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Everyone hates dry skin and its related troubles like itching and peeling of skin. DIY all-natural body butter for dry skin is the effective remedy to opt. Its cheap and does not contain any harmful chemicals.
When I was a teenager, I saw a TV commercial for a lotion in which woman scratched the word “dry” onto her hand to illustrate how dry her skin was. Watching that TV commercial, I believed that its the perfect lotion for my dry skin. But after some years my skin starts to get drier than before.
After searching a lot on the internet, I knew that the many commercial body butter and lotions contain harmful chemicals which can harm our skin in long run. So, I switched to natural remedy and made my own body butter which helps my skin soft and hydrated.
Let’s see how can we make a great body butter for dry skin and its benefits.
Benefits Of Intense Moisturizing Body Butter For Dry Skin
This body butter is made of highly effective natural ingredients and their benefits are-
- Shea Butter has shown to be a superb moisturizer.
- It has vitamin A which is very important for many skin conditions including wrinkles, acne, blemishes, and eczema.
- It gets deeply absorbed by the skin and hydrates the skin.
- Shea butter has several derivatives of cinnamic acid that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties too.
- Vitamin E found in shea butter is a powerfully regenerative, fat-soluble antioxidant. When applied to the skin, vitamin E helps in a number of ways, not the least of which being the prevention and softening of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as providing relief from dryness.
- Vitamin E helps to bring the softness back into a rough and leathery complexion.
- Cocoa butter works great to moisturize deep down to keep skin soft and supple. Its thick consistency makes it ideal for keeping skin moisturized in winter. It is also perfect for areas prone to especially dry, rough skin like the elbows, knees, and heels.
- It’s a great source of natural antioxidants that are found in cocoa beans. Saturated fats are especially beneficial for healing dry, cracked skin because they’re easily absorbed and remain on the skin for hours.
- It contains compounds called cocoa mass polyphenols, which can help diminish signs of aging, plus soothe sensitive skin suffering from dermatitis or rashes.
- It has the saturated fats that help the skin stay moisturized, with the fat preventing moisture loss through the skin’s pores. These fats give the skin a healthy, smooth and even tone.
- It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, it can penetrate the skin better than other oils. Coconut oil can also help soothe inflamed skin, reduce redness and rehydrate skin.
- Calendula oil is a wonderful ingredient to include in dry, eczema and dermatitis skin care formulas because it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce the swelling and the desire to scratch these areas.
- It is also renowned for its antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties making it useful for treating chapped or chafed skin. It stimulates the production of collagen which assists in the healing process.
- Lavender oil has many benefits on skin because of its antimicrobial and antioxidant characteristics. It soothes and nourishes the skin—treating acne, healing dry and rough skin, soothes itchy skin and reducing the appearance of dark spots and scars.
- It encourages the formation of healthy skin cells and is effective against dry skin, acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, eczema and a host of other inflammatory conditions.
Vitamin E Oil
- Vitamin E oil treats dry skin by supporting new skin cell growth and speeding up cell regeneration.
- It also prevents and repairs the free radical damage. When applied topically to the skin, it helps to lighten scars and smooth the rough skin by lubricating cell membranes and encouraging cell regeneration.
Procedure for Body Butter For Dry Skin
- ¼ cup raw shea butter (buy from here)
- ¼ cup raw cocoa butter (buy from here)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil (buy from here)
- 1 tablespoon calendula oil (buy from here)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin e oil (buy from here)
- 15-20 drops of lavender essential oil (buy from here)
- Take coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl and melt the oils using a double boiler.
- Remove from heat once melted and let the mixture cool until it’s opaque (to speed this is you can put it in the fridge, but don’t let it solidify completely).
- Next, it’s time to whip the melted oils into body butter. If you are using a hand mixer, add the all the ingredients including melted oils, calendula, vitamin e, and lavender essential to the bowl. If you’re using a stand mixer, add all the ingredients and the melted oils to the stand mixer bowl.
- Whip until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is light and fluffy – about 5-7 minutes.
- You’re finished whipping when the body butter can stick to a spoon when held upside-down.
- Transfer to a small glass container or jar and store in a cool place.
- Apply it whenever needed.
2. If you want to make body butter in large quantity, you can use NeoDefend preservative to store it for a longer period. A preservative is very important in recipes if you want to make the lotion or butter to stay for a longer period because it can form mold and bacteria. NeoDefend is very gentle for the skin, unlike typical preservatives. It is non-GMO and certified organic. Each recipe only takes a tiny bit, a little bit goes a long way.
Melody CDecember 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Hello! Where can i find NeoDefend preservative? Thank you!
MamtaJanuary 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm
You can buy online from here – http://www.lotioncrafter.com/neodefend.html
AnnemarieJanuary 2, 2018 at 7:54 am
Hi could you please tell me how much neoDefend you would put in the above recipe…thank you Annemarie
MamtaJanuary 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm
Use 1/2 teaspoon of NeoDefend. It will last for 3-5 months.
Karen CampbellFebruary 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm
What color is opaque in cooled down Shea butter and coco butter supposed to be – like a whitish color? I cooled it down in the fridge but I had to whip it about 15-20 minutes to reach the consistency required. Is it possible I didn’t let it get the right color beforehand? Thank you. Karen
MamtaMarch 4, 2018 at 6:28 am
Very light yellowish color is what you will get. The whitish color you got is fine. Whipping 15-20 mins is fine, it depends on blending speed.
LizSeptember 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm
Nice recipe; but coconut oil is neither penetrative or well absorbed. It’s also highly allergenic. What is a suggested substitution for this ingredient? Also, since all of the ingredients in this recipe are oil-based (and no water-based ingredients are used), why would you need a preservative for longer-term storage?
MamtaOctober 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm
You can mix Olive or Argan oil because these have moisturizing properties instead of coconut oil. I recommend making this in small batches and use it within 6 months because after that shea butter have molds. If you want to keep this for more than 6 months then you should use preservatives.
In fact the shelf life of butter depends entirely on weather and humidity at your place.
GeraldineNovember 8, 2018 at 7:52 pm
Please is this body butter safe to use on kids, again is there any substitute for calendula oil and could i substitute avocado oil for that of coconut oil. Thanks mamta i really love all ur posts!!!
MamtaNovember 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm
You can use argan oil or olive oil or rosehip oil in place of calendula oil. You can use avocado oil in place of coconut oil.
This is safe for kids.
SusanDecember 9, 2018 at 4:44 pm
If there is no liquid (ie: water, aloe juice) added, then a preservative is not needed. Avacado oil does have a shorter shelf life than most other oils so I usually only add that oil to to a recipe that actually requires a preservative.
Also, in my experience of using recipes for lotions requiring preservative…double check the usage and call the manufacturer to check again and be certain. All the recipes I had gathered from different sites( and I do mean ALL) were using a very small amount it seemed to me, but it was actually 900% more than recommended by the manufacturer! Do your homework and don’t take every Diyer’s word as the gospel — no matter how great their reviews are.