The other day I overheard someone expressing how they find body butters too oily/greasy for them. I tried to hold my tongue before I expose my eavesdropping self but I just couldn’t. I had to let her know how best to use her butters and thought I could share this with you readers.
Before I go on, I would like to describe the types of products on the market. We have:
These have varying thickness and properties based on the length of their carbon chains, the level of saturation, and chemical composition. They can be used neat or mixed with other oils and or butters. They are mainly sold as serums (incorporates exotic oils, cosmeceuticals and carrier oils rich in oil soluble vitamins and minerals), massage oils or perfumed body oils that contain aromatic and or essential oils for fragrance and therapy. They can also be available as macerates or infused oils using herbs that contain great lipophilic compounds.
These are like oils made out of fatty acids and triglycerides but mostly saturated. They are very emollient but they don’t penetrate too deep into the skin. They also help with occlusion (preventing water loss by evaporation). They can be found in products as one ingredient or in a mixture with other oils and butters. They are generally sold as balms, whipped butters or in their original state. All versions are great and you get to choose what works for you.
Body oils and butters can contain waxes like beeswax and jojoba oils. They offer great emollience and occlusion, while altering the texture of your product.
How best to use your anhydrous products
- Timing: Trust me on this, body butters are best used on damp skin. If you just had a steaming session, even better! Thank me later.
- Quantity : Body butters are best used small amounts at one time. The key is in how you spread it over the skin. You can layer it on, but you may not need to.
- Texture: I prefer softer butters /thinner oils to their thicker counterparts when trying to reduce greasiness. Thicker oils and butters can be used in small amounts or whipped to ensure ‘lightness’ and improve spreadability. Whipped butters are fluffy and easy to spread.
- Timing again: Yes, you read right. For those who may end up walking in the sun and feel like they may get fried, or if you just don’t like grease (I got you!), you can consider using your oils and butters at night, after a bath as mentioned earlier. You can take a quick shower in the morning using mild body cleansers that won’t strip the skin (the oils will have had enough time to absorb as far as they will go) . You can just top up with a light skin cream or sunscreen.
If you have other means, secrets or tips to make the best of your anhydrous products, let me know!