The Queen of Butters
Cocoa butter is a rich and natural vegetable fat which is extracted from the cocoa beans inside the pods of the cocoa tree. It’s native to the tropical regions of central and Southern American but thank goodness we can get it anywhere!
Cocoa has been used in the field of medicine for around 3,000 years. But recently, research workers have discovered that compounds called photochemical in cocoa might help keep your body and skin healthy. Following are some skin benefits of cocoa butter:
- good source of hydration as it is rich in fatty acids. But not for all skin types as cocoa butter is very oily it can clog your pores.
- can be used as an anti-inflammatory moisturizer for swelling, rash, and skin irritation.
- very effective in treating premature ageing (which I love!)
- very good for healing cracked elbows, knees and heels
- widely known for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (and a queen would know!)
- maintains the softness of the skin and keeps the skin refreshed
- is also known for facilitating and speeding up the natural wound healing process
- contains vitamin E which prevents cell damage and is a natural booster
- contains vitamin K which speeds up the natural healing process of the skin
- increases the elasticity of the skin
- cocoa butter forms a protective layer around the skin to lock in the moisture
- known to protect the skin from dangerous UV rays of the sun
- very helpful for preventing or minimizing the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy
- works well as a lip balm
Cocoa butter is easy to use as it melts on your skin and the best part about cocoa butter is that it can be stored for about 5 years. It’s really good for sensitive skin and as it is edible it also works as an awesome lip balm.
Cocoa butter is used in body lotions, lip scrubs, moisturizer and in many other things due to its various benefits.
In the form of simply chocolate, it’s delicious in a cup of almond milk!