There are so many great benefits of cocoa butter for healthy and glowing skin. Not only is cocoa used in making tasty treats and desserts, but this yummy ingredient is a staple in skin care and beauty products.
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean (cacao seed). But for some people, when they think of cocoa butter, what comes to mind may be desserts like chocolate chip ice cream or fudge layer cake. Sorry to disappoint you, but cocoa butter isn’t used in desserts at all. In fact, it can be used in skin care and topical products.
Cocoa butter can also be called theobroma oil. It is a light-yellow vegetable fat that comes from cocoa beans. These cocoa beans are grown in tropical regions, as hot/humid climates are well suited for growing cocoa trees. Most of the world’s cocoa beans come from the West African countries Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast. Producers ferment, dry, roast, strip, and press cocoa beans to extract cocoa butter.
In this blog post we share what the great benefits of cocoa butter are for your skin.
WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS BENEFITS OF COCOA BUTTER FOR SKIN?
Cocoa butter is rich in fatty acids, which helps to hydrate your skin. The fat in cocoa butter creates a protective barrier to lock in moisture and prevent your skin from becoming dry. It is known for its ability to nourish, hydrate and boost the elasticity of the skin.
Cocoa butter is a natural product that has many great benefits when topically applied to your skin. These are due to the natural formation of high levels of vitamin K, and essential fatty acids. Furthermore, it is a decent source of vitamin E, which supports vision, reproduction, and the health of your brain, skin, and blood.
Below is a list of some of the benefits of cocoa butter for maintaining a healthy skin. They include;
- The anti-inflammatory properties of cocoa butter helps soothe your skin and may fade scars. By soothing the infection that causes acne, it leaves your skin healthy and ready to start the process of repairing skin cells.
- When you are exposed to UV radiation, it can cause changes in skin texture, damage skin cells, or increase your risk of skin cancer. The butter extracted from cocoa is rich in antioxidants, which help repair damage to the skin caused by free radicals.
- Free radicals can promote dark patches, and dull skin. The phytochemicals in cocoa butter may protect against skin damage from harmful UV rays and lower your risk of skin disease.
- Cocoa butter is gentle on your skin, which makes it great for soothing burns, rashes or damaged skin. It is also often used to relieve sensitive skin if you’re suffering from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, because of its anti-inflammatory qualities.
- Many people claim cocoa butter helps to minimize and prevent the visibility of stretch marks, particularly during and after pregnancy.