin red, dry or itching, it’s time to toss it out and find another brand with gentler ingredients.
Moisturizers should reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A product claiming to reduce the appearance of wrinkles means that it will make them less visible, but it won’t erase them forever. They hydrate your skin cells, but they won’t make your fat cells multiply and rejuvenate. As you age, your skin gets thinner and fat deposits are lost, especially around your eyes, neck and cheeks. Use of a good moisturizer can decelerate the aging process, so when fine lines and wrinkles do appear, they are less visible. Once you stop using your daily moisturizer, however, your skin will go back to its previous appearance.
Just because your skin is looking better, that doesn’t mean you should apply double the dose for extra moisturizing power. It was designed for use based on the concentration of its ingredients inside which too much can leave your skin irritated. The goal is to lock in your skin’s natural moisture levels, not create a film on your skin that can clog your pores.