Who on earth doesn’t love chocolate? We know the Gods do, and we’re certainly no exception! Just a tiny piece from a yummy bar has the potential to change your whole mood. And it has health benefits too. While it does a marvelous job of improving memory performance, vision, blood pressure and so on, it also makes for a fabulous beauty ingredient! Its rich resources of minerals, vitamins and antioxidant properties help repair damaged skin cells and improve skin texture. Here are 8 amazing beauty benefits of chocolate!
1. For Baby Soft Skin
Believe it or not but chocolate is loaded with minerals and vitamins that are essential for your skin. It contains calcium, iron and vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E. Once applied to your skin, it deeply moisturizes skin, and leaves it glowing and super soft. To get the best benefits of chocolate on your skin, make a scrub out of it!
Step 1 - You’ll need to mix olive oil, brown sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of water in a bowl.
Step 2 - Apply it all over your body using your fingertips and give yourself a good massage.
Step 3 - Leave the scrub to soak deeply into your skin, and wash it off with chilled water after. You’ll notice the difference immediately after washing the scrub off.
2. For Healthy White Teeth
Did you know that a single cocoa bean is packed with polyphenols, tannins, and flavonoids that have antioxidant properties which benefit both the teeth and gums immensely? They not only prevent bacteria from sticking to your teeth, they also fight bad breath! It also hardens tooth enamel which protects your precious teeth from cavities. If you want shiny bright teeth, eat more chocolate, we say!
3. For Long And Strong Hair
Minerals like copper, zinc and iron are essential for hair growth, and guess what? Chocolate has all of them! For a shinier texture and to speed up hair growth, it’s time for you to learn how to make a chocolate hair mask.
Step 1 - You will need yoghurt, cocoa powder and honey.
Step 2 - Add a tablespoon of each ingredient into a container and stir well.
Step 3 - Gently apply it to your hair and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
Step 4 - After that, wash it off with lukewarm water.
4. For Making The Perfect Natural Sunscreen
Eating a cube of chocolate every day can protect your skin from the sun! Like, how awesome is that? It contains flavonoids that act as a mild sunscreen. It’s like you can now eat your way to pretty skin! It can protect your skin from the harsh UV rays, prevent skin damage and provide hydration for your skin.
5. For A Flawless Complexion
Whenever you eat chocolate, have you noticed how good you feel after? That’s because it contains feel-good antioxidants. This very quality not only has a drastic impact on our mood, it also has the same impact on our skin. It helps fight stress which indirectly keeps the fine lines and wrinkles at bay. Making a face mask out of it is a good way to go about using it even more effectively!
Step 1 - In a bowl, pour a three-fourth cup of lukewarm water, add a spoonful of chocolate syrup, a teaspoon of honey and 1 big cup of raw oatmeal.
Step 2 - Mix them well, and apply the yummy mix to your face by using a brush.
Step 3 - Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with chilled water.You’ll instantly notice that your skin looks radiant and feels really soft after you wash the mask off.
6. For Keeping Those Wrinkles At Bay
Doesn’t matter if you eat it directly or apply it to your skin, you must know that chocolate reduces stress hormones, which indirectly reduces collagen breakdown. This very factor can have a positive impact on your skin as it fights fine lines, wrinkles and age.
Step 1 - Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder or melted chocolate into a bowl.
Step 2 - Pour a cup of milk cream over the chocolate.
Step 3 - Add half a cup of besan to the bowl and mix all the ingredients well.
Step 4 - After 10 minutes of stirring, apply the chocolaty mask to your skin.
Step 5 - Wash it off with steaming hot water.
7. For Oil Free And Bright Skin
If your skin is oily, and you’re starting to notice acne randomly popping up, you’ve got to do something about it! While there are many readymade scrubs to choose from, we urge you to make your own one at home by using chocolate as the main ingredient. The natural ingredients in your homemade scrub will get rid of the dead skin cells, remove dirt and excess oil and give you a glowing complexion.
Step 1 - In a glass container, add a tablespoon of cocoa powder
Step 2 - Add a teaspoon of rosewater and honey to the mix.
Step 3 - Pour a cup of oatmeal into a grinder till it gets a grainy powdery texture.
Step 4 - Pour the oatmeal flour into the container and mix all the ingredients well by using a big spoon.
Step 5 - Once the paste becomes thick, apply it over your face, knees, elbows, neck, hands.
Step 6 - Dipping your fingertips into olive oil, massage the chocolate scrub into your skin in a circular motion.
Step 7 - Let the gooey paste dry for 15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
8. For Naturally Plump Lips
When you’re at the store, pick a chocolate bar that contains jojoba oil. Jojoba oil contains minerals, vitamins E and B complex that protects and repairs damaged skin. A chocolate lip balm is what we’re hinting at!
Step 1 - Fill a steel handi with water, and place another smaller steel handi over the water.
Step 2 - In the container placed above, put half a cube of chocolate.
Step 3 - Stir till the bar melts and add a teaspoon of gooey honey.
Step 4 - Turn off the heat, and with your index finger, scoop a bit of melted hot chocolate from the utensil and apply it over the skin on your lips.
Step 5 - While it cools off and dries, apply a thin coat of olive oil over your lips.
Step 6 - Leave it on for 5-10 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water.
It’s yummy and will leave you with a softer, lusher pucker!
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Published on Oct 28, 2015