In anticipation of Cupid’s bow and arrow, we instantly think of flowers, gifts, and CHOCOLATE!
You can now rid yourself of the guilt that’s associated with consuming chocolate- and enjoy MORE of it! 🙂
Chocolate (cocoa) happens to offer great health benefits to our body, as well as our skin.
In a ‘Bean’ Shell:
Cocoa (cacao) beans are rich in flavonoids which have been linked to cardiovascular health benefits, as well as a high antioxidant content which provides protection against free radical damage and invasion. In addition, cocoa beans provide balance to certain hormones, help lower blood pressure, stimulate endorphin production, and contain serotonin which acts as a natural anti-depressant.
Not all Chocolate is Created Equal:
Dark chocolate provides far more antioxidant value than milk chocolate or white chocolate. In fact, Dark chocolate has at least 65 % cocoa content and is the only chocolate that can actually claim true benefits.
When it comes to our skin, there is no doubt that the response to the words Chocolate and Skin (particularly when paired together in the same sentence) immediately provokes a fear of acne breakouts. I would like to dispel that myth right now. If you happen to notice that you breakout after eating chocolate, it is more likely that the breakout came from the stress associated with eating that piece of chocolate and not the actual substance itself. Unless you have an allergy to it, of course.
Skin Care Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
On the Inside:
- Antioxidant levels help fight free radical damage to the skin’s collagen and elastin.
- Flavonoids help maintain collagen production and delay the signs of aging.
- Provides UV protection.
On the Outside:
- Due to its content of cocoa butter, it offers nourishment and softening properties to the skin.
- Antioxidant properties assist in the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Moisturizing and rejuvenating properties.
Fun Homemade Facial Mask!
- 1/3 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup raw honey or organic honey
- 2 tbsp of avocado (mashed)
- 3 tsp of ground oatmeal
Combine all ingredients and blend until you have a creamy consistency. Using your fingertips, apply evenly to the face- avoiding the area directly around the eyes and mouth. Gently massage the mask into the skin using small circular movements. Let sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with luke-warm water and pat skin dry. Follow with appropriate moisturizer.
If stinging or itching occur, rinse immediately with cold water.