Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Chocolate - your beauty ally

We all love chocolate, because it is so tasty and sweet and improves our mood. But did you know that chocolate is very healthy for your skin and hair? Of course, I'm talking about dark chocolate. :)

Dark chocolate (which has a low sugar content and a high proportion of cocoa) is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are nutritious for skin. After you eat a piece of dark chocolate, all the irregularities on the skin soothe and it automatically becomes smooth.  It is a proven fact that chocolate has more antioxidants than strawberries. Eating it in decent portions can make you look not only happier but also healthier.

Iron, calcium, and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are among the many nutrients that are found in dark chocolate. Replace a cup of coffee or green tea with cocoa that will deeply nourish your skin and give it a healthy glow. You can make the chocolate scrub to remove dead skin cells. Just mix olive oil, brown sugar and cocoa powder.

Flavonol (component in dark chocolate) helps protect skin protection from sunburn, redness and other UV damage, which has been clinically proven. When applied directly to the skin, can recover and provide the necessary moisture to areas of the body that are exposed to sunlight. However, do not give up on sunscreen.

Copper, zinc and iron are minerals that stimulate the growth and repair of cells. So, eating chocolate every day will increase the flow of oxygen and blood to the scalp which will result in healthier and stronger hair.

Chocolate hair mask for dull, lifeless hair

  •  1  tablespoon cocoa powder
  •  3 tablespoons soft cheese
  •  few drops of lukewarm water

Mix cheese and cocoa with few drops of water into a smooth paste. Spread the mask over washed, clean hair, and let it work for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Chocolate and honey face mask

  •  1 tablespoon finely grated chocolate with more than 70% of cocoa 
  •  1 teaspoon of liquid honey
  •  slightly moist face cream
Mix all ingredients into a smooth paste and apply it on the face, neck and decolletage. Allow to stand for 15 minutes, then remove it with wet towel.

Chocolate body scrub

  •  3 tablespoons cocoa powder      
  •  4 tablespoons brown sugar

Mix ingredients and rub apply to the body. Rinse it with warm water. Scrub successfully softens the rougher parts of the body, such as knees and elbows.

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