Here's a formula for sensational skin: cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and . . . chocolate?
You heard right. When eaten, flavanol-rich cocoa, the main ingredient in dark chocolate, improves skin's texture, thickness, hydration, and blood flow. It may even boost your skin's defense against the sun by up to 25 percent! How? It packs serious antioxidant power. Just don't overdo it -- chocolate can be high in fat and calories, too. And you still need to wear sunscreen every day.
Chocolate's good for your skin? It's true! Antioxidant compounds in cocoa, called flavanols, improve artery health by boosting blood flow, and that boost may be good for your skin, too.
A unique, organic Artisan Dark Chocolate Bar from Compartes. A high percentage of cocoa ensures our bars are rich in antioxidant power. The one at left is artfully decorated with organic apricots and Japanese spices. These make a delicious addition to anyone's day! Click here to shop them online.
Researchers discovered this chocolate benefit in a study of women who consumed half a cup of cocoa (containing 329 milligrams of flavanols per serving, the amount in a 3-½ ounce serving of dark chocolate) daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the women experienced less skin dryness, scaling, and roughness compared to the beginning of the study. Also, their skin was thicker, exhibited improved blood flow, and was even more resistant to sun damage. Pretty amazing!