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What Is Olive Oil Body Butter?

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Body butter, much like moisturizer and lotion, is an emollient that is meant to soothe the skin and treat dry skin. It can also be used to prevent dry skin. Because olive oil has been found to have many benefits for the skin, it is sometimes incorporated into the ingredients in cosmetics. Olive oil body butter is simply a kind of moisturizer that is made with olive oil.

Olive oil body butter is intended for use on the entire body. It may be used on the face if the indications on the package specify. However, body butter is often quite thick and rich. Therefore, it may not be suitable for the skin on the face, which becomes oily more quickly than the skin on most other parts of the body.

There are a number of skin benefits that you can enjoy by using olive oil body butter. For example, olive oil has natural antioxidants that protect the skin. Protecting the skin is one of the best ways to ward off wrinkles and other signs of aging. Also, because olive oil absorbs easily into the skin, it is especially good at relieving dry skin. Furthermore, olive oil does not clog the pores. This means that it can provide moisture without creating any kind of irritation.

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If you would like to enjoy the benefits of olive oil but don't want to spend the money on a spa-quality emollient, you can simply whip some up right at home. Begin with your favorite lotion. Put some of the lotion into the palm of your hand and add a few drops of olive oil. Rub the mixture together in your hands and apply it to any patches of dry skin that you might have.

You can play around with the ratio of lotion to olive oil to decide what blend works best for your homemadeolive oil body butter. If you want to give yourself a real treat, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix. Not only will this take care of dry skin, but it will have you smelling lovely as well.

If your skin is more in need of a good scrubbing than a deep moisturizer, you can make an olive oil body scrub instead of an olive oil body butter. Simply mix together table salt and olive oil in a small dish. Again, feel free to add essential oils for fragrance. Rub the mixture into your skin while showering and rinse off. Be sure to be careful not to slip, as the olive oil can make the base of your tub a bit slick.

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