Sweet-aholics, rejoice! Chocolate is proven to boost your beauty.
Eating for beauty doesn’t mean a lifetime sentence of salad (although leafy greens do wonders for your looks!). Indulge in the ultimate treat—chocolate—and reap some pretty major beauty and health rewards while you’re at it.
The good news is some chocolate can have significant beauty benefits. The not terribly bad news is, the only chocolate that can deliver these benefits is dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content—which doesn’t apply to most treats found in the candy aisle at the grocery store, so choose wisely.
Cocoa contains naturally occurring plant substances called flavonoids that help keep platelets less sticky, decreasing your risk for heart attack or stroke from a clot.
Dark chocolate relaxes blood vessels, which in turn reduces blood pressure. Several studies suggest that it may also be a feel-good treat that increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
Dark chocolate also helps combat beauty’s public enemy number one: Stress. Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin and fewer wrinkles.
Flavonols (the type of flavonoid found in chocolate) help your skin look its best. Flavonols are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage (hello, fewer wrinkles) fight free radicals (so long, sun spots) and increase blood flow.
In one study, flavonols in dark chocolate even improved skin hydration and thickness—both mega important for young-looking skin.
This rich body butter has the yummy scent of chocolate without any of the calories. It can be use as a moisturizer as well as a massage oil. Just rub some in your hands to warm it up and you’ll have a massage oil and a chocolaty snack for the senses, all in one.
::Chocolate Massage Butter::
1/4 grated cocoa butter
1 tablespoons grated dark chocolate
2 tablespoons light sesame oil
1 tablespoon light olive oil
1 tablespoon grated beeswax
Place all the ingredients in a double boiler, stir frequently and remove from the heat as soon as the ingredients are melted. Pour the hot liquid into a clean container, or for more fun, into an ice cube tray or silicone molds and let it cool completely.
To use, either rub the entire massage butter bar over your skin or warm it up rubbing between your hands and massage it into clean skin.