cocoa butter

Plant Extracts , Emollients

Oil extracted from cocoa beans, used as an emollient and with properties similar to those of other non-fragrant plant oils. Cocoa butter is a rich source of antioxidant polyphenols; in vitro research shows it helps improve skin elasticity and promotes healthy collagen production. [1] Contrary to popular belief, topical application of cocoa butter during pregnancy does not prevent or reduce the number of stretch marks. [2, 3]

References Cited:

  1. Gasser P, Lati E, Peno-Mazzarino L, Bouzoud D, Allegaert L, Bernaert H. Cocoa polyphenols and their influence on parameters involved in ex vivo skin restructuring. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2008;30(5):339-45.
  2. Buchanan K, Fletcher H, Reid M. Prevention of striae gravidarum with cocoa butter cream. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2010;108(1):65-8.
  3. Osman H, Usta I, Rubeiz N, Abu-Rustum R, Charara I, Nassar A. Cocoa butter lotion for prevention of striae gravidarum: a double-blind, randomised and placebo-controlled trial. BJOG. 2008;115(9):1138-42.
See natural moisturizing factor (NMF)

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