If you were ever looking for an excuse to stuff your face with chocolate, this is it. Not only is today International Chocolate Day, but – contrary to popular belief – chocolate isn’t all bad. Just be sure to steer away from the heavily processed, sugar-laden kind and opt for the dark variety with a high cocoa content that’s (preferably) raw and organic, of course.
It’s been proven that a small amount of organic, dark chocolate is actually very good for you as it’s abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It can also help lower blood pressure and improve cognitive brain function, all whilst releasing those feel-good endorphins. “Chocolate and cocoa can also help protect the cardiovascular system, ultimately playing a role in helping to reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis, a disease in which fatty deposits build up on the arteries’ inner walls,” says Dr. Nicholas Perricone, founder of skincare brand Perricone MD, much to our delight.
But cocoa doesn’t just make for a delicious and healthy treat, it also works wonders for the skin thanks to its ability to break down free radicals. Chocolate-packed products boast amazing anti-aging and antioxidant properties, and they contain soothing vitamin E to calm irritated and sensitive skin.
As Dr. Perricone explains, “Cocoa contains more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables. By weight, it has more antioxidants than blueberries or green tea.” Five times the amount as green tea, to be exact! He also goes on to explain that there’s a chemical within cocoa that “helps protect skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and can play a role in impacting the visible signs of aging”.
It’s also a mighty moisturizer as it penetrates the top skin layer, effectively hydrating and repairing deep down to leave your skin soft, supple, and glowing. Being such an excellent emollient makes it brilliant for those suffering from dry skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. The fact that it smells divine is just the proverbial (chocolate-covered) cherry on top, so go loco for cocoa with these chocolate-infused beauty products that will pamper you to perfection.
The Face Mask
Ever dreamed about covering your face in chocolate? Then this one’s for you. Not only does this face mask soften skin and wrestle wrinkles, but it also refreshes and revitalizes to give you a gorgeous glow. It blends cocoa, honey, and coconut milk with active ingredients (including enzymes and ginseng extract) to help boost natural defenses against aging and dullness. Simply scoop up, smooth on, and let it work its magic to give your face a new lease of life.
Farmhouse Fresh ‘Sundae Best Chocolate Softening Mask’
The Lip Lover
Made with real decadent cocoa powder and vanilla absolute, this lip lover is a rather delicious way to get a smooth smile. Caster sugar helps to scrub off dry, dead skin whilst organic jojoba oil nourishes and softens. You may be tempted to lick it off – and the good news is that you can because it’s made with all-natural ingredients. Bonus.
Lush ‘Cookie Dough Lip Scrub’
The Body Scrub
Packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and Mother Nature’s finest, this super scrub is the ultimate way to buff your body beautiful while reaping some seriously chocolatey rewards. It contains Himalayan rock salt and brown sugar to scrub away dry, flaky skin. There are also cacao, sweet almond oil, and vitamins E and C to help hydrate, nourish, and soften. As it contains no harsh nasties, it’s perfect for even the driest and most sensitive of skins, and it can be used on your face too.
Grounded ‘Chocolate Orange Body Scrub’
The Super Serum
Quench thirsty skin while getting your chocolate fix in with this super SoKo serum. Providing an intense hit of hydration in a light, watery formula, it boasts a whopping 80 percent high cacao extract and is packed with plumping and moisturizing hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-rich green tea, soothing chamomile, and purifying rosemary.
Benton ‘Cacao Moist and Mild Serum’
The Body Lotion
Not only will this creamy body lotion leave you smelling good enough to eat (literally), it also helps strengthen and deeply hydrate skin thanks to its regenerating and nourishing blend of shea butter, cocoa extract, and almond and avocado oils. Formulated with only a handful of top-quality ingredients (less really is more), it smoothes and soothes while providing essential fatty acids to nourish, tone, and restore the lipid barrier. Plus, you can pick from ‘mint’, ‘orange’, or ‘rose’ flavors. Delicious.
Indi Chocolate ‘Body Lotion’