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We’ve all been there. Maybe you took one too many hot showers or skipped the lotion one too many times -- or maybe you just had to wash your hands a thousand times a day (thanks COVID). And you suddenly found yourself with dry, flaky, ashy, or even cracking skin.
Not great, and not something that a run-of-the-mill lotion will be able to take care of quickly and effectively. That’s where body butter can come in - but it’s all about finding ingredients that will truly nourish, soothe, and replenish the skin (without making you feel like you just slathered a stick of butter all over yourself).
Here are the best body butter ingredients to look for.
A fat extracted from African shea nuts, shea butter is ultra-rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. Translation? Protection against free radicals, environmental aggressors, and a damaged skin barrier.
This combination of ingredients makes shea butter effective at:
Derived from the cacao tree (the same place we get chocolate from), cocoa butter is a naturally stabilized vegetable extract that can:
Used for centuries in Hawaii, kukui nut oil is a natural moisturizer derived from the state tree of Hawaii that’s rich in:
That’s why island natives have used kukui nut oil for glowing skin, to heal damaged skin, to treat their hair, and more. It’s even been shown to help with psoriasis, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Ok, so it’s not onlyabout the fat that’s in your body butter. You also have to pay attention to the carrier oils and other ingredients in the formula, since these can really make or break a body butter.
If you don’t want to feel greasy and oiled up, you’ll want to look for biomimetic oils -- aka oils that are super similar in composition to our own sebum, or face oil. That way, your skin can naturally soak it in without thinking it’s something foreign or strange.
Jojoba is one of those oils. It also has a ton of beneficial compounds of its own, including vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and fatty acids. These make it naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic (pain-relieving), hypoallergenic, andanti-inflammatory. Not too shabby!
Fats and oils work primarily as emollients and occlusives, sealing moisture into the skin. But if you don’t also have a humectant - which actually draws that moisture in and holds onto it - you’ll just be sealing in all your dryness. And that’s where a lot of body butters go wrong. You feel greasy and thick, but as soon as you wipe it off, the flaking is still there. As if!
That’s why you need to make sure your formula also has a great humectant like aloe vera.
In addition to its humectifying properties, aloe vera also contains:
The right body butter will have a combination of moisturizing, nourishing, and skin protecting ingredients that will leave you feeling totally hydrated, glowing, and ready to take on the day.
No gunk. No greasiness. Just good, clean beauty.
Find all of these ingredients in the expertly crafted Coco Cocoa Creme Body Butter.