Mango Butter For The Skin: Benefits, How To Use, And More

Reviewed by Dr. Preethi Nagaraj, MD DVL
Written by Arshiya Syeda

Mango butter has several benefits for your skin. You can use mango butter for skin issues like dryness, flakiness, and itching. It also helps to keep the skin moisturized and soft. Mango butter is derived from mango seeds. It is rich in skin-friendly nutrients and antioxidants and can heal irritation, manage itchiness, soothe dry skin and improve the texture. If you wish to use mango butter for your skin, read this article to learn more about the benefits of mango butter, how to use it, and more. Scroll down.

What Is Mango Butter?

Mango butter is the oil or fat derived from the mango kernel (the white part inside the seed). The mango kernel is rich in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds and may help keep the skin nourished and moisturized and improve skin elasticity (1). However, mango butter may clog pores. Therefore, avoid using it if you have oily, acne-prone, and combination skin. Now, let’s take a look at the other benefits of mango butter.

Benefits Of Mango Butter For The Skin

1. Prevents Signs of Aging

The mango kernel contains vitamins A, E, C, and K, and polyphenols like gallic and ferulic acids, mangiferin, and tannins. All these antioxidants protect the skin from UV damage and photoaging and neutralize harmful free radicals to prevent early signs of aging (1), (2). It is rich in vitamin C that promotes collagen synthesis to improve the skin texture and elasticity (3), (4), (5).

2. Improves Dry Skin Conditions

Mango butter contains phytosterols, fatty acids (triglycerides), and tocopherols and has excellent emollient properties. This helps improve skin texture and keep it soft. Mango butter has anti-inflammatory properties and may help soothe skin irritation and itching caused by dry skin conditions (1), (6). It can condition your skin by preventing moisture loss and may also help in soothing eczema and psoriasis flare-ups.

3. It May Heal Wounds

Mango butter has wound healing properties. Studies found that this naturally occlusive ingredient could protect the skin barrier and repair damaged and cracked skin (1).

4. May Prevent Stretch Marks And Scars

Mango butter moisturizes the skin and improves skin elasticity. Massaging the abdominal area with it during pregnancy may help prevent stretch marks. Moreover, massaging mango butter on fresh stretch marks and scars may also improve their appearance as this butter has wound-healing abilities and promotes collagen development.

You may use raw mango butter or mix it with other ingredients to prepare body butter and other DIY products. Scroll down to learn how to use mango butter for your skin.

How To Use Mango Butter For The Skin: DIY Recipes

1. DIY Mango Body Butter

What You Need

  • 1 cup of mango butter
  • 1 teaspoon of cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 2-3 drops of any essential oil (optional)

Process

  1. Melt the mango butter and mix all the ingredients.
  2. Blend it well until you get a whipped cream-like texture.

Why It Works

Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and can help protect the skin barrier (7), (8). This body butter can keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness and flaking.

2. Mango Butter Lip Balm

What You Need

  • ½ teaspoon of mango butter
  • ½ teaspoon of shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil
  • 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of beeswax (alternative: shea butter)
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil
  • ¼ teaspoon of vitamin E oil

Process

  1. Melt and mix all the ingredients (except essential oils) in a double boiler.
  2. Add the essential oils to the mixture once it cools down.
  3. Store it in a small jar and refrigerate.
  4. Apply every day to your lips.

Note: Avoid beeswax and essential oils if you are allergic to them.

Why It Works

Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties, while vitamin E, castor and almond oils, and beeswax keep the skin moisturized and hydrated (8), (9), (10), (11), (12). Lavender and tea tree oils have antiseptic properties and may help heal chapped lips (13), (14). This lip balm can keep your lips smooth and soft.

3. Mango Citrus Body Butter

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa butter
  • 3 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 5 tablespoons of mango butter
  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vitamin E
  • 5-10 drops of citrus essential oil (for fragrance)

Process

  1. Melt the beeswax and plant butters in a double boiler.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool down a bit.
  3. Add the oils to the molten butter and mix.
  4. Blend the mixture until you get a whipped cream-like consistency.
  5. Store it in a glass jar and use it every day on damp skin.

Why It Works

Beeswax, shea and cocoa butters, and almond oil soften the skin, have emollient properties, and prevent UV damage (11), (15), (16), (17). Vitamin E promotes collagen development (2). Citrus essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (18). This body butter can soothe your skin, reduce dryness, and keep it protected.

4. Mango Butter Lotion Bar

What You Need

  • 1/3 cup of mango butter
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of beeswax
  • 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of menthol crystals
  • ½ teaspoon of arnica oil (optional)

Process

  1. Combine all ingredients (except the menthol crystals and essential oils) in a glass bowl and melt on a double boiler. Keep stirring.
  2. Remove the mixture from heat and add the menthol crystals and stir until it dissolves.
  3. Once the mixture cools down a bit, mix the essential oil.
  4. Pour it into molds and leave them for 24 hours.
  5. Wrap them with plastic or cling wraps and refrigerate.
  6. Rub the lotion bars on the skin and massage.

Why It Works

Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and may soothe atopic dermatitis. It may prevent UV damage (7), (8). Peppermint essential oil promotes wound healing, and menthol crystals can help relieve pain (19), (20). Arnica oil has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties (21).

Mango butter can also soothe sunburns and bug bites. You may use any of the recipes to keep your skin moisturized and healthy. Mango butter is often compared with shea butter. Both have similar properties. If you are confused about which one is better, find out in the next section.

Is Mango Butter Better Than Shea Butter?

Both have similar properties, with some minor differences.

  • Mango butter is lightweight compared to shea butter.
  • Both contain the same fatty acids but in different proportions. Mango butter has a low melting point and contains a high amount of oleic, palmitic, and stearic acids (22). Shea butter takes more time to melt when rubbed between your palms.
  • Both mango and shea butters are used in skin care products to moisturize the skin and prevent dryness.
  • Mango butter has a subtle sweet scent, while shea butter has a nutty and smokey fragrance.
  • Both shea and mango butter may cause allergic reactions. Avoid shea butter if you have nut allergy, and avoid mango butter if you are allergic to urushiol (a chemical found in mango sap that may trigger contact dermatitis).

You may choose any of the butters depending on your preferences.

Mango butter is a light oil extracted from mango kernels. The benefits of using mango butter for your skin include slowing down skin aging, moisturizing dry and flaky skin, and improving the elasticity and texture of your skin. Even though mango butter and shea butter are similar, mango butter is lighter and has a sweet scent. You can use mango butter in combination with other ingredients as a body butter, body lotion, or lip balm. Ensure that you conduct a patch test before using mango butter. If you experience any allergic reaction, consult a doctor immediately.

Key Takeaways

  • Mango butter helps prevent aging signs, soothe skin irritation, and prevent stretch marks.
  • Though mango butter and shea butter have similar properties, mango butter is lighter than shea butter.
  • Avoid using mango butter if you are allergic to urushiol, which may trigger contact dermatitis.

References:

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Dr. Preethi Nagaraj

(MD DVL)
Dr. Preethi Nagaraj is the medical director and senior consultant dermatologist at Twacha Skin and Hair Clinic, Kakkanad, Kochi, India.... more

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