Cocoa Butter is an excellent skin healer which can hydrate and nourish skin as well as improve skin elasticity.
Cocoa Butter is a rich natural fat derived from the cacao beans contained inside the pods of the Cocoa/Cacao Tree. The fat in Cocoa Butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture.
Cocoa butter is also rich in natural plant compounds called phytochemicals. These substances may improve blood flow to the skin and slow skin aging by protecting against damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Used on skin, Cocoa Butter melts at body temperature and works to naturally soothe dry, sensitive skin while reducing and preventing the appearance of scars and unwanted marks. Cocoa Butter is often recommended for use during and after pregnancy to prevent and minimise the appearance of stretch marks.
Cocoa butter has also been promoted to heal rashes from conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
Cocoa Butter can also be used on hair, adding mositure to hair to make it more manageable. As a hair aid, Cocoa Butter replenishes naturally-occurring oils, adds volume and shine, boosts strength and resilience, increases thickness, and reduces frizz.
When using Cocoa Butter for skin or hair, unrefined Cocoa Butter in its most natural state will be most beneficial. Cocoa Butter in its unprocessed and unrefined form is available in solid chunks. The most common method is to simply break off a small piece and rub it against your skin. On contact with the skin, the friction will melt the butter so it can be absorbed into the skin.
If you prefer a cream-like consistency, check out the below video on how to make a whipped Cocoa Butter body butter.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com