4 Surprising Benefits of Cocoa Butter For Skin

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Jun. 5
What is Cocoa Butter?
Before we dig deep into the details and explore Cocoa Butter’s benefits for your skin, let’s first learn a little about its background. Cocoa butter is extracted from the cacao bean within the pod of cocoa. The pod of cocoa is a huge, gourd-shaped fruit; and within the pod are thirty to forty cocoa seeds. The vegetable fat is obtained from the beans; this could be easily done at home after drying, roasting, and pressing these seeds. That extracted fat is called cocoa "butter," and what remains could be made into cocoa powder. 
Benefits of Cocoa Butter for Skin
Many have termed cocoa butter a fascinating moisturizer since it's rich in fatty acids and antioxidants! With that being said, let's have a look at some of the cocoa butter's mesmerizing benefits. 
  • Helps In Healing Sensitive Skin: Several studies have shown that cocoa butter helps with skin irritations like dermatitis and eczema.
  • Rich Moisturizer: Cocoa butter deeply hydrates the skin and is extremely rich in fatty acids, making it an incredibly effective introduction to lip balms and body moisturizers. It consists of stearic acid, palmitic, and oleic – all these help to nourish your skin.
  • Diminishes Scars and Stretch Marks: Over the years, many women have claimed that frequent use of cocoa butter helps to keep stretch marks at bay both pre- and post-pregnancy. Cocoa Butter is also extremely useful in getting rid of scars.
  • An Antioxidant Powerhouse: Because cocoa butter is pretty rich in antioxidants, it aids in fighting free-radical damage to the skin. Free radicals are hazardous, and failure to control them can cause dull skin and dark patches. That's why safeguarding your skin from free-radical damage is vital to a youthful and healthy look. Surprisingly, Cocoa butter is also an anti-inflammatory.
How to Use It
Cocoa butter is inexpensive and readily available in tubs as well as easy-to-use sticks. Though, it is also possible for you to buy raw cocoa butter in ample amounts online, in case you opt for the DIY skincare route. In either case, If you’re looking for cocoa butter, you’ll get it in 2 forms – unrefined and refined. Unrefined cocoa, which looks like creamy yellow, is the rawest form of cocoa butter. You don’t have to hassle to find it as it's easy to find, and all of the earlier-mentioned skincare advantages come naturally with the creamy yellow, which is the unrefined product of cocoa. Interestingly enough, it has a robust smell of chocolate. 
For cocoa butter to be used in cosmetics without it producing its own color and scent, it is refined, and in that way, the refined cocoa butter loses its color and fragrance. According to some purists, when cocoa butter is refined, it may lose some of its essential properties that might be useful, but it's only a matter of liking. Now, buying a premade cocoa butter means you're purchasing a refined version of cocoa butter. Also, buying premade cocoa butter would provide other nutrients, too, that might not be found in cocoa butter solely.
The products of cocoa butter are smooth on the skin but also hydrating and thick. It is surprisingly hard at lower temperatures. If you try and put a piece of cocoa butter in your hand, you’ll notice that it starts melting almost immediately – this is the reason why cocoa butter is an excellent inclusion in products like lip balm. It ensures that the products stay thick, but also quickly melts whenever in contact with the body. If a person uses it on damp skin, cocoa butter will assist in retaining the moisture.
Side Effects of Cocoa Butter
A dermatologist recently stated that "Before using cocoa butter, precautions must always be taken if the user is acne-prone because this might clog pores”. One shouldn’t use it on their face if they breakout. Cocoa might trigger migraine headaches and could also cause constipation. Additionally, it can lead to digestive complaints, including gas, stomach rumbling, intestinal discomfort, and nausea.
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