Cacao and why it’s not just good for your health but great for you skin!!
Since it is Easter weekend I thought I would write a little bit about the amazing benefits of cacao.
Firstly what is the difference between cacao and cocoa. It is really simple but extremely important.
Cacao is the rawest form of chocolate. It is the least processed and purest, meaning it retains most of its nutrients. It comes from the cacao fruit tree also known as Theobroma Cacao and that is how you will see it listed in cosmetic ingredients. The tree produces pods that are opened to reveal the cacoa beans. The cacao butter (another loved ingredient) is the fattiest part of the fruit making up its outer lining. This is removed and the remaning part of the fruit is either cold pressed to produce cacoa powder or chopped into cacoa nibs.
Cacoa is thought to be higher in antioxidants and magnesium then any other food. It's an excellent source of fibre, monosaturated fats, vitamins and minerals.
Cocoa comes from the same place the only difference is the beans have gone through the extra process of being heated. Although still good for you this process unfortunately destroys a lot of the living enzymes in the plant making it an inferior product to its raw un-roasted version.
So why should I put it on my face??…
So we have already learnt that cacoa is high in antioxidants. It is the same group found in green tea and red wine. Amazingly raw organic cacao has 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Antioxidants defend your body against free radicals which damage our cells. Free radicals which damage the skin cells are mainly produced by enviromental exposure to pollution and UV rays. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radical damage so can help fight ageing and even repair previous damage.
Cacao also contains vitamin c which our skin needs to produce collagen. It is also an antioxidant which helps prevent and treat photo-damage caused by ultraviolet.
Cacao is high in magnesium known to be the miracle mineral for skin problems. It detoxifies the epidermis and cleanses the skin helping to combat breakouts and acne.
Cocoa contains the fatty acid omega 6 which is great for cellular healing. This also helps keep your skin soft and supple.
It is also known to help with the complexion, circulation and it provides moisture and hydration to the skin.
So now we know, why not try it. We use organic cacao powder in our cacao and orange face mask and scrub and we use organic cacao butter in all our body butters and lip balms.