Natural, healthy skincare has been all about plant-based oils for the last few years. We’ve finally gotten to the point where traditional, mainstream brands are advocating for their use, instead of scaring off consumers with threats that luscious, oil-based products will cause blemishes and irritated skin.
But what about plant-based butters? Made from the same components of the plant as an oil, butters are the new rage for their moisturizing, soothing, humectant properties. And one of these powerhouses has been added to Organic Bath Co.’s newest product: mango butter.
Mangoes themselves are decadent, luxurious, tropical fruits that really feel more like a dessert than a part of your daily healthy-eating routine. That richness you feel from eating a ripe, juicy mango translates beautifully into the rich benefits of the butter created from mango seeds.
Much like oils, butters are usually the result of cold-pressing seeds to reap their skin-boosting benefits. What’s different about a butter, aside from its consistency, is its ability to hydrate and moisturize without a greasy feeling. It absorbs into skin effectively, leaving just a soft glow, while penetrating deep layers of skin to encourage healing and skin cell regeneration.
What other benefits does mango butter bring to your skin? Let’s explore:
- Encourages collagen production: Its high vitamin C content gives mango butter the ability to promote collagen production, helping to repair skin and provide a firming action. It helps prevent sagging skin, and encourages skin to retain its shape.
- Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles: Mango butter contains a concentration of natural vitamin A, which encourages healthy cell production and turnover. It can help keep skin firm, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles because it stimulates the cells responsible for keeping skin taut.
- Relieves dry skin: From your lips to your elbows, mango butter works to infuse deep layers of your skin with moisturizing abilities. It repairs damaged skin, which can help treat dry patches, flakiness, eczema, dermatitis flare-ups and even psoriasis (when used on a daily basis).
- Protects from sun damage: A bioactive component of mangoes, called mangiferin, has been shown by researchers to help protect against radiation. This helps mango butter give you extra protection against sun damage, and helps skin remain even-toned and resistant to UV damage (but you should still pair it with sunscreen!). It can also help repair skin after sun damage occurs—its high antioxidant content gives skin the boost it needs to heal and potentially counteract damage caused by the sun’s UV rays.
- Helps reduce scarring: The antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and skin regenerators we talked about above make mango butter a useful ingredient in treating stretch marks, acne scars and other dark marks. Scars become less noticeable over time, as skin regenerates and heals.
- Helps treat wounds: Scrapes, cracked skin, bug bites or irritation can all be soothed with mango butter, which provides the hydration and protection skin needs to heal (I even love it on razor burn!).
All these reasons are why mango butter is a key component in OBC’s Nourish Night Balm, where it’s combined with other skin healing ingredients to make an overnight balm that’s great for winter weather, very dry, damaged or acne-prone skin. A rich, emollient a base of organic shea and mango butters hydrate as organic jojoba oil helps to balance skin. Antioxidant organic green coffee and vitamin E-rich prickly pear seed oils, plus the rich mango butter help protect skin from premature aging, while organic rosehip oil, high in essential fatty acids, calms skin with anti-inflammatory properties. Organic tamanu oil and mango butter also minimize scar formation, and skin looks refreshed, calm, radiant and deeply nourished after use.
Have you tried mango butter (straight or in combination with other oils and butters) in your skincare routine?