Skincare is an extremely important part of your daily regime. A few minutes of tender care today can save a thousand bucks tomorrow. You already know that! From dark spots to pigmentation to acne to aging, everything can be prevented with a touch of care.
A few days back, I shared the amazing benefits of using ghee in skincare. It works wonders in treating dark circles, dark knuckles, and marks and brings a radiant glow to your skin. Just dip your fingers and apply it like a lotion before bed. I hope you have tried it. Please write to me your reviews!
Today, again I bring you another marvelous yet simple Ayurvedic skin care trick – butter!
Butter is a great natural moisturizer that does miracles on dry, itchy, and scaly skin. It is a rich source of fatty acids and vitamins that hydrates and enriches the skin from deep within. Though you can apply it directly on the skin like a lotion, here are a few face pack recipes to amplify the effect.
Butter in skin care – 3 DIY Face Masks
Butter and Banana Face Mask
Butter and banana face masks bring an amazing natural glow to the skin. It moisturizes your skin, lightens dark spots, and removes hard dead skin cells.
How to apply?
- Mash one ripened banana and mix one teaspoon of melted unsalted butter to make a thick paste.
- Apply it to the face and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Wash off with lukewarm water.
Rosewater and Butter Face Mask
Rose Water and butter remove the dead skin cells leaving behind the soft tender skin with a beautiful glow. This pack helps in maintaining healthy skin.
How to Apply?
- Take 1 tsp unsalted butter and mix it with 1 tsp rosewater.
- Mix it well to form a thick paste.
- Apply it evenly and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Cucumber and Butter Face mask
Make a super cooling and hydrating natural face mask with cucumber and butter. It helps in calming redness, dryness, and itchiness. Use it often to get soft clear skin.
How to Apply?
- Grate half a cucumber and add one spoon of unsalted butter to it.
- Mix it well and apply it to your face.
- Leave it untouched for 20 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.
Butter as a moisturizer
Ditch your cosmetic moisturizer for butter. Apply a small amount around your hands, fingers, cuticles, and other dry damaged areas of your skin. Leave it on overnight and wash it off the next morning. This routine followed regularly makes skin soft and flexible, and fingernails less brittle.
It also works well for treating skin irritations, nasty rashes, redness, or inflammation. Apply it twice a day for an hour to soothe such irritations. The butter can also soothe a sore wound within a few days.
Choosing your Body butter
If you don’t like the idea of applying plain unsalted butter for its smell, then you can go for this soothing body butter. But body butter is heavier in consistency than body lotions hence it should be applied to areas on the body other than the face. Facial tissues are relatively thinner and body butter can cause break-outs and allergies.
Shea body butter – Shea body butter is an organic butter rich in cinnamic-acid esters which protect the skin against harmful sun rays and makes it smooth and glowy. This eco-friendly body butter is light in texture and is best for oily skin.
Lavender body butter – Prepared using a lavender essential oil, this body emollient is effective in preventing excessive dryness of the skin. Best suited for oily and normal skin, it is the most preferred type of body butter for massaging and moisturizing the skin.
Cocoa body butter – The healing properties of cocoa butter is very beneficial in removing stretch marks and scars. Rich in antioxidants, it is helpful in combating free radicals. Suitable for all skin types, cocoa body butter quickly absorbs into the skin.
Chocolate body butter – This is best applied before bedtime as the smell soothes the senses and the moisturizer hydrates the skin. It helps in eliminating free radicals and even toning the skin.
Mango body butter: Enriched with vitamin A, E, and beta carotene, it contains natural emollient properties, high oxidative ability, and wound healing properties. Best for intensely dry skin, it has a protective effect against UV radiation.
- Patch-check your skin for the suitability of body butter.
- When using butter in skin care take a lesser quantity than your lotion.
- If you spend more time outdoors then use an SPF protection cream.
- Butters work great on the elbows, knees, hands, legs, neck, and feet.
Butter in skin care: My ratings
Butter is a perfect natural moisturizer for your skin. It nourishes, hydrates, and moisturizes your skin giving an even tone glow. Try unsalted plain butter or add your favorite body butter to your natural skincare regime. Check that the texture suits your skin and the fragrance suits your sense.