Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh, Chocolate! Look What You've Done to My Skin.

Yes, chocolate can help you fight wrinkles. That smooth, melting, velvety chocolate that you love to eat is full of antioxidants that can help your skin prevent damage that leads to the formation of wrinkles. Bite into this delicious treat and say goodbye to your wrinkles.

Better than Red Wine and Green Tea
Before you load your purse with a dozen chocolate eggs you need to know that not all chocolate is created equally. Chocolate is from cocoa beans. This bean is a great source of many antioxidants that help your skin neutralize free radicals before they damage the structures in your skin that keep it tight and youthful looking. Sunlight, cosmetics and toxins in your diet can cause free radicals to form in your skin. These nasty molecules damage all parts of your skin, including the collagen and elastin that keep your skin tight, strong and elastic. Antioxidants, such as those found in cocoa beans can stop these free radicals and thus help you fight wrinkles. In fact, cocoa has more antioxidants than red wine or green tea.

Dark is Best
When cocoa beans are converted into chocolate eggs or bars it can loose a lot of these antioxidants. The best source of these wrinkle-fighting antioxidants is a cup of cocoa or a dark chocolate bar. Those milk chocolate bars are not great for your skin. They contain saturated fat that can reduce the ability of the antioxidants in the chocolate to benefit your skin. Cocoa has about one-third of a gram of fat per one cup serving, compared with eight grams of fat in a standard-size 40 gram chocolate bar.

Fights Wrinkles and Inflammation
Eating chocolate is thought to improve your skin’s ability to fight wrinkles and inflammation. Chocolate has been linked with improved heart health as it can fight inflammation. The skin is also prone to inflammation as damage caused by free radicals can trigger inflammatory reactions. The result is redness and puffy skin.  Eating a piece of dark chocolate for dessert or enjoying a warm cup of from-scratch cocoa in the evening may help you prevent puffy eyes the next morning.

It’s finally okay to eat chocolate. Dig into that natural, dark chocolate and enjoy it skin healthy benefits.

My Confession:
I LOVE chocolate. It's soooo delicious. But, I actually only eat organic, fair-trade chocolate...and just a few squares at night. Mmmm...enjoy!

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