Chocolate face masks for glowing skin

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Chocolates are considered the “finer things of life “. We’re pretty sure it’s the same for almost (if not) everyone. It’s even used to show love to others. Buy someone chocolates and send it over to them, you’ll have them reeling with appreciation and love. You could even cheer someone up simply with chocolates.
Did you know that beyond all of this, chocolates can be great for the skin. This is probably the last thing you want to hear, considering you probably prefer buying chocolate to eat not smear on your skin (such insolence!).
Relax, because apparently your skin loves chocolate twice as much as you do .

How Exactly Does Chocolate Benefit Your Skin?
Apart from the amazing health benefits chocolate possesses, it has beautiful effects on your skin, leaving it flawless, healthy and lustrous.
Here’s how :
• Dark chocolate contains polyphenols, flavanols and catechins. They are organic compounds that have antioxidant properties. Dark chocolates are made from cacao seed extracts considered super fruits in terms of the antioxidant capacity. According to a study, dark cocoa contains more polyphenols, flavanols and lots of other antioxidants compared to other fruits.
• It keeps your skin protected from sun damage. The flavanols in the chocolate boosts blood flow and hydration levels, but beyond that, it shields the skin from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays.
• Dark chocolate helps combat stress. Stress is one of the main causes of wrinkles and collagen breakdown. A study also says that Cocoa helps to reduce stress hormone levels.
• Studies have found that extracts from cacao are able to cure atopic dermatitis symptoms. A study involving mice was carried out and it was found that polyphenols in cacao extracts reduced inflammation and cured other allergic symptoms related to the skin conditions.
Now that’s done, let’s move on to face mask ideas you can try out with chocolate.
DIY Homemade Face Masks to try out with Chocolate

Lush Chocolate Face Mask For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder (the one used in baking).
• One tablespoon of honey
• A pinch of cinnamon
Honey and chocolate possesses antioxidant properties that get rid of bacteria. It does this without drying your skin. It also helps keep your skin soft and supple.

Here’s what you should do:

• In a clean bowl, mix the honey, cinnamon and cocoa powder
• Mix till you get a perfect taste. You can add more honey if the paste turns out to be too thick.
• Apply the paste onto your face and your neck
• Let it sit for thirty minutes and then wash off
• You should repeat twice a week

Dark Chocolate Face Mask

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Two bars of dark chocolate (you should find the ones that contain at least 70% cocoa)
• Two-thirds cup of milk
• Three tablespoons of brown sugar
• One teaspoon of sea salt.
The antioxidant content helps protect your skin from free radicals. It also nourishes your skin.

Here’s what you should do:

• Start by melting the chocolate bar in a bowl
• Add some sugar, salt and milk to the melted chocolate and mix them all up well.
• Let it cool before applying on your face and neck
• Let it stay on your face for twenty minutes and rinse off
• Twice a week is good enough.

Chocolate And Clay Face Mask

Here’s what you’ll need:

• A quarter cup of cocoa powder
• Two tablespoons of fuller’s earth (clay)
• One teaspoon of coconut oil
• One teaspoon of lemon juice
• Two tablespoons of plain yoghurt
Cocoa powder’s antioxidant properties help rejuvenate the skin, alongside the clay and coconut oil. Yoghurt and lemon juice contribute to the unclogging of your skin and its brightening.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly
• Apply on your face and neck
• Leave it on for twenty minutes before washing off with cold water
• Repeat this twice every week.

Chocolate Face Mask With Cocoa Powder And Heavy Cream

Here’s what you’ll need:

• One tablespoon of cocoa unsweetened powder
• One tablespoon of heavy cream
This face mask is extremely nourishing. It also hydrates the skin and is ideal for all skin types. It helps soften the skin, make it plump and calms it. Your skin will also appear smoother and shinier.

Here’s what you should do:

• Mix the cocoa powder with heavy cream and blend until you have a consistent paste.
• Make sure your face is clean before applying the face mask
• After application of the face mask, let it sit for another thirty minutes
• Wash off afterwards with cool water and pat dry
• Two times a week is ideal enough

Toning Chocolate Face Mask

Here’s what you’ll need:

• Chocolate, 50gm (you should melt it)
• One cup of watermelon
• One banana
• One cup of strawberry
This toning face mask with fruits will help hydrate your skin. It will also Moisturize the skin and make it healthier. The face mask is especially useful during seasons when the temperature is unbearably high. It calms, relaxes and soothes the skin, plus, the cooling effect is worth it.

Here’s what you should do:

• Start by blending all of the fruits
• Melt the chocolate into the pulp of the fruit
• Apply the face mask onto the your skin and leave it on your face for twenty minutes.
• After twenty minutes, wash off warm water and pat dry.
• You should repeat this procedure at least twice a week.

So you see, there are lots of fun ways to play around with chocolate and boost the health of your skin. The above are just a few ways to use your chocolates for more than taste bud pleasers. There are lots of others and you could research on them. Meanwhile, do you see yourself trying out one of these?
Which would you go for? Do let us know which you choose and how it works out for you.
Ps : Resist the temptation to eat your chocolate face mask. Your skin will thank you for it. It’s hard but it’s absolutely possible.

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