Having moisturized skin is a total win-win. Not only do we feel better when our skin is quenched, but we also look better. Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to radiate healthy skin? Let’s talk about how to use body butter and what it is.

What Is Body Butter?

Body butters are a richer and more nourishing alternative to body lotions. They resemble the consistency of real chilled butter.  In my opinion, all body lotions are obsolete as they just don’t have the density to be an effective barrier against water evaporation. 

Body butters are known to be more effective at hydrating and rejuvenating dry skin. They typically contain shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and/or other lipid-rich nut oils. They are much thicker than lotions, which is why you’ll find them in a jar or tube rather than a bottle.

All year round, body butters will become our skin’s best friend.

Body Butters vs Body Lotions

The thing that makes butters more effective for preventing water loss is that they literally leave a purposefully densified oil residue.  This is ideal for moist skin and exaggerates our natural barrier (acid mantle) which supports the ideal state of our skin. 

Lotions are not dense enough to achieve this and will leave a bunch of chemicals and fragrances instead while delivering very superficial and brief hydration.  Plain, even organic, cold-processed oils are too thin as well, though not contaminated with the synthetics in lotions.  Often, many people are adding essential oils to popular base oils which are astringent and this furthers their ineffectiveness.  The truth is that there are only a small handful of expensive or obscure essential oils that are not astringent and encourage hydration. Lavender is not on that list, by the way.

The outdated expectation that moisturizers must completely disappear into our skin…but somehow drastically hydrate our skin is not in line with reality.  People have been settling for mediocre hydration and a huge toxic load of chemicals instead of simply embracing a healthy lipid residue.

A well-formulated butter has the density to trap water underneath and not turn our skin into an oil slick.  Each person can decide how thin or thick they prefer their final residue amount to be.  The thicker the more effective…but we each need to find that personal sweet spot as our goldilocks amount.  Making peace with this residue will mean the world to our parched skin.

How To Use Body Butter In Your Routine

Moist body skin can easily be achieved by applying body butter immediately after a bath or shower.  

First, dry skin completely, then quickly apply body butter with dry hands gently using firm, broad strokes until it has become melted into your skin as much as possible.  Avoid excess bath water on the skin when applying as it will only weaken the much-needed density of a thick moisturizer.

Pay special attention to your knees, elbows, hands, and feet as these areas tend to be more prone to dryness than other areas on the body, meaning, they will highly benefit from a generous layer of body butter. 

Top Tips For Using Body Butter

We can use body butter at any time of the day, but the best way to make sure the moisture is locked in is to use body butter within 1-2 minutes after showering or bathing. 

Avoid using hot water in the shower as it will dry your skin out even more. Opt for warm water. 

Skin Harmonics Face & Body Butters

I created a line of Face & Body Butters that are soft, thick, and fluffy.  They are organic and immaculately clean with no weird preservatives.  Check out the Skin Harmonics Organic Repair Butters.