Posted on 19 September 2017
Vegetable butters for skincare products
Vegetable butters are fantastic add to your skincare products. You can mix them with vegetable oils for lighter texture and make some really rich body -and facecare products. Most butters you can also use on their own, although they may feel sticky and heavy. Use them for targeted areas as an intense treatment. Mix in some essential oils for delicious scent and add them to your bath products and soaps for some luxury.
Shea butter is light coloured, soft creamy and solid material which widely used in Africa in variety of products, most commonly known product is probably black soap, which is a blend with coconut and other oils and materials. In western world Shea butter is commonly known for its use in skincare products as it is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E. These all promote collagen production in the skin, making it an anti-ageing product.
Shea butter is very rich and best used by mixing it with other oils and essential oils. It is calming to the skin and most people do not get any reaction to it. It is made from nuts of a shea tree, so if you suffer from allergies it is good to be aware of this. Some people whose skin is naturally oily may find it too rich and it may also block the pores if used too much. It can be used as an intense night recovery facial mask, try blending in some rosehip or jojoba oil and add a few drops or relaxing frankincense, spikenard or myrrh. You can also create an intense treatment for eczema or other dry skin conditions by adding other vegetable oils and essential oils. Try sunflower oil and some flower essential oils like neroli, rose or jasmine for luxurious body cream. Always try to use high quality and organic shea butter where possible for best healing affects.
Mango butter is a lovely creamy light butter made from fruit kernels of mango tree. It is a great option for shea butter which may feel too rich for oily skin. The colour is creamy white, scent is mild and texture soft. It is soothing for the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties making it great for calming a dry, itchy and irritated skin.
Mango butter contains vitamins A, C and E as well as omega oils, making it fabulous anti-ageing product. Use in face and body products to hydrate the skin. Mix with essential oils and vegetable oils for lighter textured treatment balm for stretch marks, insect bites or wounds and bruises. Mango butter also contains some protection against UV rays, so is perfectly suitable to be used in face products.
Avocado butter is made from the fruits of the avocado tree and is another great option to add to your skincare products. It is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, and K and contains fatty acids and other minerals like magnesium and iron.
It has similar benefits to mango butter and is light in colour with rich and soft texture with very mild scent. It works great for irritable skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Just like mango butter it contains some protection against UV rays so is suitable for your face products. Just like the oil avocado butter can also be used in the kitchen provided the quality is food grade.
Add some essential oils and vegetable oils for treatment balms and skincare butters. You can also use it on it’s own for targeted problem areas. Avocado butter as well as mango butter both also make fab haircare products.
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