Chocolate DIY remedies are popular among women. Light pleasant aroma of chocolate during the procedure improves mood. In addition, such masks show an effective result. After a few chocolate treatments skin complexion is significantly improved – it becomes more taut, fresh and soft.
Chocolate isn’t only a sweet desert but also worth using for skincare. Research shows that dark chocolate is full of calcium, vitamins (A, B1, C, D and E), good fats like shea and cocoa butter, and antioxidants like polyphenols making it a scrumptious skin saver.
So, why chocolate is so beneficial for skin? Caffeine, according to experts’ opinion, stimulates blood circulation in the body, prevents edema and helps to activate fat breakdown. Thanks to its wonderful benefits skin becomes elastic. Besides caffeine, chocolate contains important substances such as theobromine and theophylline, which provide skin-lifting effects. Chocolate contains a sufficient quantity of trace elements such as iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and calcium, which support the normal functioning of the skin and improve skin complexion in general.
Rich chemical composition of chocolate makes it a unique remedy to maintain youth and beauty of your skin.
Each of the nutritional components has its particular effect on the skin:
- Vitamin B5 – smooths the skin, has anti-aging effect.
- Vitamin B9 – reduces irritation, inflammation, helps to eliminate acne.
- Melanin – protects the skin from UV light.
- Vitamin PP returns a natural healthy color.
- Vitamin A – reduces inflammation, hydrates.
- Procyanidin – makes the skin supple and taut.
- Starch – has whitening properties, makes the skin soft.
- Iron – facilitates the access of oxygen to the skin cells.
- Calcium – the foundation for the restoration of cell.
- Potassium – moisturizes skin and traps water in deep layers of skin.
Face mask with cocoa thanks to the combined action helps to solve a number of problems with the skin. Already after the first procedure will be noticeable positive results, and regular use of masks (1-2 times a week) will help maintain the effect for a long time.
Cocoa butter, which is a part of chocolate, is rich in vitamins, fatty acids and polyphenols, all this helps the skin to retain moisture in the skin, restore cell membranes and prevents the appearance of wrinkles. Due to the large number of useful properties of chocolate it became very popular in the cosmetic lines of many companies.
The rejuvenating effect of chocolate wrappings can be achieved with a high content of cocoa product whose composition is rich in vitamin B. influencing the cell membrane, this material facilitates rapid wrinkles and moisturizing skin. In addition, chocolate body mask improves blood circulation, thus can help get rid of swelling, cellulite and any skin imperfections.
Chocolate wrappings and face masks must contain at least 70% of cocoa
Avoid any type of chocolate with additives (nuts, raisins, etc.)
Before applying the mask the skin should be clean. For that purpose face scrub is recommended
Here are some easy DIY beauty treatments you can make at home to pamper your skin.
Chocolate Scrub for Face & Body
Chocolate or cocoa – a great remedy for cleansing the face and body. To prepare the body scrub you will need 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder or dark chocolate melted in the same amount, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon of ginger powder, milk. The amount of milk is determined by eye to the result was not too thick, but the viscous mass. Cinnamon and ginger increase blood flow, helping to combat fat deposits, improving cell metabolism. The mixture should be applied on clean skin. Due to the addition of cocoa, cinnamon and ginger small particles the resulting mixture acts as scrub for skin.
Organic Sugar & Cocoa Scrub Recipe
This sugar and cocoa scrub smells so heavenly you might be tempted to eat it! The glycolic acid in the sugar softens like skin, the cocoa infuses rich nutrients, the coconut oil moisturizes and the caffeine tightens all the post holiday-splurge bits.
You will need: 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of ground coffee, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, dash of cinnamon.
Mix and use while showering. You can also place it in a pretty mason jar for a cool homemade gift!
Cocoa Foot Soak
For a truly decadent indulgence, mix a few tablespoons of cocoa powder with warm milk in a large bowl and soak your feet for ten minutes. The lactic acid of the milk softens the feet while the cocoa moisturizes. Give yourself a little foot massage and you’ll be in candy-coated heaven!
Cocoa Face Mask Recipe
Use this moisturizing mask to help prevent dry, itchy skin.
You will need: 1/3 cup of dark cocoa powder, 1/4 cup honey, 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of oatmeal, pinch of cinnamon.
Mix ingredients in a bowl to make a thick paste. Apply on damp skin for 15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
This is another recipe variation that will be perfect for dry and mature skin.
Chocolate Mask to Treat Dry Skin. This recipe has a wonderful rejuvenating and lifting effect, so it is particularly indicated for use in the cold season for all skin types, especially this natural remedy will be useful for dry, irritated skin prone to fading.
Take a chocolate bar and melt it previously broken into small pieces, in a water bath. Into the melted chocolate, pour a tablespoon of oil. This may be olive, grape, flax, walnut or peach oil (any of your choice). Mix thoroughly and apply the resulting mixture on clean face with massaging movements avoiding the lips and eyes area. Allow the mask act for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
If you like chocolate face mask and apply them regularly (1-2 times a week) you can give your skin a lighter shade of bronze tan. Moreover, chocolate mask helps get rid of skin inflammation, reduces pimples and prevents their appearance, which is important for problem skin. Chocolate face mask well nourishes the skin and possesses refreshing effect.