Let’s celebrate World Chocolate Day today by looking at how this delicious treat is revered for everything it does for your skin.
Here’s some great news for all chocolate lovers out there! Your most favourite, delicious and delightful food has also been recognised as a superfood. Yes, chocolate contains cocoa, a source of manganese which helps nutrient absorption. Chocolate is not only a very effective antioxidant but has multiple beauty benefits since it prevents skin damage and boosts cell health. They say, skin is a true reflection of health as it’s the last place to get nutrition.
Dark chocolate has been so popularised that many women have already made it a regular part of their skincare routine. From facials to waxing, chocolate is widely being offered for various salon services. Even skin products like masks and scrubs have chocolate as a main component. The aftereffect of chocolate is such that it makes the skin glow, look fresh and makes fine lines seem smoother.
A look at the beauty benefits of dark chocolate
Promotes skin glow
Stress is no bueno for skin. Dark chocolate reduces our stress hormones which in turn prevents collagen breakdown, and gives you a happy high. It works wonders in making your skin glow.
Protects skin from sun damage
According to research, eating dark chocolate gives you a smoother skin texture, 25 per cent less skin redness when exposed to the sun. Flavonoids in chocolate help reflect harmful UV rays off your skin, preventing sunburn and skin cancer.
Prevents premature aging
Dark chocolate helps reduce dark spots and pigmentation and keeps skin healthy. It also works to bring back skin moisture and keeps it locked in. All of this helps to delay the appearance of fine lines and boost the wrinkle-busting protein that keeps skin plump and youthful.
Using chocolate for different skin types
Chocolate for oily skin: When you have oily skin, you are more prone to breakouts. For this, mix dark chocolate with multani mitti which helps absorb oil, and apply it all over your face. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse off.
Chocolate for dry skin: If keeping your skin hydrated is your main concern, make a chocolate face mask by adding milk to dark chocolate. You can also add olive oil or honey, both of which are known for their moisturising qualities. Apply it all over your face, keep it for 15 minutes and rinse off.