Mango butter can be used to treat a variety of issues such as muscle soreness, wounds, insect bites or dry skin. What does this body butter do and how can it affect our beauty?
Composition and properties
Mango butter consists of 40-50% oleic acid – unsaturated omega- 9 fatty acid, and saturated acids such as stearic and palmitic acid. Oleic acid is a classic ingredient in moisturizing products, supplementing and regenerating the skin’s lipid layer. Stearic acid, in turn, has a stabilizing effect and extends the shelf-life of the product.
Mango butter also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B and polyphenols. Vitamins A, C and E are the so-called “vitamins of youth” as they have an Antioxidant effect, support collagen synthesis and epidermis regeneration. Vitamin K has an Anti-inflammatory effect. Of the B group vitamins, small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, and B12 are found in mango butter. As for polyphenols, i. e. antioxidants against free radicals, the butter contains mangiferin and quercetin. These compounds protect skin cells and act as antibacterial, antiviral and Anti-inflammatory agents.
Mango butter beauty products
Beauty products containing mango butter perfectly moisturize and soften the skin, as well as help retain moisture within the skin creating a layer that delays water evaporation. The resulting layer does not leave the impression of greasiness on the skin. The regenerating effect on the epidermis is used to combat stretch marks and irritated, dry skin.
It also accelerates wound healing, so it can be used in case of sun irritation, cracked heels or chapped lips. The consistency of the pulp makes it easy to apply on the skin and absorbs quickly, leaving it smooth and silky. In the case of Face creams or hair products, about 5% of the butter is added.
It can be mixed with body lotions in any amount. These beauty products are universal – they do not clog pores and are also suitable for soothing psoriasis and eczema symptoms. In beauty products aimed for mature skin, it delays the ageing process. It helps protect against sunlight and irritating environmental factors.
How to implement mango in everyday use?
Particularly suitable for couperose skin. Prepare about 5 tablespoons of aloe vera pulp or aloe vera gel. Add 3 tablespoons of ripe mango pulp and two tablespoons of lemon juice. Stir everything thoroughly and leave in the fridge for half an hour so that the ingredients cool down. Apply the mask to the face for about 20 minutes. In the evening you can also use it as a face wash. Instead of aloe vera gel you may use Natural yoghurt.
Just squeeze the juice out of the fruit and apply to the face daily. It gently tones, nourishes and exfoliates the skin. However, beware if you have sensitive skin – mango can be irritating.
It is worth trying it out as a natural hair conditioner. Two spoons of the product should be melted in water and applied onto damp hair. After application, wrap your hair in a towel for half an hour and then wash thoroughly. Your hair will immediately regain its shine and elasticity.
Mix the ripe fruit pulp with Natural yoghurt, half a glass of milk and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. Depending on your preference, you can add other fruits.