Mango butter is a fat that comes from extracting mango fruit’s seeds and cold pressing it into a creamy butter. It is also known as mango kernel butter. In cool temperatures it is mainly in semi-solid form, when in contact with skin it usually melts.
Mango butter is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids (oleic acid, stearic acid and linoleic acids), vitamins (vitamin A, B6, C, E) and minerals. It is also a good source of potassium, folate, calcium, and beta-carotene. It also works as an emollient that helps soften the skin.
According to this study, mango butter can be a great cocoa butter alternative thanks to its skin softening properties.
1) Hydrates skin
Mango butter is full of nutrients that can help nourish and hydrate your skin. When applied topically, it forms a protective layer and help keep your skin stay moisturised.
According to this study, mango butter has the property to yield excellent emolliency and provide skin protection.
2) Anti-aging benefits
Mango butter is naturally loaded with antioxidants (such as vitamin C) that help to protect your skin against free radicals (that are particles in the air that can prematurely age your skin).
The fact that mango butter is deeply moisturising your skin contributes to the anti-aging process of your skin.
– promotes collagen production
Mango butter is rich in vitamin C. According to this study vitamin C boosts collagen production (collagen being an important protein that provides a wrinkle-free, youthful skin)
-Helps in the skin’s natural renewal process
Mango butter naturally contains vitamin A, that encourages the skin to produce new healthy skin cells.
– Tocopherols (vitamin E), phytosterols and triterpenes all in one
According to this study, the high percentage of tocopherols, phytosterols and triterpenes naturally present in mango butter can help significantly reduce wrinkles and roughness of the skin.
3) Anti-inflammatory benefits
According to this study, mango butter has anti-inflammatory properties.
This property can help improve inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis.
4) Is it helpful with Acne?
Mango butter is known to be non-comedogenic (with a comedogenicity rate of 2, 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest score) which means that it is moderately low to clog pores.
However according to the American Academy of Dermatologists, butters high in oil such as mango butter can clog pores and lead to acne.
If you want to use mango butter and your skin is prone to acne, talk to your dermatologist first.
5) Helps improving scars’ appearance
Mango butter can be helpful in improving the appearance of scars (acne scars, stretch marks from pregnancy…).
Mango butter helps with the skin’s renewal process which impacts improving scars appearance.
6) Antimicrobial properties.
According to this study, mango butter has antimicrobial properties and can reduce the production of bacteria. These properties can help to speed up your skin’s healing process.
7) UV rays
Mango butter is naturally rich in antioxidants. When this butter comes in contact with oxygen, it produces salicylic acid. Antioxidants and salicylic acid can help protect your skin from UV damage.
Plus, Mango butter is especially rich in vitamin C and E at the same time. According to this study when these two vitamins are combined, a sun protection and an environmental protection is naturally provided to the skin.
Patch test/ be careful
-Always patch test before trying a new product.
Even if mango butter is considered pretty safe, allergic reaction are possible. Patch test the ingredient on your wrist first and wait at least for 24h. If any redness, itching or burning occur wash off immediately and do not apply it on your face.
This content does NOT provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your own doctor for more information.