Choosing the best moisturizing body butter depends on your reason for wanting a body butter, the condition of your skin, and when you plan to use the body butter. Body butters are moisturizing creams that are heavier than lotions. They are more effective at moisturizing because of their heavier consistency, but they also are slower to absorb, and can leave a residue behind. If you plan to apply the body butter before bed, a heavier cream is fine, however if you plan to wear the body butter during the day, choose a lighter consistency.
Some common moisturizing ingredients to look for in body butter include cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, aloe vera gel, coconut oil, wheat germ oil, and almond oil. Vitamin E is also a common ingredient in quality body butters. Take note of the ingredients if you develop a reaction to a particular body butter so that you can avoid them in other products.
Often people with dry skin also suffer from sensitive skin. If your skin is sensitive, choose a moisturizing body butter with few artificial ingredients or additives. Ingredients such as vitamin A or sunscreen may sound like good additions, however, for people with sensitive skin they can lead to irritation.
People with very dry skin should choose moisturizing body butter with a rich, creamy texture. Apply this cream each night. If, after several nights of regular application, dry skin is still a problem, consider using moisturizing body butter during the day as well. This body butter should be lighter in consistency, although you will still need to allow some additional time for it to soak in before getting dressed for the day.
Scent is an important factor when choosing body butter as well. The scent of moisturizing body butter will linger on the skin for a longer period than a lotion because of the heavier consistency. It is important to choose a scent that you find appealing, not overwhelming.
As long as you choose a body butter that does not cause an allergic reaction, is heavy enough to add moisture, but light enough to soak into the skin, and you find the scent appealing, it is probably a good choice. Itchiness, a product that leaves residue on clothes, or a butter that smells cloying or overwhelming are signs to avoid a particular product. Regular use is the best way to keep skin moisturized.