Are you ready for some great news? We want to talk about chocolate today, specifically dark chocolate, and four fabulous reasons why it is great for your skin. You heard us! Dark chocolate benefits your skin, so grab a square or two of your favourite dark chocolate and read on!
WHY DARK CHOCOLATE IS AWESOME FOR YOUR SKIN
Dark chocolate is one of those wonderful things in life that offers a sweet surprise in terms of skin health. That is to say that our skin totally loves it for a number of reasons! This delicious treat holds all sorts of properties that will blow your mind when it comes to its impact on skin health. Here are four reasons why dark chocolate is awesome for your skin.
DARK CHOCOLATE BENEFITS #1:
RICH IN VITAMINS
Dark chocolate is rich in vitamins A, B1, C, D and E, plus iron and calcium. Chocolate and cocoa nourish your skin from the inside out to replace lost moisture. Which means your skin is really happy when introduced to some dark chocolate delicacies.
DARK CHOCOLATE BENEFITS #2:
Cocoa and dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than any other fruits tested. It has even more than blueberries and acai berries! Who knew?
DARK CHOCOLATE BENEFITS #3:
The flavonols in cocoa and dark chocolate can protect against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration. The minimal erythemal dose (MED) is the minimum amount of UVB rays required to cause redness in the skin 24 hours after exposure. In one study of 30 people, the MED more than doubled after consuming dark chocolate high in flavanols for 12 weeks.
DARK CHOCOLATE BENEFITS #4:
Cocoa is a source of magnesium. Magnesium plays a vital role in over 300 enzyme reactions throughout our body, including helping to maintain a healthy hormonal balance! As well as balancing blood sugar imbalances and hormones, supplementing with magnesium can be a really effective way to combat digestive issues such a constipation, reflux as well as stress, anxiety and fatigue – all of which can be linked to acne! If you suffer from constipation, stress, anxiety or fatigue along with skin issues and hormone imbalances then supplementing with magnesium can be very beneficial.
DON’T SAY NO TO DARK CHOCOLATE
So the next time a piece of dark chocolate comes your way, remember that you don’t have to say no. Indulging in a square or two can actually benefit your skin in surprising ways.
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