Cacao – Skin Care benefits
Cacao Skin Care Benefits – Cacao is a happy superfood powerhouse with amazing health benefits.
Cacao is the seeds or nuts of the Cacao tree. It is the purest form of chocolate and is raw and less processed than cocoa powder and chocolate bars. Its Greek name, Theobroma Cacao translates to the “food of the gods”. Processed chocolate with roasted cocoa, sugar, milk and other ingredients that turn it into solid food. While processed chocolate may taste delicious, the benefits of Cacao is only found in the raw form. Raw, organic, fair traded Cacao is known as a superfood powerhouse which has amazing health benefits.
Cacao seed butter is one of our beautiful natural ingredients in our organic beauty products. This gorgeous ingredient has many benefits for your skin. Cacao seed butter is one of the most potent skin healers, offering super hydration, keeping the skin supple and moist. Not only does it help nourish the skin, but it also smells delicious.
Read on about the fantastic benefits of Cacao, and why you should be adding it to your diet every day. Also here are a few reasons why you should be soaking up the benefits of Cacao seed butter, highlighting our favourite Cacao treats for your skin.
What is so good about Cacao? Nutritional benefits and uses.
The benefits of raw organic Cacao are awesome: it gives you loads of energy, been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, protects your cells from oxidative damage and inflammation, regulates blood sugar, cleanses your blood, detoxifies your liver, a natural appetite suppressant and keeps you focused and alert.
Cacao beans are highly nutritious, rich in nutrients like magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, sulfur, copper, manganese and also it contains healthy fats. It also as high levels of polyphenol antioxidants, like in green tea and red wine, which protect our cells from premature aging. According to the Journal of Nutrition, drinking Cacao gives you glowing skin and improved skin texture; also German scientists found that it may protect against harmful UV rays.
Cacao is a “happy” superfood with high sources of bliss chemicals – serotonin, dopamine, anandamide, and phenylethylamine. These pleasure chemicals are associated with fuzzy feelings of well-being and happiness. A natural anti-depressant which makes you feel like you are on top of the world.
How to use raw in your diet.
Raw Cacao powder can be added to a mug of plant-based milk with a natural organic sweetener such as coconut sugar or maple syrup. Or whizz raw Cacao powder or nibs into your smoothie, or to make a yummy hot chocolate. Use Cacao butter and Cacao powder with an added natural sweetener to make your own chocolate. It is also great to add to protein balls or nut bases to hold them together and can be used in the place of coconut oil. Use Cacao nibs to add a lovely crunch to muffins, add to your favourite granola mix for breakfast, put them in your ice-cream or as a topping on your favourite dessert.
Note – it is advised that dairy products block the absorption of antioxidants and calcium in Cacao.
Read our resource links below and learn more about the health benefits of Cacao.
Seed Butter for the skin.
There are so many benefits of Cacao seed butter for the skin; this gorgeous organic ingredient is one of our favourites. Have a read of our favourite treats that provides amazing results for your skin.
Cacao seed butter is one of the most potent skin healers, and very protective. With its natural source of antioxidants and saturated fatty acids which are especially beneficial for healing dry, cracked skin. Cacao seed butter helps to reduce the appearance of marks, scars and stretch marks. Using products that contain Cacao seed butter regularly contributes to speed up your skin’s regeneration. The ingredients in our body balms are clean and organic, no synthetics or artificial anything. You will love how your skin will feel, supple and hydrated, plus they smell delicious.
Treats for your skin.
Our Ananda Life Sweet Harmony Luxe Body Butter Intensive Cacao which looks almost good enough to eat, is so perfect for dehydrated skin. It’s a beautiful whip cream with super moisturizing Shea butter, jojoba oil, and coconut oil. It melts serum-like on contact with the skin without any greasy feeling. The new champion of anti-aging skincare, Cacay oil is added into the formulation for its high amount of natural Retinol, which is a component known to reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone.
Intensive Cacao is a sweet-smelling vanilla body butter balanced out with essential oils of lavender and absolute rose. Your skin will soak up this Lavender vanilla-scented curls of butter.
We instantly fell in love with our Meenoo Organics body mousse, such beautiful moisturisers. With a luxurious soft whipped texture that is fluffy and soft, easy to spread, absorbs fast, and feels so lovely and non-greasy on the skin. The aromas are divine.
Annmarie Charcoal Cacao Mask is an anti-oxidant detoxifying treatment for all skin types. Activated charcoal, has the extraordinary ability to draw dirt and other micro-impurities from your pores, deeply clarifies the look of your skin when applied topically. They source their super- fine, highly absorbent charcoal powder from coconut shells.
White Willow Bark Extract contains Salicin that works to gently exfoliate the skin, revealing a clearer complexion. Tannins to tighten and tone the look of the skin, reducing pore visibility and excess oil. Flavonoids that recharge our skin with their abundance of antioxidants, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.
This wonder bark can really assist all skin types. For those with oily and blemish-prone skin, white willow will balance and remove surface build-up, while those with dry and mature skin can count on it’s gentle exfoliation for softening and evening out the skin’s texture.
For sensitive skin, it’s impressive soothing effect is like wrapping your skin in a cool compress, easing the look of temporary redness with every application.
Protects the skin against the drying effects of the sun, wind or cold.
The velvety smooth texture of Cacao seed butter is perfect to use for dry, chapped lips.
Our Metta Coconut lip balm contains a beautiful protective blend of Jojoba, Sweet almond oil, Coconut oil, Cocoa butter, and Calendula. With the divine smell of cocoa butter ( tastes YUMMY) and the signature lavender scent; lavender is a great healer due to its antibacterial properties. Its consistency is not too heavy and it absorbs very well and glides on nicely onto your lips, making your lips feeling soft and comfortable. As it is very nourishing it keeps your lips moisturized for a long time and the scent is not overpowering.
Annmarie Antioxidant Lip Balm is a customer favourite ( not vegan as it contains beeswax ) with olive oil, sea buckthorn fruit oil, buriti fruit oil and rosehip fruit oil.
A beautiful natural moisturizer that improves and strengthens the barrier function of the skin.
With its restorative qualities, it encourages skin healing and is soothing, which makes it great if you have eczema, sensitive skin or psoriasis.
You will find organic cacao butter in beautiful handmade soaps. A perfect alternative ingredient to using palm oil. They are ideal for sensitive skin. Cacao seed butter gives you a smoother shave and reduces the chances of irritation or razor burn. Your skin will be super soft after shaving. Cacao has a high content of antioxidants which fight the signs of ageing. It improves skin elasticity and skin tone.
Cacao Seed Butter is one ingredient that you will find in your natural sunscreen as it does offer some natural sun protection.
If you are looking for safe sun protection for your complexion, you will love our Annmarie Natural Broad Spectrum SPF 20, Sun Love. With 15% non-nano Zinc Oxide, beeswax, and rich oils, it is a fantastic moisturizer that absorbs well, and this product glides onto your skin beautifully. Mineral oxides give Sun Love a subtle tint. It is great to use on its own or blend it with your favourite mineral powder foundation. We love the delicious scent and how it plumps the look of our skin and makes it touchably soft. Sun Love will leave your skin moisturized, nourished and protected from the sun. You can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the harmful chemicals found in most sunscreens.
Are you a fan of Cacao? We would love to hear from you.