We often find ourselves feeling guilty for indulging in chocolate, it’s called the naughty treat, well feel guilty no more. Chocolate is good for you in moderation and it has the bonus of working wonders for our skin.
Specifically dark chocolate that is 70% or above. Milk and white chocolate contains high amounts of sugar and unhealthy fats that will have a negative impact on your skin, but feel free to load up on the dark stuff and see the most amazing changes in your skin.
It Protects the skin from UV Damage
Dark chocolate contains sun protection properties which will protect you from the harmful UV rays which can cause long-term damage to your skin such as cancer and sunburn.
Studies have shown that the flavanols in cacao absorb UV rays, helping to reduce damage. A study by led by Professor Wilhelm Stahl from the Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, found that the skin of participants who had consumed a high-oxidant chocolate drink did not become as red when exposed to a controlled dose of UV radiation.
It’s High in Antioxidants
Dark chocolate can pack a powerful punch to the benefit of our skin as it contains potent antioxidants including phenols, flavanols, and catechins. Dark chocolate also helps ward off nasty unwelcome bugs and a daily dose helps to keep your skin nourished, hydrated, and smooth.
These antioxidants protect our cells from premature oxidation which in turn keeps our skin looking youthful. The properties in cacao are so nourishing in fact that it’s regularly used in beauty products, such as cocoa butter.
It may surprise you to know that cocoa has more antioxidants than fruits such as acai berries and blueberries.
It’s Rich in Minerals
This delicious awesomeness is also loaded with minerals such as zinc, potassium, and selenium. Eating a 100g bar of dark chocolate will provide you with 67% of your recommended daily dose of iron and it is which keeps your skin naturally moisturized.
It Detoxifies the Skin
If you are a lover of coffee too then combining dark chocolate and caffeine is a dream come true as together, they make an excellent skin detoxifier. The combination aids with shedding dead skin cells and encourages new cells to rise to the surface making your skin look amazing.
It Enhances Skin Glow
One of the toughest enemies our skin has is stress, it changes how our skin looks and reacts. Dark chocolate is known to have stress-relieving qualities, and eaten regularly will reduce your stress levels, it is why when stressed or depressed we crave chocolate.
It Improves Blood Flow
There have been studies that suggest eating dark chocolate can improve how our blood flows throughout the body. The compounds in the cocoa will improve the blood flow in our arteries which in turn improves circulation and will another bonus of improving our blood pressure too.
So, the next time you feel the urge to feast on the deliciousness of chocolate, grab the dark stuff and never feel guilty again.