If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of cocoa butter and see it listed as an ingredient in many lotions and other skincare products. It’s a fat that is derived from cocoa beans; the beans are removed from the large cacao plant to be roasted, pressed, and stripped to remove the fat. It’s been used in medication for about 3,000 years, and it was also used as currency by the Mayans and Aztecs. Scientists have found that it has phytochemicals, which can keep the skin and body healthy.
Because cocoa butter has a high fatty acid content, it can nourish and hydrate the skin, as well as improve elasticity. The fats in the butter help to provide a protective layer to hold in more moisture. The phytochemicals can help improve blood flow and can slow the aging process by protecting your skin from the harmful sun’s UV rays. It can also be used to smooth out the appearance of wrinkles and scars, as well as other marks. Many women use cocoa butter as a lotion before/during pregnancy to help prevent and reduce the look of stretch marks. It is also known to help reduce irritation for people with dermatitis and eczema.
While there is little research that proves it can do all this for the skin (and more), many people have used it for such and had excellent results. It has no real side effects, so it can’t harm you, and it is going to moisturise and nourish the skin. N-essentials offers two types of cocoa butter, including deodorised and unrefined, pure versions. The unrefined version has a scent of cocoa butter while the deodorised version is scentless. Regardless of the type you choose, it comes to you in small, broken chunks. That way, you can use it as you see fit.