If you take good care of your skin health, it means that you choose your skin products carefully. I’m pretty sure that some body butters are present in your skin care, and/or hair care routine, whether as a raw butter or as part of other skin or hair products.
While mango butter may not be as famous and popular as shea butter, or cocoa butter – it surely is a wonder-maker with so many benefits for your skin and hair, due to its intensely moisturizing and nourishing properties. And it’s magical for most skin types.
Mango butter suits most skin types and it is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – which actually gives mango butter a great advantage over other body butters.
Did you know that mango butter may be your friend on the anti-aging path, by reducing wrinkles? And that it can smooth out stretch mark-covered skin, and help your skin in so many ways, improving skin health? You can even get healthier hair by using mango butter!
If you are now considering incorporating mango butter into your daily routine make sure to read this article to find out how (and why!).
What Is Mango Butter
Mango butter is extracted from the fats of mango fruit tree seeds. The fat is usually extracted by cold pressing it into a creamy butter. So, mango butter has a completely natural origin!
It is also important for you to know that the mango seeds represent a source of nutrients required for your skin protection and health.
It is practically scentless, but it may present a very subtle scent. When it comes to the texture, it has a pretty smooth texture for body butter. Plus, it is quite lightweight and feels silky.
Regular Mango Butter & Whipped Mango Butter
You can use this body butter in two form: raw or whipped. What’s the difference?
Whipped mango butter has a lighter texture than regular, raw mango butter. So, whipped mango butter is smoother and easier to spread.
In order to make whipped, creamy butter, you can cut the mango butter into small pieces and place them in a bowl. Then, add a carrier oil and essential oil and whip it all with a handheld mixer.
Mixing mango butter with a carrier oil (some light oil, for example olive or coconut oil) and essential oils (try it with lavender essential oil) will make the mango butter smooth and fluffy.
How To Use Mango Butter
You can find a plethora of products containing mango butter, however it tends to work perfectly when used on its own, too.
Furthermore, if you are a fan of homemade products with natural ingredients, you may also find many homemade recipes with mango butter.
So, you can choose whether you will use mango butter:
- As natural butter itself – pure mango butter benefits for the skin and hair are unquestionable, and you can never go wrong with this choice;
- As an ingredient in other skincare/haircare products – many skin products including lip balm, emollient, lotion, and face cream, contain mango butter;
- Homemade recipes – you can try some DIY mango butter recipes and make your own products for skin repair and protection, but also to moisturize and nourish your beloved skin (by the way, did you know that skin is your largest organ?). Plus, you can add it in your homemade hair mask.
How Often Should You Use Mango Butter?
You can utilize mango butter in your routine up to twice a day on your skin. So, whether you use it once a week or once per day, your skin will thank you.
However, if you have damaged skin (or even cracked skin) and want to use mango butter for moisturizing dry skin, it would be better to use it at least 3-4 days during the week – if not every day.
If you are using mango butter for hair, applying it twice a week is enough.
Benefits Of Mango Butter For Skin & Hair
Mango butter has just recently become more popular. Due to its effects on the skin (and hair), it is now becoming a shea butter and new cocoa butter alternative.
Mango butter benefits for the skin are various. Therefore, if you find at least one (I’m pretty sure you’ll find more!) that would improve your skin in any way, consider trying this body butter.
So, what are the benefits of mango butter for skin – and hair?
Skin-Advantageous Natural Formula
Mango seed butter contains nutrients that your skin requires and needs. It is full of antioxidants, which are elemental to both sensitive skin and skin aging prevention routines. Antioxidant properties also contribute to the prevention of excessive signs of aging and sun damage, and fight free radicals in your skin.
Mango butter is also rich in minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, and vitamins, including vitamin C, and vitamins E and A.
Of course, it contains essential fatty acids, primarily oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids.
It Is Scentless
If you have sensitive skin, or you are sensitive to smell, you will love mango butter, as it is scentless (or very, very mildly scented). Another plus is that you may add your own scents by adding your favorite essential oil, for example.
Your Skin Will Love It
Whether you have acne-prone oily skin, or dry, damaged skin prone to irritation, your skin will benefit from mango butter.
Due to its moisturizing, nourishing, and hydrating properties, it is the best choice for dry or itchy skin. As it may also protect the skin, it can be used as a prevention of any skin conditions related to skin being dry.
As it is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it (in most cases) doesn’t clog pores, you may freely use it if you have dry, normal, or mildly oily skin without worrying it will cause acne breakouts.
Note, however, that – if you are allergic or sensitive to mango – you should avoid mango butter, as it may cause you irritation and allergic reactions.
It Feels So Smooth
Mango butter has a smooth texture – especially as compared to shea butter, or cocoa butter. It melts on your skin, becoming easy to spread.
You will have the feeling of softer skin right away after applying mango butter, because of its smooth texture and creamy consistency.
It Is A Long-Lasting Part Of The Skincare Routine
Mango butter has a pretty long shelf life – of up to 2 years. So, pure mango butter that is completely chemical-free and organic may typically last for approximately 24 months from the date of packaging and manufacturing. Sounds like a great investment, right?
Bye, Bye Sunburns
Antioxidants present in the mango butter fight free radicals generated by the UV rays and thus may soothe and treat your sunburns, as well.
In fact, vitamin E found in mango butter is known for its antioxidant properties, beneficial for fighting and reducing UV damage to the skin. Vitamin A, also, may help decrease sun-related skin damage.
