What Cocoa Butter Can Do For Your Skin

What cocoa butter can do for your skin

Written by Sami Blackford
Picture credit: Paul Hill

Cocoa butter is one of my most favourite ingredients; I love using it because it smells just delicious, and because it has so many great benefits for the skin.

What is cocoa butter & how is it produced?

Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean which is found inside the cocoa pod which grows on from the cacao tree. Cacao pods are also where we get cocoa from to make chocolate – that’s why good-quality cocoa butter has a wonderful chocolate-y scent.

To produce the cocoa butter, these seeds must be fermented in banana leaves, dried, roasted and pressed, releasing the vegetable fat we know as cocoa butter.

Alternatively, the beans can be cold-processed. Cold-pressed cocoa butter is made by pressing the whole bean thus retaining vital antioxidants. This cold-pressing process uses only the heat from the friction caused when pressing the bean which helps protect the antioxidants.

How does cocoa butter benefit the skin?

Because of its natural make-up and its nutrient and fatty acid content, cocoa butter is amazing for dry skin and can actually penetrate further than the top layer of the skin, meaning it moisturises deep-down and really nourishes the skin.

  • Antioxidant action

Free-radicals are small molecules formed during the body’s metabolism when energy is generated from glucose in every cell in your body. They are also formed by exposure to pollutants such as car fumes, pesticides, and tobacco smoke.

These free-radicals destroy cells, and when these are skin cells you begin to age. Your skin wrinkles and dries up, and you begin to take on the look of somebody years older than you are. They do this through a process known as oxidation (a good way to think of it is to consider how iron rusts when it oxidises), and antioxidants can prevent it. They neutralize the free-radicals, and prevent your skin cells from being destroyed.

Cocoa butter contains a number of different antioxidants which can kill-off a wide range of different free-radicals. In fact, cocoa butter contains a much higher antioxidant concentration then even blueberries and other superfoods.

  • Stretch mark reduction

Cocoa butter is widely noted to help reduce stretch marks. This is most likely due to its nutrient and anti-oxidant content, as we’ve seen above.

There are no guarantees, but many women claim that regular use of cocoa butter was what kept their stretch marks away.

Now, I can’t promise that cocoa butter, alone, will keep stretch marks away completely. As I always say, the health of your skin is dependant on more than just what you apply to it every day. For more information about preventing and healing stretch marks, read “natural healing for stretch marks“.

  • Other benefits

Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, meaning it can penetrate deep-down into the skin and hydrate from within. Cocoa butter can also be helpful for many skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and skin irritation.

How do I use cocoa butter?

You can use cocoa butter as-is (it comes in fairly hard, solid blocks) as a body moisturiser, or add it to a hot bath.

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Alternatively, there are plenty of products on the market which contain cocoa butter.

I love using cocoa butter when designing products for Freyaluna. After years of research and development, we make this amazing raw ingredient much more user-friendly by including it in our natural skincare products.

For example, it can be found in our Cocoa Body Butter – a rich buttery cream that’s wonderful for all-over your body, and our Body Butter Bars – for use as a body moisturiser or as part of traditional massage. But we also use it in our Cupcake Bath Melts – a little skin-nourishing indulgence at bath time, and even in our Patchouli & Orange Hand Cream – a wonderful cream for everyday use, for dealing with dermatitis, as well as soothing dry irritated skin.

At Freyaluna, we use only unrefined cocoa butter which we source from fair trade community co-operative projects in Ghana where the cocoa butter is harvested in a sustainable way.

We use cocoa butter in a wide variety of products to ensure our customers can get the impressive effects of this fantastic ingredient in a number of ways, and for a number of skincare needs.

Until next time,

Much love from Sami x

 

 

With thanks to… About.com


SamiSami Blackford is an Holistic Skincare Specialist, the force of passion behind Love Yourself Naturally, and founder of the Freyaluna natural skincare brand.

After battling acne for many years, Sami finally found the secret path to clear and healthy skin, and she has since made it her mission to reach out to women around the world and help them along the same journey. Using a unique blend of natural skincare, nutrition and lifestyle advice, and a caring nature, she guides women to the healthy skin they deserve to see reflected in the mirror.


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  4. The fat that occurs naturally in cocoa beans, gives chocolate its distinctive smoothness and “melt-in-the-mouth” texture. Research has shown that cocoa butter, despite its high saturated fat content, does not raise blood cholesterol levels as do other saturated fats. This is due to its high stearic acid content. Stearic acid, one of the principal fatty acids in cocoa butter, has been found to be used in the body differently, in that it may reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood.

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  6. Have found that pure cocoa butter will also ‘firm’ the skin all over applying with a gentle massage. Will also increase and firm your breast size by massaging just under the breasts in an ‘upwards motion’, then around the breasts (not over), and then around and up to the armpits, maintaining the upwards motion as you massage. ‘Do this’ at least once a day, and you will see the results within a short period of time. It works very quickly. Tip: Take your time, do not rush through it.

  7. after reading your article on th benfits of cocoa butter on the skin,i just bought a full litre of unrefined cocoa butter.i m sur it will do lots of good vn to my hair.thanks alot

  8. Wow! I always knew about the Cocoa bean… Never knew that it grew like this in a gourd type fruit with 30-40 beans inside ?! Learn something new everyday. That’s awesome and creepy with all the slimey connective tissues Lol. That’s sure is some rich and healthy stuff indeed! What a blessing from God. Thank you for sharing!

  9. You can use only cocoa butter for shaving or mix it with shaving lotion. With cocoa butter shaving is comfortable, and the skin is incredibly soft after.

  10. I actually ordered a raw one from Amazon and I’m impressed with the result on my skin. I’m a smoker and my face started to look dull and now after using it on my face every night and sleep with it overnight the result is unbelievable. My face now looks fresh and it glows. I recommend for everyone to try it.

  11. My friend gave me some raw cocoa butter mixed with unrefined shea butter to use on my face. I had a very small patch of eczema on my face. I’ve been using it every day for a week and the eczema is almost gone. Not to mention my skin is really soft.

  12. I noticed how you said Cocoa Butter can help with Psoriasis, I have it on my head and it is a pain. Is there an easy way to use Coca Butter for my hair and head? Is there like a shampoo that could help with Psoriasis that is made of Coca Butter?? I am very curious and willing to try new things because I was born with it and can’t find ways to help it, certain creams don’t work, certain shampoos don’t work, so I wonder if a natural thing like Coca Butter would help. Please if you have any information please let me know by email I am eager to learn more and how to help control my psoriasis. Thank you! :)

    • Or of course on here as well for insight. I have also been to skin doctors and then have gave me cream and shampoos that don’t work. So I’m hoping something as natural as Coca Butter can help. Thanks in advance! :)

  13. I have just purchased raw cocoa fpr face ..i put it in the microwave for two minutes..and work it in my skun, is this the correct method.because otherwise the block of raw cocoa is to hard to put on skin..welcome comments!!

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