Not only is eating chocolates good for your body, applying it to your skin, face or body can lead to smoother skin tone, suggest experts. So what can be a better day than World Chocolate Day to start adding this delicacy in your diet religiously? Aakriti Kochar, Beauty and Makeup Expert, Oriflame India, and Mehar Rajput, Nutritionist and Dietitian from FITPASS, share tips on how chocolates can provide fruitful benefits for your skin:
Previous studies have shown that it can boost the brain and lower risk of heart flutter. It is also one of the most ordered items online.
* Chocolates are rich in antioxidants which help reverse signs of ageing. It can slow down the process of ageing by stopping or slowing down the action of free radicals. They also have anti-inflammatory properties which make it extremely suitable for very sensitive and dry skin. Dark chocolate helps in improving skin texture, giving you a more smooth and moisturised skin.
* Chocolates contain flavanols, antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage, free radicals and improve skin hydration. Flavanols are phytonutrients that help in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol level, reducing the risk of heart diseases, controlling blood sugar level and moisturising as well as softening of the skin.
* When combined with caffeine, chocolate is an excellent anti- inflammatory product, and is ideal for treating water retention.
* Chocolate facial is a new fad introduced in the beauty and personal care industry. It not only improves the skin tone but is also great for reducing wrinkles and fine lines. A simple method is to mix a 1/3rd cup of cocoa powder with 2-3 tablespoon of honey and add a few lemon drops to it. Apply this chocolate face mask on your face evenly and leave it for about 15-20 minutes before washing. This will give your skin a smoother and clearer tone along with a radiant glow.
(This report was published in Hindustan Times)