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Expert opinion from Cintia A. Silva

Bachelor in Nutrition · 4 years of experience · Brazil

The main difference is the origin, shea butter is derived from the fruit of Shea, coming from the African continent. Meanwhile, cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean, found mainly in South and Central America. Both have antioxidant action, and high moisturizing power usually used in the cosmetics industry.

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Expert opinion from Leticia Soares

Postgraduate Degree in Public and Family Health/Bachelor Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics · 5 years of experience · Brazil

Both butters have health benefits and can be used for different situations. Shea butter is a source of vitamin A, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It is recommended to use shea butter on the skin, hair, nails and cuticles whenever a deep hydration is desired. Shea butter can help prevent and improve skin problems, such as atopic dermatitis, stretch marks and premature aging, regenerating and strengthening its hydration and softness. Cocoa butter is a highly concentrated fat that melts at body temperature, and it is easily and quickly absorbed by the skin. Cocoa butter is more likely to be used in lotions and aromatherapy or massage treatments because of its aroma that can be relaxing and comforting.

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Expert opinion from Marcelli F. Chagas

Bachelor in Nutrition · 1 years of experience · Brazil

Cocoa butter is used to treat skin conditions and stretch marks. Shea butter contains vitamin A and vitamin E. These vitamins are vitally important to keeping your skin and eyes healthy and are one reason why shea butter can also boost the immune system.

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