Moisturising your body is important throughout the year, but it gains a special significance in the colder months, as the lower temperatures & decreased humidity can really steal the moisture out of your skin. The first step in keeping your skin soft & supple is to stay well hydrated, but it’s also important to find a good external moisturiser.
During a bit of research I came across Cocoa Butter as an ingredient & I was amazed at the benefits it offers. So today’s post is going to be all about cocoa butter, & why it’s so good for your skin.
What is Cocoa Butter?
Cocoa butter is a natural vegetable fat (sometimes called theobroma oil) that is extracted from the cacao bean. It’s one of the main ingredients used to make chocolate but has a variety of other uses as well. It is solid at room temperature but melts easily in your mouth or hands & naturally has a long shelf life too, without the use of any artificial preservatives.
Cocoa Butter for Skin
Cocoa butter is a great emollient, it’s thick & rich properties mean that it penetrates deep into the layers of your skin, providing a great source of moisture especially in parts of skin prone to dryness & roughness such as elbows & knees. It’s also known to be especially effective against scars & stretch marks – it may not outright make existing scars or stretch marks disappear, but regular use can firstly prevent them from occurring & can also help them fade over time.
Raw Cocoa Butter isn’t that hard to come across. It’s usually available in chunks & can be used directly on your skin after being warmed up between fingers.
Skincare enriched with the goodness of Cocoa Butter
I know that many people (me included) wouldn’t be so enthusiastic to use raw cocoa butter on a daily basis – the process is more time consuming & while it might be great on a weekend where I have extra time, the best solution for everyday is to choose a lotion enriched with this magical ingredient!
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been using Himalaya Herbals Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion. Himalaya is a brand I trust a lot – their products are natural, affordable & easily available too.
The lotion has a light cocoa smell that is intoxicating & the thicker consistency does an excellent job of moisturising skin wonderfully. It keeps skin feeling soft for a longer period, because I hate it when I use a lotion & my skin is dry within a couple of hours. If you’re looking for a body lotion enriched with the magic of cocoa butter, I’d highly recommend this one!
I hope this post helped you know a bit more about the origin & benefits of Cocoa Butter. Have you ever used it? Do share your experience in the comments. x