One of the most fundamental aspects of any skincare routine is moisturizer. Most of us use regular lotions, but if you’re really looking to step up the hydration and give your skin a literal glow up, don’t sleep on the body butter! Since lotion is a mixture of water and oils versus body butter which is a mixture of butter and oils; body butter can seriously quench some thirsty skin. Let’s talk about some of the key benefits of organic body butter.
It Strengthens Your Skin Barrier
The foundation of radiant skin is a strong skin barrier. Your skin barrier helps lock in moisture and protect your skin from environmental damage. According to Web MD, many things can impact the quality of your skin barrier. These include:
- A dry or humid environment
- Hot or cold weather
- Allergens, irritants, and pollutants
- Too much sun exposure
- Hot baths or showers
- Harsh soaps or detergents
- Poor skincare
- Cuts or injuries
- Eating lots of unhealthy foods
- Over washing or exfoliating
- Certain medications, like steroids
- Mental or physical stress
- Lack of sleep
- Family history of skin conditions
- Being of certain ethnicities
So basically everything! This can easily lead to lackluster skin, at best, and more serious skin disorders, at worst. Body butter provides the intense, deep hydration your skin barrier needs to repair itself. Be sure to look for an organic body butter with shea butter which is an emollient that works by forming a layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin, according to the NHS.
Extra Protection Against UVA & UVB Rays
By now we all know that you should wear sunscreen every day. The Skin Cancer Foundation shares that “even when it’s cloudy, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth.” They also distinguish the difference between UVA and UVB rays. The former are responsible for aging, and the latter are associated with burning, both major no-nos for gorg skin.
Many of the ingredients often used in organic body butter, like avocado oil, jojoba oil and shea butter have all been shown to act as a natural sunscreen by absorbing the UV rays and preventing it from reaching your skin.[1-5] Although this is NOT a replacement for regular sunscreen use, it can definitely add an extra layer of protection and peace of mind.
On top of having natural sunscreen properties, which is a HUGE component of preventing aging— Dr. Tracy Pfeifer, MD, MS, shares that 80 percent of aging is caused by the sun—the ingredients mentioned above are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants. That means they don’t only prevent aging; they can actively help REVERSE it! Shea butter slows aging by blocking the enzymes that degrade the skin.7 Avocado oil and shea butter are also known for stimulating collagen production, one of the keys to the fountain of youth.8,9
There is obvious skin inflammation, such as burns, edema (aka swelling), eczema, and psoriasis to name a few, but most of us encounter inflammation on a regular basis even if we don’t know it. Any of the environmental factors listed above can damage your skin barrier and ultimately lead to an inflammatory response. Why does that matter? When your body senses inflammation, it sends immune cells. But counterintuitively, “immune cells are also able to damage the skin tissue in proximity to the target of the inflammatory response.
Therefore, the intensity of inflammation and the time to resolution are critical in avoiding or at least limiting damage to normal skin tissue.”10 Thankfully, organic body butter is packed with ingredients known for its anti-inflammatory properties. So, feeling stressed? Didn’t sleep well? Treated yourself to some fries with lunch? You should probably just keep some organic body butter in your bag at all times.
Heal Skin Disorders
We’ve already mentioned some skin disorders, but let’s talk specifically about the types of skin concerns that organic body butter can help address:
- Skin rashes
- Skin peeling after tanning
- Stretch marks
- Dry skin
- Keratosis pilaris
Be sure to consult your dermatologist if your skin conditions are chronic or worsen over time but providing your skin the proper moisturization and nutrients it needs to heal itself could be exactly what you need!
When Should You Use Organic Body Butter?
Okay, so you want to try to incorporate organic body butter into your skincare routine, but you’re just not sure where to start. Most dermatologists recommend applying body butter in the evenings so that your skin can really go to work repairing itself while you’re sleeping. If you really want to boost the moisture, slather on your body butter within five minutes of hopping out of the shower. That way you lock in all the moisture from your shower and don’t run the risk of it evaporating. And you’ve probably heard that the winter months are when your skin is desperate for extra love, but according to a recent study, anytime the weather is extreme, including the summer, body butters with shea butter are the best skin care because they provide the extra moisture, nutrients, and protection needed by the skin.6
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