Published on July 7th, 2017 | by Neharika Sabharwal
“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.
FAB BAG PICKS
The Nature’s Co Coffee Face Scrub : Exfoliates skin; Removes the upper, dead layer of skin; Anti-microbial & antioxidant; Gives a healthy and instant glow. Pamper the coffee lover in you with our invigorating Coffee Face Scrub. It is full of anti-microbial and antioxidant properties that sloughs dead skin, boosts circulation and imparts an instant radiant glow. Wet your face and neck, massage using light circular motions. Rinse off and pat skin dry. Can be used daily. Go ahead and get addicted! CLICK HERE to view the product
Natural Bath & Body Grapefruit and Vitamin C Vital Nourishment Cream : Concocted in a base of coconut oil, tender coconut milk, almond oil and Shea butter, this cream is whipped lightly to a smooth texture. The splash of Grapefruit oil known for its natural skin lightening properties give the skin an even tone and the reason not to use makeup. CLICK HERE to view the product
Just Herbs Honey Facial Massage Gel : A rehydrating and nourishing skin care gel for massage especially suitable for oily skins with healing properties of natures most versatile golden ingredient-Honey. Enhanced with nourishing and anti-aging properties of almonds to banish wrinkles, it prevents/corrects all signs of aging. Vitamin E of almonds combats free radicals, restores collagen elasticity and improves the skins moisture retaining capacity. CLICK HERE to view the product