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.

Applying cocoa butter to legs to make them smooth.
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.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Complete Stretch Mark and Pregnancy Skin Care Kit

Soothing Self Care Package

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

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!

Organic Cocoa Butter (1 lb), USDA Certified by Mary Tylor Naturals Raw Unrefined, Non-Deodorized, Rich In Antioxidants for DIY Recipes, Lip Balms, Lotions, Creams, Stretch Marks

Best Homemade Benefits

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

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.

NIVEA Cocoa Butter Body Cream 15.5 Oz

Instantly Relieves Dry Skin

This provides 48-hour deep nourishing moisture.Nivea

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.