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Learn about cocoa and shea butter benefits, facts and uses.

Cocoa butter is also known as theobroma cacao, or cocoa seed butter. Cocoa butter benefits the skin because it’s a great emollient, which means it works to moisturize deep down to keep skin soft and supple. Its thick consistency makes it ideal for keeping skin moisturized in winter. Cocoa butter is also perfect for areas prone to especially dry, rough skin like the elbows, knees, and heels.

Shea butter works similarly to cocoa butter and provides moisturization to very dry skin. It is also believed to have a low sun protection factor, but it not strong enough to stop your skin from burning during exposure to the sun, so be sure to also use a sunblock.

If you want to know the answer to questions such as “does cocoa butter get rid of stretch marks?”, “does shea butter get rid of stretch marks?”, “can lotions containing cocoa butter reduce the appearance of scars?” and “can shea butter reduce scarring?” then here’s everything you need to know. Read on for how and why you should introduce cocoa butter and shea butter lotions or lotions containing cocoa butter and shea butter into your daily skincare routine.

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Vaseline® Blue Seal Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly keeps your skin deeply moisturised and protects against dry skin.

Vaseline® Cocoa Butter Lip Therapy helps to lock in moisture for beautiful, healthy lips.

Vaseline® Intensive Care™ Cocoa Glow Moisturising Body Cream is made with Cocoa Butter that revives dry, dull skin to reveal its natural glow.