The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word cocoa is (obviously!) chocolate. That’s why it may come as a surprise to you that cocoa does more than just fill a table with sinful goodies. Yes, it’s true—the product of the popular cacao plant can even give you supple, glowing skin! If you’re wondering how the benefits of cocoa can your skin, read on to know all about it.
Where does cocoa originate from?
 

Where does cocoa originate from?

Cocoa (or cacao) trees are native to tropical countries, like those of South America. When ripe, cocoa pods and their beans are reaped. Once these beans are processed, cocoa is born in its powdered form, which is then used in numerous industries, including beauty.

What are the benefits of cocoa?
 

What are the benefits of cocoa?

This may be news to you but cocoa is actually rich in nutrients that are excellent for the body. You’d be surprised to learn that cocoa is even richer in antioxidants than green tea or red wine! The best part about it is that the antioxidant rich substance can be hugely beneficial for anti-ageing and sun damage.

Cocoa is also rich in flavonoids, which lends a helping hand to the heart by keeping it ticking smoothly and preventing cardiovascular disease. These flavonols also improve blood circulation and increase oxygen saturation for your skin to stay healthier.

How can cocoa be used for our skin?
 

How can cocoa be used for our skin?

The good news is cocoa can be used in your skin care routine with a homemade face pack for dull, tired skin. To do so, mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of milk cream. Combine and apply this paste over your face and neck. Leave it for 40 minutes and wash off with warm water. The antioxidant rich cocoa will give your skin a glow while the honey and milk cream will nourish it deeply.

To get the benefit of cocoa for the rest of your body, there’s one simple solution and it lies in the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow Body Lotion. Not only does it smell delicious but it also brings out the benefit of cocoa in its Pure Cocoa Butter. With its Stratys 3 multi-layer moisture, the lotion reaches 3 layers deep into the skin so that it stays moisturised and radiant.

*Source: Cornell University

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