Cocoa butter is an extremely healing, natural product that works wonders for nourishing the skin. That’s why it’s one MANDA Organic Sun Paste’s essential ingredients. While cocoa butter has tons of amazing health benefits, we’re breaking down our top 5 benefits of cocoa butter for the skin.
Heals Dry Skin
Because cocoa butter is so high in saturated fatty acids (mainly stearic acid & palmitic acid), it easily penetrates deep into the skin and moisturizes from within. Saturated fats have the added bonus of remaining on the skin for hours, so they’re even more effective for healing cracked skin and other skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and skin irritation.
Great for Sensitive Skin
Produced by nature, cocoa butter naturally causes less irritation to sensitive skin than chemical-based products as it’s free of additives, fragrances, colors, and dyes. Of course, if you suffer from sensitive skin or any type of skin condition, always perform a patch test to make sure you have no negative reactions. For more information about all-natural skincare ingredients perfect for sensitive skin, read our blog “MANDA: Your Essential Sensitive Skin Sunscreen.”
Fights Signs of Aging
Cocoa butter is packed with vitamins (particularly lots of Vitamin E), minerals, omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants. The density of polyphenol and flavonoid antioxidants found in cocoa butter has the power to reduce free radicals, wrinkles, age marks, and scars. Polyphenols have also been shown to improve skin tone and elasticity by increasing collagen production and hydration.
Soothes Burns & Rashes
Cocoa butter offers quick, soothing and aromatic relief when applied to psoriasis, eczema or rashes. This is largely due to the cocoa mass polyphenols found in cocoa butter, which have also been shown to soothe skin suffering from burns and other conditions.
Cocoa butter is a rich emollient substance, meaning its soothing and softening properties work to make lips supple. It also adds extra hydration to the lips, which helps to negate the effects of harsh conditions like hot and cold temperatures, wind and sun damage, which can leave your lips dry and chapped.
All of these benefits are exactly why we’ve included this superfood as one of MANDA’s essential ingredients. Let us know what your favorite benefit of cocoa butter is in the comments below!
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