Massage butter vs. massage cream—which is which? As a massage therapist, it’s important to know the difference. So, do you?
Have you learned the best uses and benefits of massage butter? When is it better to use massage butter than massage cream?
If you’re not sure, but you want to be, we can help. Below is a guide explaining what body butter is, when to use it, and how it differs from cream products.
Read on to learn all you need to know about massage butter.
What Is Massage Butter?
Massage butter or body butter is so named because it’s a very similar type of substance to the butter we eat. It consists mostly of natural fats and carrier oils that are solid or semi-solid at room temperature. This allows it to melt into a liquified, oily substance when warmed up by body heat.
The essential fats and minerals that make up the majority of the body butter are usually extracted from natural ingredients. These include shea, cocoa, various nuts, fatty fruits, palm, etc.
The carrier oils help certain beneficial ingredients absorb into the skin. But the liquified butter does not absorb into the body.
It coats the skin with a layer of oil, keeping moisture and the moisturizing ingredients from escaping. It also makes any fragrances added to the butter last longer than the fragrances of other skin products.
Another distinction of massage butter is that it contains no water, unlike lotions and creams. There also tend to be fewer unnatural ingredients in body butters. In fact, you can even make your own massage butter from these natural ingredients.
Uses and Benefits Of Massage Butter
Because body butter absorbs slowly and holds in moisture for a long time after applying, it’s best for soothing dry and/or irritated skin. It’s excellent for dry, cracked skin and chapped lips during wintertime.
It’s also great for rehydrating and reconditioning your skin after exfoliation. This will prevent the exfoliated skin from drying out and becoming rough or flaky.
Lastly, it’s oily consistency makes it perfect for therapeutic massages, like deep tissue massage. It provides the perfect amount of lubrication for you to massage deeply without rubbing the skin raw.
And unlike lotion, body butter won’t absorb completely into the skin. This means the lubrication of body butter will last longer through the massage without the need for reapplication.
How is Massage Butter Different From Massage Cream?
Massage creams are sort of a middle ground between lotions and butters. They are thinner than body butter but thicker and more oily than lotion.
Creams do contain water, though not as much as lotions, and are made thicker than lotions using a thickening agent like beeswax or xanthan gum. They may or may not contain natural butters.
How Will You Use Massage Butter?
Next time you give a deep tissue massage or an exfoliating scrub, you know what to do. Give massage butter a try!
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*We make no claim or recommendation about the medicinal benefits of the products listed in this article. We advise you seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.