If there is any reason to eat chocolate, we listen to it with our ears wide open! As well as tasting delicious, chocolate also has health benefits, which means you can keep it as a staple in your diet – in moderation, of course.
Note: we are talking about dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (ideally 70% or more), not processed milk chocolate such as Kinder bars. Keep that in mind when reading about all the miraculous things that happen when you taste this naturally rich and delicious food.
Eating this magical dessert, but also applying it to your skin is two gestures that can considerably improve your complexion. Here are all the benefits chocolate has for your skin, plus some tips for incorporating it into your at-home beauty routine for a beautiful face.
How does chocolate improve your skin?
• It is a natural moisturizer
Treat yourself to a lotion with the magic ingredients that make up chocolate: there’s a reason cocoa butter is so nourishing, after all! You can make a homemade mask with dark chocolate or invest in other moisturizing chocolate products.
• It increases collagen
Cocoa, which is the raw material for chocolate, contains extremely high levels of antioxidants, which reduce wrinkles and increase collagen production. It therefore protects the skin from UV rays, which also maintains elasticity. Since cocoa beans are rich in magnesium, they boost the body’s ability to produce a hormone called progesterone, which eliminates pimples.
• It detoxifies the skin and protects it from UV rays
Don’t have time for a facial? Dark chocolate contains caffeine, which helps exfoliate dead skin cells, pushing them aside to reveal a new layer of baby soft skin. It also slows the signs of aging and can help save you from skin cancer and sunburn, making it a useful and beneficial addition to any diet. Studies show that chocolate consumption can provide “significant photoprotection” to consumers.
1. Make a chocolate scrub
Try making a homemade scrub, which can help make the skin smooth and soft, as this recipe suggests: using a little almond and coconut oil, brown sugar, cocoa and essential oil. Want more good news? This scrub is edible.
2. Make a chocolate mask
This luxury mask from Wellness Mama features the star ingredient, also known as cocoa powder. It also combines the benefits of banana, honey and yogurt, which fight free radicals and have anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Make chocolate powder foundation
Yay cocoa powder is also a base ingredient for many homemade powders, which will dry out your skin much less than other store-bought powders! Here, cocoa powder combines with spices like nutmeg and cloves for an all-natural recipe that comes in both skincare and makeup.
4. Make lip balm with chocolate chips
Want to smell the cake all day? This recipe is perfect to make solo or with the family, it calls for chocolate chips, beeswax, vitamin E and olive oil. Put the whole family to work: it’s a fantastic way to keep the kids busy and add a new gourmet ally to your beauty routine, for softer lips.
5. Take a chocolate bath
Bubble baths are outdated… why not soak in a chocolate infused bath? Sounds so much better than a mud bath! Simply mix powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa, and cornstarch into the tub water. Lack of foam? Add an unscented bubble bath for an at-home spa experience.
6. Make Chocolate Body Mousse
We already know chocolate is hydrating, but regular moisturizer can get boring. So why not make a lighter-than-air chocolate mousse that also has moisturizing power? Apparently the cocoa in this recipe also offers a subtle tanning effect, giving the skin a sun-kissed glow.
7. Make a chocolate face wash
Yes, chocolate can even be a face wash! With oats, cocoa powder and coconut oil, you can make “Beauty Bliss Balls” which are small doughy balls of “food for the skin”. Simply then place the ball in a little water until it breaks down into a creamy cleanser.
8. Create Chocolate Hair Conditioner
Technically, your scalp is made of skin too, and chocolate can help your hair grow long, shiny and healthy. This condition only requires two ingredients: coconut cream and cocoa powder.