If the swing between frigid outdoor temps and too-dry heaters is wreaking havoc on your skin, it’s time to consider adding the best body butters to your routine. Not only can these skin-care products help boost hydration and lock in moisture, but their smooth and velvety texture is ideal for nourishing skin during the winter months, when cold, dry air can cause excess flakiness and itchiness (and exacerbate sensitive skin conditions like eczema or keratosis pilaris).
While body lotions and oils are great for lightweight hydration throughout the year, sometimes skin needs an extra dose of protection to feel comfortable and smooth, which is where body butters come in. These are often packed with humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid to hold in moisture; emollients like jojoba, almond, olive, and avocado oil to keep skin soft and smooth. New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, M.D. tells Glamour that most formulas are also rich in occlusives like mango, cocoa, and shea butter to lock in moisture. “Because of their thicker and richer properties, body butters provide a protective layer around the skin from environmental elements and act as a barrier to prevent moisture loss,” says cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green, M.D.
Most people can use body butters daily—the key, however, is to apply them “immediately after a bath or shower, before the skin is dry, to lock in moisture,” Dr. King says. Plus, thanks to their emollient and occlusive properties, body butters are a great choice for people with exceptionally dry skin. New York City-based dermatologist Diane Madfes, M.D., adds that certain calming formulas, like Tatcha’s Indigo Butter, which is packed with restorative botanicals like Japanese indigo, can also be helpful for soothing sensitive skin types.
Whether you’re looking for a whipped body butter to soften sandpaper skin or want a paraben-free formula infused with natural ingredients, scroll down to shop the best body butters and stave off winter dryness.
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