Benefits of Cocoa Butter

by suranee69

Cocoa Butter is used by women in many parts of the world to reduce stretch marks, scars and to treat chapped lips. Read this article to find how you too can benefit from using it.

In Central and South America including Africa there is a unique tree which has brought forth a special kind of seed consumed for thousands of years. The tree is the Theobroma cacao which produces oval shaped pods that turn yellow, orange or red when ripe. Inside each pod are around 20 to 50 seeds called cacao seeds.

The Mayans would extract these seeds and consume it in the form of a drink. Years later when the Aztecs discovered cacao beans they used it as currency as well as to make a frothy drink similar to the one the Mayans consumed.

Chocolate Sweet Cocoa

What does Cacao Beans Contain?

Today cacao beans are the main ingredient used to make chocolate.

Decades of research done on cacao beans reveal the beans are packed with anti-oxidants which has the potential to promote healthy skin.

Cacao beans are also found to contain phenylethylamine and anandamide. These two chemicals stimulate feelings of cheerfulness and puts one in high spirits when depressed. This may explain why some people who are feeling down claim they tend to feel better after eating chocolates.


What is Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa beans contain a natural fat called cocoa butter which is also called theobroma oil. Cocoa butter is a light yellowish to ivory color and is quite costly.

Today cocoa butter is high valued in the beauty and skin industry for it’s packed with healing properties which are beneficial to the skin. Cocoa butter has become one of the most sought after skin moisturizers having the ability to treat a variety of skin problems. It's used to reduce stretch marks, chapped lips, scars and dry skin.


How to Use Cocoa Butter

Soaking in a warm bath with a piece of cocoa butter added to it will leave your skin glowing and feeling smooth and supple.

For those of you who have scars massage some cocoa butter on the area for a few minutes. Do this after a hot shower or bath since the skin will absorb the butter more effectively. Follow this treatment twice day. The cocoa butter will help to reduce the visibility of the scar.

If you have stretch marks massage some cocoa butter on the area after a hot shower or bath. Do this treatment twice a day.

Cocoa butter is not a miracle cure to completely get rid of scars and stretch marks. It’s known only to reduce the size of scars and stretch marks.


Palmers Cocoa Butter

Palmers Cocoa Butter Massage Stretch Mark Cream is a brand ideal to use for the treatment of stretch marks. Although some people recommend Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion for Stretch Marks I've personally found the cream variety to be more effective.

To reduce the visibility of scars Palmers Cocoa Butter Scar Serum is a popular brand that can be used.

Updated: 11/12/2012, suranee69
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