Chocolate as a skincare ingredient? It almost sounds too good to be true, yet a growing volume of scientific research is pointing toward the notion that this is indeed the case. As it turns out, cacao-infused cosmetics seem to have the perfect blend of chemical compounds that tone and tighten (hello chocolate body scrubs
!), even out complexion, and fight the signs of aging
The skincare and beauty researchers at Cocoàge Cosmetics
are believers in chocolate. In fact, they developed an entire line of skincare products around the ingredient. We asked them: “Is chocolate good for your skin?” and spoke with them at length to understand exactly what the science says about chocolate’s impact on your skin
Is Chocolate Good for Your Skin? A Scientific Exploration
#1 UV Protection
One of the skin’s biggest enemies is the harmful UV rays from the sun. They can damage the skin and ultimately lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Yet a 2009 study of 30 people found that those who consumed dark chocolate for 12 weeks had significantly more protection from the sun than those who did not consume chocolate.
#2 Skin-Boosting Impact
One of the reasons chocolate may have this effect is because it has a big-time impact on overall skin health. A separate study, for example, showed that chocolate actually made the skin thicker and more hydrated. It also improved the microcirculation of blood to the skin cells, enhancing its nourishment even more.
#3 Overall Antioxidant Power
Taken to a molecular level, it appears that the individual antioxidants present in chocolate are what give it many of its powers for skin protection. The flavonoids known as theobromine and theophylline, for example, actually have a tightening and lifting effect on the skin.
Through the years, the result is less saggy skin and fewer wrinkles
. Another important polyphenol present in chocolate is known as procyanidin. This compound has specific properties for making the skin taut and supple, further fighting the aging process.
So is chocolate good for your skin?
We believe so and science has a lot to say about it. What do you think?