Chocolate and Beauty
Eating chocolate is not only a feast for your taste buds, it also affects your beauty and health in the most amazing ways!
Chocolate lovers all over the world rejoice!
Be careful though, by chocolate we don’t mean the sugar-filled and processed kind, which, admittedly, can be a real treat. But the fats of this type of chocolate have been chemically altered and its vitamin C has been destroyed. In addition, it can contain milk, sugar, emulsifiers and/or flavoring, all of which are inflammatory. So don’t count on the insides of those colorful candy wrappers to help you get a glowing skin or shinier hair. It’s best to enjoy sugary candy bars every once in a while and in moderation.
When we’re talking about chocolate, we mean the really good stuff that contains at least 70% cocoa, like our Extra Dark Genauva Chocolate Gems. This dark and bitter chocolate contains plenty of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals, good for your health and beauty!
So how can chocolate positively influence your health and appearance?
Let’s start out by invalidating a vicious myth that has been circulating for quite a while now: if you eat a chocolate bar and wake up the next day, chances are that your face will be covered in giant red pimples.
OK, so this might be a little bit exaggerated, but because of poorly conducted studies, people have wrongly assumed that there is a direct cause between chocolate and bad skin. As mentioned before, it all depends on the quality of the chocolate you buy. In this case, the dairy and sugar in processed chocolate are the big culprits, as they clog pores and make your skin look oily.
However, premium quality dark chocolate can make your skin radiate. The antioxidants found in dark chocolate are called flavanols and hydrate your skin and protect it from UV damage, fight free radicals that cause premature aging and increase blood flow.
It gets even better, as your skin is not the only part of your body to benefit from a regular consumption of the ‘food of the Gods’. It can significantly reduce bad hair days as well! Dark chocolate namely encourages hair growth, since it contains iron, zinc and copper, which are minerals that stimulate cell renewal. The supply of blood flow and oxygen to your scalp is boosted, leaving you with stronger, thicker and healthier hair.
What’s on the inside counts as well, of course. Consuming dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure and bad cholesterol, while improving the good cholesterol. Moreover, it decreases risk for heart attacks and strokes. Even more good news from Dark Chocolate Ville: eating a small piece of chocolate 20 minutes before dinner considerably reduces feelings of hunger, making it easier to lose weight.
And if it’s true that the most beautiful thing a person can wear is a smile, then go loco for some cocoa and prepare to be crowned the next miss or mister Universe! Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel like you’re falling in love. PEA encourages your brain to release feel-good endorphins such as serotonine. Another fun consequence of eating dark chocolate is that it reduces stress because of its magnesium and tryptophan.
Recipe for DIY Hydrating Chocolate Face Mask
- 1,5 oz. Extra Dark Genauva Chocolate
- 1 tbsp. olive oil (or sweet almond oil, linen oil or grape seed oil)
- 1 egg yolk
Melt the Extra Dark Genauva Chocolate Gems in a bain marie.
Mix 1,5 tbsp. oil with the melted chocolate and add the egg yolk.
Mix well and apply the mixture on your face and neck when the temperature is comfortable enough.
Let it rest for about 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.