Clinical research has suggested that chocolate has significant health benefits; now, beauty experts are saying that applying chocolate facial treatments can help extend those benefits to your face. Cacao -- also called cocoa, the main ingredient in commercial chocolate bars -- is high in antioxidants, which absorb skin-damaging free radicals. Apply a small amount of the facial recipe to the inside of your wrist 24 hours before using it on your face to make sure you are not allergic to any ingredients.
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Classic Chocolate Facial
Whip up a classic chocolate facial using the following ingredients: Mix 5 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder with 3 tablespoons organic honey. Blend in 3 tablespoons natural organic yogurt, and add about 1 tablespoon of uncooked oatmeal to make a firmer consistency. Depending on the moisture content of the yogurt, you may need to adjust the oatmeal amount. Apply the mixture to your face, rinsing off with cool water after 20 minutes. Healthy Living Lounge advises using the darkest honey you can find for its increased antioxidant properties.
There is some scientific research backing up the belief that cocoa has healthful properties. In a study conducted at Cornell University in New York and published in the February 10, 2005, issue of "Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry" researchers found that flavonoids in cocoa protected cells from cytotoxicity, and suggested that cocoa may have preventative and anti-neurodegerative effects.
Chocolate Coconut Cream Facial
In a study conducted at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and published in the March 10, 2010, issue of "Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology," researchers found that coconut had antimicrobial qualities against E. coli bacteria, as well as other pathogens.
Here's how to add coconut to your chocolate cream facial recipe. Mix 1/3 of a cup of cocoa powder with 1/4 cup of raw honey, then blend in 2 tbsp. of heavy cream, 1/8 cup of coconut oil and 3 teaspoon of raw oatmeal. This indulgently rich facial recipe includes cream for a silky, luxuriant feel, and helps you utilize not only the beneficial properties of cocoa, but the cleansing effects of coconut oil.
Chocolate Strawberry Facial
Mix 1/3 cup of cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of raw honey, 2 tablespoons of cream, 3 teaspoon raw oatmeal, and add 5 fresh ripe diced strawberries to create a strawberry-infused chocolate facial. With the addition of strawberries, you are enlisting another enemy of harmful free radicals. As strawberries are a common allergen, test this mixture in a small quantity on your wrist 24 hours before using it on your face.