Cocoa butter is the natural edible fat of cocoa bean. It is a derivative of great importance due to its chemical composition, and physical characteristics.
Composed of a combination of palmitic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid, cocoa butter has properties unmatched by any other type of vegetable fat because it is highly stable, has a smooth texture and is still rich in antioxidants.
This arouses interest in its use as a raw material in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.
Cocoa Butter Properties
To produce cocoa butter, cocoa fruit must be ripe, fermented, dried, roasted and pressed. Through this process, the butter is extracted – a solid, dry, semi-yellowish fat.
Moisturizer: Being rich in vegetable fatty acids.
Softener: Ability to soften the skin. Therefore, it serves to treat callosities, for example.
Anti-aging: Thanks to the presence of polyphenols, cocoa butter has antioxidant properties. Therefore, it counteracts the action of free radicals in the body that trigger cellular aging. Palmers Cocoa Butter Lotion also relieves the sting of sunburn.
Anti-inflammatory: Strengthens and protects the skin from infections, and inflammation.
Healing: contributes to the restoration and regeneration of wounds and dryness on the skin and lips.
Uses of Cocoa Butter
Due to its soft texture, it is in various foods such as butters, cheeses, candies, ice cream and especially chocolates. The oleic acid present in cocoa butter can help lower bad cholesterol, preventing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
It has moisturizing and emollient properties. It recovers the oiliness of the tissue lost during dryness caused by sun exposure or excessive cold. Being an excellent moisturizer, it is easily absorbed by the skin, reaching the deepest layers, making it softer.
It is also capable of regenerating the hair fiber leaving it soft and supple. Thus, cocoa butter is used in the manufacture of moisturizing creams and lotions and soaps, and shampoos.
Benefits to Hair
A large amount of fatty acids ensures the restoration of the lipid barrier, improving the retention of water within the hair, protecting it from external damage, being especially useful for very dry, thicker, curly and / or curly hair. If you want to get healthy hair, you can use Palmer's Coconut Oil Leave-in Conditioner.
It is a very useful product that delivers an incredible result for very dry hair because it ensures softness and smoothness. This spray offers the proper style for your hair. It is sulfate and paraben free product.
It is more suitable for extreme dryness, but helps a little in porosity. And, for those who have curly and longer hair, it helps to "shape" the hair, leaving the most beautiful curls.
General Health Benefits
Cocoa butter can be consumed in moderation and can have many health benefits. Saturated fats are great for helping to reduce cardiovascular disease. It is considered an anti-inflammatory food.
The polyphenols in cocoa butter help reduce the risk of inflammation in atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. They fight inflammation, DNA damage, and against cellular mutations that cause cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
Polyphenols further aid in improving skin elasticity, collagen production and toning. Improves mood by increasing endorphin and serotonin levels. Combats constipation and improves bowel functions.
Combats atherosclerosis (hardening of the veins) due to the action of polyphenols and their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cocoa butter is perfect for treating and preventing dryness, eczema and dermatitis. It is considered a lip balm due to its moisturizing process and can also be mixed with essential oils.
Cocoa butter is emollient, creating a protective layer on the skin of the lips against low temperatures and sun drying. Cocoa butter is an excellent skin moisturizer as it is a great source of natural antioxidants found in cocoa beans.
Saturated fats are especially beneficial for healing dry, and cracked skin because they are easily absorbed and remain in the skin for hours. It is highly recommended for sensitive skin that may be allergic to other types of moisturizing treatments, such as face skin or baby skin.
Assists in the process of skin collagen production, being responsible for the elastic capacity of our tissue. Thus, the skin becomes more toned and elastic, providing a soft, healthy and youthful look.
The results obtained from a scientific study show that cocoa polyphenols exhibit a positive action on skin tone and elasticity.
Read the label to see if your formulation is really pure, and without the addition of other oils. Give preference to pure and organic cocoa butter. You find cocoa butter in health food stores, cereal stores or emporiums in both physical and virtual stores.
To make sure you are getting real cocoa butter, check your color. It is not very yellow in color, but lighter. When it comes to cosmetics, and beauty products, always choose Palmer’s hair products.