Ingredient Spotlight : Cocoa & Cocoa Butter

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Simple is often the best when it comes to beauty and by simple I mean: one ingredient beauty. Each ingredient offered by nature is unique and beneficial for skin in its own way. Hence, I have dedicated this series “Ingredient Spotlight ” to particular ingredients you must incorporate into your skincare routine.

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Today, I am back with an all-new ingredient (think chocolate..), basically two ingredients made from a single source i.e. CACAO.

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      I am sure you all must have used either cacao beans or cocoa butter in some point of your life. Well, who can survive without chocolate? 

Cacao Beans/Powder

These small beans pack a major punch in the mood-lifting &  energy-boosting department. Loaded with nearly unbelievable levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, they are a perfect and of course yummiest addition to your health during chilly weather. Hot chocolate anyone?

Buttt, are you guys aware that there is a difference between cacao and cocoa? If not, you can have full information on this here.  According to the article I linked, none of them is bad but its just the way how you use them. For dairy purpose, cacao is more better. I am not going to dig in minute details, as I am talking about cacao for skincare here.

Why you need Cacao for skincare?

Besides being the nutritional powerhouse, cacao powder can be added to your skincare routine as well for its anti-aging, healing and rejuvenating properties. Having a good amount of vitamin C and magnesium, Cacao improves the skin tone and protects skin from damage caused by pollution. It contains omega 6 fatty acids, which helps in cellular healing, hence it might help heal scars quickly by repairing skin cells.

I did not know this before I read deeply about cacao powder. It can be used for hair as well. Did you know this before?

Since cacao is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in minimizing scalp infections. With magnesium to help in increasing blood circulation in your scalp, Cacao can be beneficial in hair growth: happiness!

Ways to use Cacao in skincare

If you are not someone who would prefer doing too many efforts, simply buy yourself  a pack of cacao powder and mix it with plain water (or any other ingredient like curd/rosewater/honey) whichever suits you the best and apply all over your scalp and face for a deeply nourishing treatment for your hair and skin.

DIY CACAO FACE SCRUB

This recipe will make a perfect festive season gift too. And..it smells heavenly.

You’ll need :

  • 1 cup Cacao Beans
  • 1 cup Rose Petals Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 10 drops essential oil of choice (optional)

Directions:

Add cacao beans and rose petals powder to a mixer to form a granulated paste blended well with rose petals powder.

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Now add honey and essential oils, mix well and store in a jar. This scrub can be used for 2-3 months if kept away from moisture and water.

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This scrub is smooth and gentle enough to be used by any skin type, including sensitive ones.

Cocoa Butter

Made after aggressively roasting and grinding cacao beans, cocoa butter has a mind soothing chocolaty scent which can refresh anyone’s mood instantly. In scientific terms, cocoa butter is known theobroma oil which is a pale-yellow, edible vegetable fat extracted from the cacao beans. Since its melting point is just below human body temperature, it starts melting as soon as you take it your hand.

I found making of cocoa butter quite interesting. You can watch and read all about it here.

Why you need Cocoa Butter for skincare?

Containing a multitude of vitamins, including A, B1, B2, B3, C, and E, cocoa butter is highly emollient, which makes it a fantastic moisturizer for dry or damaged skin and can aid in healing various skin issues like eczema or psoriasis.  If you are simply looking for a good moisturizer, the high vitamin content in cocoa butter provides deep nourishment for skin and hair when applied topically, either as a lotion or deep conditioner.

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Ways to use Cocoa Butter in skincare

You can melt it down and combine it with other oils to be used in DIY beauty recipes, like the one below. Use it after sun, after showering, or whenever your skin is feeling particularly parched. Apply it on your lips, face, and body.

Cocoa butter has been known to assist with the prevention of stretch marks, especially in pregnant women, to use it in the manner, apply liberally as your baby bump grows to keep your skin soft and supple.

DIY WHIPPED COCOA BUTTER FOR SKIN AND HAIR

Use this whipped creamy butter as a body butter, lip balm or hair balm to tame frizziness if you have extremely dry/rough hair.

You’ll need:

  • 1 bowl Cocoa Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba Oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oil of choice (optional)

Directions:

  • Place cocoa butter in a bowl nested in another bowl filled with warm water. Once it melts, place the bowl in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  • Now add essential oil and jojoba oil to this and whisk it until all ingredients are combined and it forms a creamy butter.
  • Store in a glass jar.

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  1. Superb article. Long one but loved reading it. Try adding more pics to other articles as well. It develops interest to read

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