Chocolate. I don’t have enough words to describe my love for chocolate. Chocolate is beautiful. Chocolate is delicious. Chocolate is sexy. Chocolate is LIFE ! I just can’t trust people who don’t like it. Even its smell turns me on. I’ve never been disappointed by a chocolate based product from snacks, beverages and desserts to soap and shampoo or chocolate liquor and chocolate wine (yep they did it).
In cosmetic, chocolate is widely used, but mainly as a marketing tool. They use the chocolate fragrance and color to attract greedy consumers and it’s totally working (at least on me. The Bodyshop Chocomania and Sephora chocolate set are gifts from God).
But we can’t enjoy chocolate benefits with these products and it’s a shame because it’s a treasure for the skin.
Although, there’s a brand who got everything right and they’re selling a chocolate skin care set with all cocoa benefits: Sensation Chocolat. You will need to fight the urge to eat everything.
BUT to be honest, you don’t need that, it’s super easy to get a glowing and healthy skin at home with simple DIY masks. No need to spend extra money.
Chocolate benefits on the skin
I should say cocoa rather than chocolate, since the skincare benefits come from the cocoa bean but you got my point. Did you know cocoa was worshiped by the Aztecs and Mayans 2000 B.C ? They had a special custom of smearing their body with cocoa butter which allowed them to protect their skin from the sun, and heal wounds and scars. Let’s take a closer look at what chocolate can do.
First of all, it’s rich in polyphenols which makes it an excellent anti-aging. It’s naturally antioxidant and has a great power against free radicals thus indirectly on skin cells’ aging, it can firm fine lines and boost skin tone. It is rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, in mineral salts, magnesium, potassium, iron and also in vegetal proteins, which is ideal to deeply nourish and repair the skin. In addition to reducing the appearance of the first signs of aging, it also has an effect on cellulite because of the caffein in the shell of the cocoa bean which tones the tissues. Dark chocolate is ideal for acne prone skin, it will detoxify the skin and prevent any breakout.
How can you use chocolate ?
Now that you’re aware of chocolate amazing benefits for the skin, here are 4 ways to use it. Make sure to use organic dark chocolate, with a hight percentage of cocoa, or organic and sugar free cocoa powder to get the best result.
1) Hydrating mask
The first use of chocolate is to moisturize dry and dehydrated skin.
Leave this mask on your skin for 15 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can replace Argan oil with olive oil or almond oil. I just think chocolate and organ oil work great together.
You can turn pretty much anything into an exfoliator by adding brown sugar or coffee grounds. Leave this mask for 15 minutes and slowly massage your skin before rinsing it off.
3) Anti-aging mask
Chocolate by itself can prevent fine lines and cells’ aging, but when used with anti-aging oil, the effect is almost magical.
3) Purifying mask
Ideal for combination to oily and acne-prone skin. Add water if it’s too thick. Leave it on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes.
4) Detoxifying mask
Chocolate and orange are soulmates. They make divine desserts…but they can also give you the healthiest skin ever. The antioxidant action of chocolate, the brightening effect of the vitamin C that you find in orange and add to that the inflammatory effect of ginger and you get your perfect detoxifying mask for a bright and glowing skin.
These gourmet DIY face masks are easy, cheap and really effective. The only difficulty is trying not to eat them !