Indulging in a chocolate facial mask treatment is a luxurious experience that can feed your senses and your skin at the same time! Chocolate face masks do a very good job of hydrating, rejuvenating, lifting and toning your face.
And if you need a reason to indulge in chocolate, the news is out that eating dark chocolate with a high flavanol content, such as dark chocolate, reduces the risk of certain cancers, is good for your cardiovascular system, and can increase blood flow to the brain.
It also contains ingredients that are beneficial to your skin, so donâ€™t feel guilty for indulging in this little luxury inside and out! Pamper yourself and learn how to make your own chocolate and chocolate treatments at home.
Studies have shown that cocoa flavanols ingested at 326 milligrams per day reduce UV sensitivity and increase skin density, texture and hydration. Chocolate can also benefit skin when applied topically. How? Letâ€™s take a look!
Health Benefits of Cocoa For Skin
High antioxidant content
The level of antioxidant compounds in cocoa is higher than that of green tea, black tea or red wine, according to a study conducted by the Department of Food Science and Technology, Seoul National University.
Benefits of high antioxidant chocolate facials include cell repair and cell damage prevention.
In addition, antioxidants in chocolate neutralize free radicals and prevent them from damaging cells.
Increased blood flow
Consumption of high-flavanol cocoa can help improve the appearance of skin by improving the function of blood vessels, increasing blood flow, increasing hydration, decreasing skin roughness, and helping to increase defense against UV damage. Topically, this increased hydration calms and soothes skin, infusing it with vitamin and mineral content.
Dark chocolate contains Vitamins A, B12, B-complex, D and E, great for absorption of calcium, tissue growth, and releasing energy.
Chocolate contains copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc for the promotion of cell growth, the repair of tissue and the absorption of nutrients.
The benefits of the cocoa bean vary by the different processing methods, with dark chocolate having the highest amount of antioxidants. Although cocoa powder health benefits are not quite as high as that of the cocoa bean, it does contain more of the healthy, â€good stuffâ€ than milk chocolate.
Learning how to make chocolate face masks is a step in the right direction when it comes to pampering yourself and your well-being. Learn more about developing a manageable beauty regimen that addresses both your inner and outer beauty, and keeps you healthy and looking your best.
Chocolate Face Mask Recipes
You can use either dark chocolate or cocoa powder for a chocolate facial mask. While cocoa powder is certainly easier to mix, you can melt solid dark chocolate to make it easier to blend into your chocolate face mask recipe. Also note that while making these chocolate face masks, it is preferable to use good quality chocolate with the percentage of cocoa of 70 percent or more, for maximum skin benefits.
Here are some quick, easy and healthy chocolate face mask recipes to try at home. Get out these simple ingredients and pamper yourself. Just mix the ingredients, apply the chocolate face mask to your skin, sit back, relax, breathe deeply, and enjoy! And it does not matter if you accidently eat some of these yummy concoctions â€“ they are good for you, inside and out!
Be sure to apply moisturizer after using and removing the face masks, to keep skin hydrated. Check out some other beauty regiments you can practice at home and add them into the mix!
Cocoa Beauty Treatment Mask
This mask contains honey, calcium, and added vitamin E for a rich, nutrient-filled skin cocktail of benefits.
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 pierced and drained vitamin E capsule
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Apply to your face and neck, avoiding eyes, for 10-20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Hydrating Chocolate Mask
The olive oil and egg yolk in this mask are rich in nutrients and hydrate skin well.
50 grams of chocolate (with 70-90% cocoa content)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg yolk
Warm up the chocolate until it becomes a liquid. Blend all of the ingredients well. Make sure the chocolate mixture is at a comfortable temperature before you apply the mask to your face and neck. Keep the chocolate face mask on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
Chocolate Honey Yoghurt Mask
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon yoghurt
1 teaspoon honey
Blend all ingredients until the mixture looks like melted chocolate. Multiply the recipe to make a larger batch of the mask so you have enough to cover your face and neck areas if you like. Apply the mixture onto clean and dry skin. Keep on the mask for 15-20 minutes before removing with lukewarm water.
Toning Chocolate Mask
This mask hydrates and tones skin very well, and even improve skinâ€™s elasticity.
50 grams of chocolate (with 70-90% cocoa content)
1 medium banana
1 cup strawberries
1 cup water melon
Heat up the chocolate until it is melted. Mix apple, banana, strawberries and water melon in a blender. Put 2-3 tablespoons of this fruit mix into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of your melted chocolate. Apply the mask on your face and neck and wait for 15-20 minutes before rinsing the mask with lukewarm water. If a big part of your tasty fruit smoothie remained in your blender â€“ you can happily drink it, knowing that you are caring for your skin from both the inside and out!
If you like this kind of cooking â€“ and who doesnâ€™t? â€“ you may want to learn about other healthy and easy recipes you can throw together in your blender and incorporate them into your healthy living.
Chocolate Avocado, Honey, Oatmeal Face MaskÂ
Oatmeal works great at naturally exfoliating skin and ridding your complexion of dead skin cells.
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup organic honey
2 Tbsp smashed avocado
3 teaspoons oatmeal powder (for fudge: leave this out if you are making soft fudge, and leave it in if you would like to make hard texture fudge)
Instructions for face mask:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until the texture of the mass is even. Apply on face and neck, gently massaging skin so the oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin layer. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.