What Are the Benefits of Cocoa Butter on the Skin?

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Why do so many skin care and beauty lines contain cocoa butter? Because the natural fat, derived from the cacao bean, adds hardness to soaps, firmness to lotions and lip balms, and--most importantly--is packed with moisturizing and healing benefits for the skin.

History of Cocoa Butter

  • Although Mayans began cultivating the cacao tree more than 3,000 years ago. In western industry, the 1828 invention of a specially-made hydraulic press made the bean's fat, known as cocoa butter, usable as a massage cream. Today, the majority of cacao beans grown for both food and cosmetics come from Africa.

Preventing Stretch Marks

  • Makers of anti-stretch mark lotions use cocoa butter as their primary ingredient. Stretch marks form during pregnancy and other kinds of rapid weight gain or loss. These bodily changes cause the skin's collagen to stretch and form scar tissue. The Vitamin E in cocoa butter promotes the skin's elasticity, minimizing the formation and appearance of scar tissue.

Hydrating Properties

  • Cocoa butter possesses soothing, moisturizing qualities. The fat is solid at room temperature but reacts to your skin's body heat, helping it penetrate deeply under the skin's surface.

Shielding Function

  • While cocoa butter itself penetrates deeply into the skin, it also leaves behind a protective shield, locking in moisture while keeping out environmental bad guys.

Suppressing Disease

  • One of cocoa butter's chemical components, cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), can suppress the body's production of immuno globulin (IgE). Those shielding powers mean that conditions affected by IgE, including the skin conditions psoriasis and dermatitis, are aided through the topical application of cocoa butter lotion.

References

  • Photo Credit "Two Days of Chocolate: a London tour" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: EverJean (Everjean) under the Creative Commons Attribution license. "panxa a calella de palafrugell" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: diluvi (diluvi.com Anna i Adria) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.
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