Our skin is gentle, just like the petals of a flower. If not provided with the right nourishment it will become dry and wilt away.
A great way to quench the skin’s thirst for sustenance is to apply cocoa butter daily. Cocoa butter is light and not very greasy, and it is absorbed better by the layers of the skin.
Why Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa butter comes from the fat of cocoa beans that are also used to make chocolate. It contains essential Vitamins A, C and E that go a long way in improving the quality of your skin, especially in the harsh winter months.
These days it is used in a variety of makeup and skincare products including lipsticks, soaps, lotions, body washes and creams.
The benefits of cocoa butter are many.
Here are a few reasons why you should add the goodness of this natural essence to your daily routine:
Prevent Scarring and Skin Conditions
Cocoa butter is known to have properties that can reduce scarring. This is why dermatologists and doctors recommend it to pregnant and breastfeeding women to prevent the appearance of stretch marks post partum.
It is also essential in reducing marks caused due to acne or injuries. It smoothes the scarred area so it blends in with the surrounding skin and makes it appear less noticeable. In some cases, it is known to treat eczema and dermatitis.
Skin can go dry very easily owing to environmental conditions, sun exposure and pollution. This is why applying cocoa butter lotion every day. It is light, melts at body temperature and is therefore, quickly and easily absorbed into deepest layers of the skin, making your skin glow inside out.
Pure cocoa butter contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP) which prevents the production of immonu globulin that tends to worsen skin conditions.
The cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP) in cocoa butter also adds strength to germ fighting cells in your body and helps fight against conditions such as psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome. In some cases, it is known to inhibit cancer cell and tumor growth by preventing the production of inflammatory cells and oxidation of good cholesterol.
Young and Firm Skin
Rich in antioxidants, cocoa butter helps maintain the youthfulness of your skin. With daily use you will notice a remarkable suppleness in your skin. It also gives protection against harmful UV rays that make skin age faster.
This is why today most sunscreens contain extracts of cocoa butter, preventing skin damage and promoting growth of healthy skin cells.
Most shampoos and conditioners these days come with cocoa butter as an essential ingredient. This is because it’s conditioning properties help make hair more manageable and well moisturized. Not only can it soothe itching on the scalp, it helps to significantly reduce hair fall, while adding volume to your tresses.
Cocoa butter is essentially a fat, and can help replenish oils in your scalp for healthy and shiny hair. It is, therefore, a boon for damaged hair. If you can get pure cocoa butter, melt a small quantity and apply to hair as oil, 20 minutes before shampooing.
We all love chocolate and cocoa butter is just another reason for us to indulge and give ourselves some much needed pampering!