Furthermore, mango butter has healing properties and can actually cool down your sunburned skin.
While it may be surprising that frostbites may be treated using the same product as sunburns, it is, actually, not weird. Still, the heat is behind both injuries.
Again, thanks to the antioxidant properties of mango butter, it may aid the skin recovery process after frostbite, as it works by soothing the pain and skin damage.
Dry Skin Rescue
Skin issues related to dryness are a past, as mango butter is rich in nutrients, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals your skin needs.
Due to its creamy, butter-like texture, it surely is a powerful emollient for dry skin.
Thanks to that, mango butter forms a natural protective barrier that may boost the natural barrier function of your skin.
Eczema, Psoriasis. How Can Mango Butter Help?
If you are suffering from these and similar conditions, you probably know how irritating they may be – and how difficult they are to treat.
The truth is that skin affected by eczema, psoriasis, or simply being sensitive, needs additional nourishment and hydration.
Most of the products on the market contain chemicals that can worsen the conditions and cause flare-ups.
Thanks to its natural origin, mango butter can ease your eczema and psoriasis1, as it is moisturizing, protective, soothing, and heals your skin while having anti-inflammatory properties at the same time.
Its regular use will also reduce redness and itching.
Aging Can Wait – Mango Butter Corrects Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Yes, you can slow down your aging. There are several reasons why this butter is a great aid in fighting aging.
Antioxidants, present in mango butter protect your skin against free radicals. This includes vitamin A which stimulates the skin’s renewal process.
Also, this butter is very moisturizing, and we all know that well-moisturized skin is resilient, and protected from harmful external effects.
Mango butter, therefore, may prevent damage.
All this leads to fewer wrinkles, and fine lines, plus – you get firmer skin.
Acne-Prone Skin – Still Loving Mango Butter
Mango butter can be used to fight acne, as it has healing properties and doesn’t clog pores. Therefore, it can provide hydrating and healthy oil content without clogging your pores2.
Additionally, it can actually soothe existing acne due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. However, if your acne is severe, and skin is very oily, be careful3!
Helping With Bug Bites
Bug bites may cause skin reactions and local inflammation. Here comes the mango butter with its anti-inflammatory properties, that will soothe them.
You’ve probably already experienced itching from the bug bites. And you know how irritating it may be.
Mango tree butter will calm those itchy bug bites and reduce any redness and irritation related to them.
Minimizing Scars And Stretch Marks
One of the most popular uses of mango butter is to help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, due to its ingredients, and especially due to the ability of collagen production.
Mango butter contains high concentrations of vitamin C, which stimulates collagen production. Collagen helps structure your skin, improves skin elasticity, fortifies your bones, and supports joints.
Note that it would be best if you start healing your wounds early to minimize the potential for scarring. And yes, keep your skin hydrated all the time, to prevent stretch marks.
For that sake, you may use this butter in combination with other types of butter like shea butter to promote healing and minimize scar tissue (keep in mind that cocoa butter is actually not a good choice for scars!).
Your Hair Will Love It Too
Mango butter has many benefits for your hair, too. It promotes hair growth, moisturizes your hair (softening it), and improves its volume.
As already mentioned, it is a good antioxidant and has a low melting point. You can apply the butter directly to your hair, or you can mix it with other ingredients, or your regular haircare products.
What’s interesting, mango butter seems to be better for hair than popular shea butter. It’s easier to apply to hair and doesn’t make them look greasy.
Does Mango Butter Fade Scars?
Yes, mango butter fades scars because it has great healing properties. If you use it regularly, it may reduce their appearance.
Mango Butter For Acne – Is It Effective?
Mango oil is usually suitable for most (or all) skin types, including oily one. However, there is an argue if it is actually that safe in acne-prone skin.
So, if you are experiencing severe acne, or your skin is very oily, consider consulting your doctor or dermatologist before using this butter.
Can I Use Mango Butter On My Face?
Yes, you can use mango butter on your face, body, or hair.
Does Mango Butter Clog Pores?
In most cases, it doesn’t. However, if you have severely oily and prone-to-acne skin, it may cause some clogging (find out more about mango butter comedogenicity and whether it can clog pores in my article here).
Who Should Use Mango Butter?
Mango seed butter will be beneficial for you if you have4:
- Dry skin
- Damaged skin
- First signs of aging
- Stretch marks
- Experience sunburn or frostbite
- Have eczema, psoriasis, or other similar conditions
- Experience bug bite
Otherwise, if you only want to have well-nourished skin and hair and to protect your skin, use this body butter.
It also doesn’t have any overpowering scent, so if you are hypersensitive to smell – you will love it (this is especially beneficial during pregnancy).
Side Effects Of Mango Butter – What To Watch Out For?
There are some very rare reactions to mango butter, and those include allergic reactions, irritations, rashes, dermatitis, and itchiness.
Although, the chances for such events are really minimal, especially as it is used topically – if you are allergic to mango, avoid using this body butter. You can opt for other butters, for example, shea butter.
If you are unsure, you can perform a patch test, using a small amount of butter on your skin, and wait to see if there will be any reaction.
The purpose of this article is informative and entertaining. It’s not a substitute for medical consultation or medical care. The author of this article does not accept any responsibility for any liability, loss or risk, personal or otherwise, incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, from any information or advice contained here. Safety should be your priority.