Published on February 28th, 2017 | by Neharika Sabharwal
Beauty Treat: Chocolate
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” – Katherine Hepburn. Whether it be endorphins or the cellulite-reduction, chocolate is the new blue-eyed gal in beauty!
You know it tingles your taste buds, tempts your senses and is a must have on bad days, but did you know that chocolate can also be the reason behind your gorgeous skin? The glory days of chocolate are back after a long stint of being blamed for weight gain and causing acne. You may not know this, but chocolate was originally intended for skincare, with the Aztecs using cocoa extracts for beauty rituals. Life comes full circle for this treat, as it becomes the gold star of the cosmetic world with brands lining up special ‘chocolate’ ranges.
What makes chocolate tick when it comes to beauty? It’s its primary ingredient, cocoa. Cocoa has high antioxidant properties that fight against free radicals making it a must-have in your anti-aging beauty arsenal. Besides helping you look young, it can also help your skin stay toned because caffeine is found within the cocoa bean shell which fights cellulite. Chocolate skin care products are great for nourishing the skin. Using body butters and creams with cocoa extracts ensures the skin is hydrated with vitamin E. It’s also great to relieve the itching and pain of dry skin and is an ideal sunburn treatment.
Eating and applying chocolate actually have similar effects. Chocolate contains serotonin (the happy hormone) and endorphins (the energy hormone) which beat stress. They also have magnesium and vitamin B1 that relax and soothe your senses. Recall the pleasure of biting into your favourite chocolate? Now imagine a similar pleasure calming all your senses when you use a chocolate scrub or cocoa body butter.
Whip up dark concoctions of yummy scrubs, packs and body butters in your own kitchen.
- Cocoa Body Scrub: You need: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/8 cup olive oil, 2-3 tbsp sweet almond oil. To Use: Gently mix all ingredients in bowl. Take it to your bathroom and after a quick shower – rub the scrub all over your skin, face included. Gently massage for 5-10 minutes and then rinse off.
- Chocolate Masque: You need – 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of heavy cream (sour cream will work as well) and 3 teaspoons of oatmeal. To Use: Mix all the ingredients until you get an even consistency. Apply on the face and neck and leave on for about 20 minutes. To remove, gently massage off (so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer). Rinse off with lukewarm water.
Chocolate must haves in your beauty kit:
The Nature’s Co. Chocolate Lip-Pop : Moisturizes & Softens; Heals chapped lips; 12 hours hydration. Soft, luscious, moisturized lips are what our Chocolate Lip-pop provides. An all natural formula.It protects and softens lips. CLICK HERE to view product
Natural Bath & Body After Bath Milk-Cocoa Milk : Our silky after bath milk is infused with chocolate extracted from the finest cocoa beans of Ghana. Sourcing the chocolate extract directly from the fertile plantions of West Africa, we mix it with a complex fusion of natural vegetable oils and raw milk that nourishes skin and envelops the senses in the sweet seduction of pure cocoa. CLICK HERE to view product
Iba Halal Care PureLips Moisturizing Lip Balm Cocoa Vanilla : A luxurious lip balm bursting with decadent Cocoa Vanilla flavor. Couple that with lip-loving ingredients like nourishing Shea Butter, soothing Aloe Vera and anti-oxidant rich Vitamin E for perfectly smooth and moisturized lips. CLICK HERE to view product