Do you know how there are literally thousands of products floating around the beauty industry that claim to give you glowing clear skin that even Rihanna would envy? You probably have at least one serum in your medicine cabinet that has a mile-long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce.
The truth is that clear skin isn’t hidden in some shiny bottle, it’s mostly found in natural products that work to protect, moisturize, and make your skin shine. I’ve got one word for you.
That’s right. Butter. Butters made from plants like shea, cocoa, and mango deserve a place in your make-up drawer. Here’s everything that you need to know about why.
Emollients for the Win
Natural butters are known as occlusive emollients, these substances are derived from fat and work as a barrier and protectant for the skin. The fat in these butters do all of the heavy lifting. They work to keep the skin moisturized by locking water into the skin preventing dryness, cracking, and other irritants.
One of the best things about natural butters is that they aren’t packed with additives like alcohol and other chemicals. You get what you ask for. You don’t need to worry about a surprise allergic reaction to some obscure ingredient.
Mango butter smells great and works even better. Early studies suggest that mango butter can be used as a possible alternative for cocoa butter, which is a huge testament to its beauty benefits. This extremely rich and smooth skin protectant will keep your skin moisturized long after application.
Shea butter is the fat of shea nut kernels. The nut closely resembles an avocado and is found in Africa. Shea butter is known for its moisturizing properties, but some of the chemicals in the kernels have also been shown to demonstrate “anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting effects.”
Many people swear by shea butter as a moisturizer, a stretch mark eraser, and a way to clear up acne. Moisturizing your skin is a great way to maintain its health, while shea butter cannot erase stretch marks they can help to protect skin’s elasticity so that it’s harder for your skin to be stretched beyond its limits.
Human beings have cultivated and used cocoa beans for centuries. Cocoa butter is the pure fat that is extracted from the cocoa plant. This fat is used to create the cocoa butter products that we know and love. It’s truly the gold standard of skin products. It does absolutely everything that you would want a moisturizer to do. The phytochemicals found in cocoa butter have anti-carcinogenic properties and help to prevent damage from the sun.
Do you have a skin butter that you swear by? Have you used the same product that your mother and her mother used? We want to know which products have stood the test of time. Let us know in the comments below what butter work for you and why!
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