Cocoa - the sweet side of the skin care
Cocoa is one of the sweetest delights for the senses and a real test of the will during diet. But if there are some recommendations in regard to the cocoa products you have to comply with, you can satisfy your hunger for sweets in another, quite affordable way- through cosmetic products containing cocoa. Explore the sweet side of the skin care, which will make your body feel better, too.
Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) is a small tree that originates from South America, but today is grown throughout the world, mainly in regions with tropical climate such as West Africa. As an agricultural crop it is known since 4000 years, when it was used for medicinal, culinary and religious purposes. The Aztecs were adding it to the tobacco.
The main sources of raw material in cocoa tree are its seeds "huddled" in large pods. They contain about 50% oil, which is extracted and used as a superb vegetable agent and crushed they turn into the well-known cocoa powder, which has numerous health benefits.
The cacao in your favorite chocolate desserts is extremely rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce the free radical damage in the environment, thus protecting the body from many diseases, including diabetes and heart attack.
It also strengthens the cardio-vascular system, lowers the blood pressure and cholesterol, calms the brain and improves mood. The latter is largely due to the specific smell and taste of the cocoa that stimulate the production of the happiness hormones.
In the cosmetics industry the cocoa – powdered or as oil is present in all kinds of products for face and body. Due to the abundance of nutrients in its composition it makes the skin thick, healthy and radiant, effectively fights the signs of aging, and supports the sun tanning while neutralizing the harmful effects of the sun. One of its most valuable ingredients is caffeine, which besides that tightens the pores and keeps elastin and collagen in norm, effectively breaks the fatty deposits of cellulite.
What are the other benefits of cocoa as a cosmetic ingredient?
- Helps the restoration of the cells
- Neutralizes the free radicals
- A powerful anti-aging agent
- Reduces stretch marks and cellulite
- Hydrates, tightens and softens in depth
- Eliminates puffiness
- Relieves and reduces irritation in sensitive skin
- Cures skin problems such as eczema and dermatitis
Since an excessive amount of pure cocoa butter, can clog the pores and cause the formation of comedones, it is best to include it in your beauty regimen through suitable cosmetic product, where the cocoa is just as much as needed to have only positive effect. Soon you will see that if you trust the sweet side of the skin care, all your senses will be equally satisfied. And your figure will be improved, too.