You certainly know shea butter, maybe even you already use avocado butter in your bathroom? Vegetable butter has many benefits for skin and hair care… The new kid on the block is mango butter!
The virtues of mango butter
Rich in essential fatty acids, mango butter is widely used in India, a country where alternative medicine and natural care have been part of the daily habits of men and women for many centuries. Mango butter is made from the pit of the mango, not its flesh. Cold-pressed, it produces the famous mango butter. Vegetable butters are a very interesting texture for beauty care, highly nourishing, each of them has very specific virtues… Here are the virtues of mango butter:
- Soothing – it has protective benefits, which will defend your skin, but also your hair, against external aggressions such as cold, sun, wind, pollution…
- Emollient – rich in fatty acids, mango butter boosts the hydration of your skin and hair;
- Softener – mango butter has softening properties and allows your skin to retain its suppleness and elasticity;
- Antioxidant – rich in polyphenols and sterols, mango butter has antioxidant properties, which allow your skin to fight against skin aging.
Mango butter: for which type of skin?
Highly nourishing, the use of mango butter is particularly indicated for normal, dry, very dry, or mature skin. Pure or integrated into the preparation of a homemade treatment, mango butter can be used in several different ways, depending on the needs of your skin. With its firming action, it is especially suitable for making body balms with strong moisturizing power and it will leave your skin smooth and satiny. This ancestral ingredient is also a good ingredient for sun or after-sun care because of its protective abilities.
Mango butter works wonderfully in synergy with vegetable oils to target specific issues:
- Dry skin – avocado oil, wheat germ oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil…
- Mature skin – borage oil, evening primrose oil, argan oil, prickly pear oil, rosehip oil…
- For sagging skin – macadamia oil, watermelon vegetable oil…
The same goes for the hair, mango butter will meet the hydration needs of dry and damaged hair, while providing shine and protection. Used in synergy with castor oil or ylang-ylang essential oil, it brings shine and beauty to tired hair, combined with silk and rice proteins, it deeply nourishes the hair.
Mango butter: how to use it?
Pure for smooth skin and nourished hair
You can absolutely use mango butter on its own, pure. Just be sure to choose a 100% pure or even organic formula. For the hair, apply the mango butter to your lengths and leave for a few minutes, or several hours, before washing your usual shampoo. For the face, massage your skin by performing a light lifting massage every evening with a dab of mango butter for smooth skin and an anti-aging effect that will make a difference in the long term. It will also be particularly effective in case of sunburn because it helps the healing of the skin.
DIY mango butter lip balm
Highly moisturizing and protective, mango butter is an excellent base for making a nourishing lip balm. For this DIY you will need:
- 30 g of mango butter;
- 10 ml of sesame oil;
- 10 ml oily calendula macerate;
- 20 drops of Palmarosa essential oil.
Melt the butter and the oils in a bain-marie, mix and leave to cool slightly. Add the Palmarosa essential oil and mix. Place the mixture in a small glass jar and slip it into your purse for a 100% natural and homemade lip balm at your fingertips!
DIY hair mask
This mask is to be applied before your shampoo. It will deeply nourish your hair, heal your split ends and smooth the hair fiber. In this way, your hair will be better equipped to face external aggressions, redesigned curls, tamed frizz… For shiny and strong hair! For this DIY you will need:
- 1 tablespoon of mango butter;
- 2 tablespoons of shea butter;
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil;
- 2 tablespoons of honey.
Place all the ingredients in a suitable container and heat them in a bain-marie, stirring. Once the ingredients are melted, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool. Then apply the mixture to your hair, lengths, roots and scalp. Leave on for 30 to 45 minutes before rinsing and then your usual shampoo. To boost the action of this hair mask with mango butter, do not hesitate to bring your hair back in a bun on top of your skull and cover it with a shower cap!
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