What is Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa Butter is made from Cocoa Bean seeds of the Theobroma Cacao plant, a member of the Sterculiaceae plant family. which are native to parts of Africa and South America. Nigeria was once a major producer and exporter of Cocoa which is popular in the South West. It has achieved worldwide fame for being a major ingredient of Chocolate, as well as being amazing for skincare, and this post will focus on Cocoa Butter benefits for skin and hair even though we have a very healthy appetite for chocolate!
Benefits of Cocoa Butter for Skin
Cocoa butter is rich in saturated fats, it is particularly beneficial for healing dry, cracked skin because fatty acids are easily absorbed by the skin and are retained for hours so that they can continue to heal the skin from within. Regular use will soothe and smoothen the rough skin commonly found on dry elbows, knees and feet, and just in case you are wondering if Cocoa Butter is good for your face? the answer is: yes! As long as you aren’t prone to major breakouts or have very oily skin, a little bit of it on your face is a great way to deal with dry patches.
Cocoa butter contains compounds called cocoa mass polyphenols or CMP, which a number of studies have found to be helpful in diminishing signs of aging, and soothing the skin issues encountered by those suffering from Dermatitis and Psoriasis. The Polyphenols found in Cocoa Butter have been shown to improve skin elasticity and tone (firmness, not colour!) by improving production and retention of Collagen by the skin.
I am sure that most people have heard of Collagen and Elastin, and guess what? Cocoa Butter has loads of both of them! Collagen rebuilds the cellular structure of your skin, which can also restore its firmness, and your body utilizes collagen in every stage of the wound healing process, which is why Cocoa Butter helps with skin repair from the inside. Elastin gives tissues an elastic quality so that they can retain their shape when they stretch, it is one of the elements of the skin that are eroded by bleaching products which is why they leave their users with stretch marks and wrinkles.
Benefits of Cocoa Butter for Hair and Lips
Cocoa butter been linked to a lower incidence of dandruff and healthier hair follicle beds, thereby reducing hair loss and preventing the onset of male pattern baldness. Great news for your edges, ladies! Better news for the guys is that Cocoa Butter is amazing for the lips, leaving them softer, plumper, and generally more kissable, which is why it is a major ingredient of our Chocolate Lip Balms!
Does Cocoa Butter Darken Skin?
The answer is no. Different people react in various ways to different ingredients, especially because we all apply them in different ways, but generally, Cocoa Butter does not darken the skin. In fact, because it contains many fatty acids, it will give you a clearer complexion. Those of us who were playground athletes will find that Cocoa Butter will fade the dark spots from old injuries and even make them disappear due to Its high content of vitamin E which helps in repairing and renewing of the skin. This means that It also protects the skin from the free radicals, toxins and dust which are responsible for cellular damage of the skin which is manifested as blemished skin.
The best type of Cocoa Butter to use as with any other natural skin or hair care ingredient, is 100% pure and unrefined, like our Cocoa Body Butter. What do you think? Have you ever used Cocoa Butter and what are your experiences with it? Would love to hear from you in a comments section!