The Skin Benefits of Dark Chocolate (Time to Indulge)
There is nothing better than chocolate, especially dark chocolate. Drinking a hot cup of cocoa on a colld, winter’s night or on a rainy day is absolutely amazing. For chocolate lovers, drinking some warm cacao or a delicious and thick Italian Hot Chocolate can be a lifeline, a binge preventer if you will.
One thing that many of us want more than a dark chocolate fix overall, is to look good. That involves having beautiful, radiant, and clear skin. Turns out that your chocolate fix has a lot of benefits and can actually help improve and maintain healthy skin.
This does not mean that all chocolate will do, however. You should choose healthy, dark chocolate that has a 70% or higher cocoa content or have pure cocoa/cacao as a beverage. Research has found that cacao/cocoa can help improve your skin’s appearance by protecting the skin against UV damage and also improving skin damage from the sun. Seeing as UV light is one of the biggest causes of ageing, this is wonderful news (you must still wear sunscreen every day though, just saying).
This is because cocoa and cacao contain flavanols and very high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are vital in the fight against free radicals, which are known to speed up ageing. Cacao contains antioxidants. The flavanols in cocoa and cacao also have the ability to decrease redness in the skin after sun exposure by roughly 15%.
Cocoa flavanols also act as vasodilators, which increases blood flow to the dermis and epidermis. The increased blood flow improves skin hydration and decreases the chances of skin drying out (which also speeds up ageing). Well-hydrated skin is essential for a healthy appearance.
The high fat content in cocoa can help improve skin texture and moisture, leading to softer and smoother skin.
Drink at least two cups of cacao/cocoa a day or aim for two teaspoons of cacao/cocoa powder for maximum benefits. It takes roughly a month for the body to build a new layer of skin, so it might take some time to see results.
Also include enough other sources of antioxidants, such as nuts, seeds, fruits, herbal teas, and vegetables, as well as fats and protein in your diet and cut out as much processed foods as possible for beautiful skin, from the inside out.
Treat your skin with love through following a healthy diet and feeding it foods that will help it heal and radiate from health.
Do you struggle with skin issues, or do you simply want to eat in a way that will slow down skin ageing? Either way, you can get closer to having glowing skin by adding some dark chocolate to your daily diet.