The Benefits of Cocoa Butter to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

If cocoa butter isn’t already a part of your beauty routine, here’s why you should make this versatile product a staple.

byLauren Brown West-Rosenthal| PUBLISHED Jan 11, 2021 4:47 PM
The Benefits of Cocoa Butter to Keep Your Skin Hydrated
Enjoy the sweet smell and soft skin that comes standard with cocoa butter. Sora Shimazaki/Pexels

If cocoa butter isn’t already in your arsenal of daily beauty products, that’s all about to change. Rife with fatty acids and rich in antioxidants, cocoa butter is healing, soothing, hydrating, and anti-aging. Many women swear by it for easing irritated skin during and after pregnancy too. So if you’re new to this powerhouse of a product or just need to stock up on some more, here’s how to start using it like a boss.

Made from high-quality, plant-based ingredients for super softening power.

Truth be told, many pregnant women are adamant that cocoa butter creams, oils, and butters keep their skin smooth and stretch-mark-free during and after pregnancy. While there’s no definitive research that it actually does reduce those pesky marks, it’s a fact that cocoa butter smells good and feels luxurious. So, there’s no harm in soothing your skin whether pregnant or not!

This is solid at room temperature but melts to the touch of fingertips and naturally soaks into skin.

If you want to know exactly what’s in your products before putting on your body—and you enjoy the DIY experience—unrefined cocoa butter bars are key. A piece of whole, unrefined cocoa butter melted in hot water creates instant lip ointments, creams, and lotions that are as natural as you can get. You can even combine cocoa butter with oils (such as coconut or vitamin E) to create moisturizing shampoos and salves too.

This provides 48-hour deep nourishing moisture.

You want your cocoa butter products to be gentle on your skin even though they go on thick. When using cocoa butter in a whipped or cream form, apply a generous amount on your body one to two times a day. After a shower is an ideal time because the dampness of your skin will help retain moisture.