With the onset of winters I make a conscious switch to body butters. The winter makes my skin type (a combination skin) very dry and stretchy. While I can manage with the extra dose of Omved Protective Moisturiser on the face, the same is not applicable to my hands and legs. I need something more nourishing and hydrating for the winter to keep the dryness and itchiness at bay.
Body Butter or Body Lotion – What is your pick?
There have been enough debates on what is better for the winter, personally for me, a body butter works effectively for the body while an extra bit of moisturiser works on my face. I’m listing the basic difference and some of my favourite body butters.
What is body butter?
Body butters are essentially intense skin moisturisers that maximises hydration. When I use body butter in the winter, I need to apply it twice a day to ensure my skin is hydrated. A body butter is thicker, so you will need to scoop it out of a jar or the tub. Most body butters will contain natural ingredients like shea butter or cocoa butter that are beneficial for your skin. Body butters tend to form a better protective layer on the skin and provide maximum hydration to your skin especially in the winters.
Shea butters are rich in Vitamin A and E and can nourish your skin very well. Not only do they rejuvenate your skin, but also provide it maximum protection by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Cocoa butter contains several nutrients and antioxidants that keeps your skin hydrated for a long time.
What is a body lotion?
A body lotion is runny and is your perfect companion in other seasons apart from winter (except for oily skin). I rarely use a body lotion in the summer because my skin tends to become a combination skin and is well hydrated. A body lotion is essentially a combination of an oil and water that is bound together with an emulsifier. A body lotion will not let your skin feel greasy because it is light and is quickly absorbed in the body.
Now that we have the difference in place, let me tell you about some of the body butters that are awesome for your skin in the winters. These are body butters that I have used and experimented with.
I have used three body butters by TNC and so far my favourite has been the Nori Body butter that keeps my skin hydrated for over 8 hours. I love it for its awesome colour and the fragrance that isn’t too strong. The fragrance lingers for long enough after you have applied it and keeps your body fresh and hydrated. I have used the Mango body butter as well as the White Peach body butter, but my favourite is still the Nori Body Butter. Walk into their stores or shop online, you’ll probably end up finding one favourite fragrance because they have a really awesome variety.
Orange Body Butter by Azafran
This one is citrusy that gives a nice zing! I have been using this one for the winters and it takes a while to get used to the amount you actually need. This is more hydrating in comparison to the TNC body butters, so you need a lesser quantity. When I used a little more than usual it left my skin oily and I had to reduce the quantity I used. Azafran has body butters in Lavender, Orange, Raspberry, Pomegranate and Strawberry that I am sure smell heavenly, but I am more biased towards citrus fragrances because they make me feel refreshed, so I chose the Orange variant.
Intense Moisturising Cream by Omved
Now, the Intense Moisturising Cream by Omved is in the to-buy list, but I have never got around buying one because I thought it was pretty overpriced and the quantity was really less. All I do know is that you really need very less amount to apply and hydrate your body. Maybe the next winter will see me using this product! Talking of Omved, one product that I use all year around is the protective face moisturiser that suits my skin really well.
There are other brands as well who are known to make awesome body butters, but the ingredient list is not so awesome, so I steer away from them. If body butter is not your style and you are looking for something inexpensive, try using pure coconut oil mixed with a drop of your favourite EO. Not only do you have a fragrance that you love, you also keep your skin hydrated.
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