Please Pass the Butter
I don’t know too many people who dislike chocolate. When it comes to truffles, ice cream, candy bars, cupcakes –you name it– add some chocolate to it and it moves to the top of my list. One thing however I’ve never considered doing with chocolate is smearing it on my face. Until now. Well, not exactly chocolate, but one of its main components, cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter has a long history as an excellent personal care product. It’s emollient characteristics are hard to match, which is why it has become a base for so many lotions, soaps, and cosmetics. It is also one of the most stable fats known and is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. These qualities have led to its use not just as a component, but as a main player in the skin care field.
Cocoa butter has been used to treat eczema and dermatitis. The cocoa mass polyphenol in cocoa butter inhibits the production of immunoglobulin, which tends to worsen the symptoms of dermatitis. It also goes a long way in re-hydrating dried or distressed skin, which is what brought it to my attention.
As a CPAP user, my face is subject to pressures the ordinary person doesn’t have to contend with, mainly the pressure exerted on it by my CPAP mask and straps. After a night of this I wake up with indented marks where my straps once sat. It reminds me of a corny old joke: Did you hear about the corduroy pillowcases? They’re making all the headlines!
Rather than leaving the house looking like an unwrapped Egyptian mummy, I decided to investigate my options, which led me to cocoa butter. The emollient abilities of it allow it to quickly penetrate my skin and re-inflate those areas that have been indented by my CPAP mask. It goes on quickly and smoothly, and doesn’t carry an annoying fragrance. It’s important to note that I’m referring to a 100% pure cocoa butter product, not a mish-mash of ingredients that contain some cocoa butter.
It’s nice to find yet another beneficial use for “chocolate”. While I won’t be chomping down on my cocoa butter stick anytime soon, my face now thanks me for the attention its been getting. And I say “you’re welcome” by rewarding it with a chocolate cupcake.