Over the past few years, scientific research has shown that eating dark chocolate can benefit your heart, blood pressure, and mood, and now it should be no surprise to learn that dark chocolate can positively affect your skin too. Chocolate facials are the new trend taking the health and beauty world by force, because cocoa is chock-full of minerals and nutrients that help hydrate, tone, and nourish your skin.
Blueberries, nuts, and teas have often been upheld as antioxidative superfoods, but cocoa and dark chocolate are brimming with free radical fighting antioxidants. When free radicals accumulate in the body, oxidation can result in cell damage, tissue breakdown, and accelerated aging that can manifest itself in the skin on your face. A high antioxidant chocolate facial can repair skin cell damage and prevent future damage, which keeps your face looking younger and fresher.
Dark chocolate contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals that help rejuvenate and refresh your face. Vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, along with iron and calcium, hydrate and moisturize your skin. These nutrients slough away dead skin cells and leave you with a healthy glow. Copper, zinc, and iron increase oxygen and blood flow to your face, which protects your skin from tissue damage. Nutrient-rich cocoa soothes dry, rough, and blemished skin, causing your face to looker fresher and healthier.
A piece of dark chocolate can help reduce feelings of stress, and a facial application of dark chocolate can help reduce physical signs of stress. That is because cocoa can decrease the production of stress hormones, which leads to less collagen breakdown in the skin. As a result, your face will display fewer wrinkles and fine lines, as well as less acne. The skin will look tighter and more toned after being treated with a chocolate facial.
Cocoa is full of flavanols, which work to protect your skin from sun damage and the impact of harmful UV rays. Not only will applying dark chocolate directly to your skin help protect your face from sunburn and redness, but the flavanols in cocoa will also help repair existing sun damage and keep your face looking and feeling more hydrated under the sun’s harsh light.