As cooler temperatures move in and humidity drops, skin can become dehydrated, leading to a compromised skin barrier, which contributes to moisture loss and sensitivity. The wind is another factor often underestimated during the colder months, whipping away moisture and leaving sore, chapped complexions in its wake.
As the summer holiday glow starts to fade, consumers start looking for intense moisturising solutions that will keep their skin hydrated and ready for the cold, harsh winter months.
Cocoa Butter, the all-natural and emollient-rich ingredient, offers a powerhouse of benefits that will uplift skin and personal care formulations. Its skin-loving attributes offer strong nourishing benefits that could add significant advantages to your new product portfolio.
Cocoa Butter is primarily sourced in the tropical regions of the equator where hot, humid conditions are ideal for growing cocoa beans. West Africa in particular favours growing conditions for this light, yellow vegetable fat. During processing, Cocoa beans are put through various steps including fermentation, drying, roasting, stripping, and pressing to extract their valuable compounds.
Winter skin challenges
Human skin likes consistency, so seasonal changes can be problematic for consumers as fluctuations in weather take their toll on the epidermis. As drier, cold weather kicks in, the skin often has to work harder to stay hydrated.
As a super emollient, Cocoa Butter contains high amounts of fatty acids, which make it well-suited as a primary ingredient in skin creams that hydrate and nourish the skin.
The fat in Cocoa Butter creates a protective barrier that holds in moisture and prevents the skin from drying out. Harsh UV rays during winter can also cause damage, particularly to a skin’s texture, but the phytochemicals found in Cocoa Butter may protect the skin against harmful UV rays, possibly lowering skin cancer risk.
Benefits & Applications
- Intense hydrating boost – as an emollient, Cocoa Butter forms a thin layer on the skin’s surface, reducing trans-epidermal water loss. This allows the skin to retain moisture but without a greasy after feeling.1
- Helps improve skin elasticity – polyphenol compounds in Cocoa can positively affect the skin’s ability to stretch and retract which is intricately linked to the ageing process.
- Ideal for sensitive skin – as a stable fat, Cocoa Butter is a beautiful soothing ingredient and is well tolerated by most skin types including those consumers suffering from dry skin or eczema.
- Rich in natural antioxidants – Cocoa Butter can assist in fighting free radicals that can damage the skin by offsetting environmental factors that contribute to premature ageing.
A versatile product, Cocoa Butter is the perfect addition to skin and body hydrating products, lotions, and lip balms.2
At Kerfoot, our Cocoa Butter is authentic, fully traceable, and certified to the highest independent standards, including BRC Global Standard for Food and Consumers Goods and Soil Association Organic Manufacturing standards.
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