Chocolate has always made the female gender happy. It is a symbol of love, happiness and self-indulgence and hence is called a girl’s best friend. Interestingly, the world has now discovered that not only does chocolate keep your taste buds happy, it is good for your skin too.
Chocolate comes from cocoa and is packed with many nutrients, e.g. flavonoids, antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids. It is a source of vitamins like Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2 and B5 and minerals like magnesium, calcium and zinc. Since chocolate is so full of essential elements, it helps protect the skin.
How is Chocolate Good for Your Skin?
- Improves skin tone and blood flow
- Removes skin blemishes
- Reduces damage from sun’s harmful UV rays,
- Collagen production improves and restores skin radiance
- Tones up wrinkled skin
- Controls the skin oiliness, additionally reduces the large pores
How Does One Use it?
There are a variety of facials and face packs which are commercially available. You can bring them home and apply them. Your nearby beauty salons will also offer many facial nourishment packs using chocolate. However, today we will share with you some of the tried and tested recipes that you can create at your own home. For those who have never tried face packs at home, applying face pack is a multi-step process. Cleansing and scrubbing are two important prerequisites before applying any face pack, and post-removal of the pack a good cream massage is important.
Pack #1 – Chocolate & Multani Face Mask
A few cycles of this face pack and your face should start seeing radiance and glow. You will start experiencing better skin texture, reduced oiliness and an even skin complexion.
- Chocolate Powder
- Mesmara Multani Mitti/Fullers Earth
- Freshly Pressed Orange Juice
- Rose water (Optional)
Take 4 tablespoons of orange juice and mix equal portions of chocolate powder and multani mitti in a bowl. It is as simple as that.
Make sure you have wiped your face with cotton dipped in water or rose water and then apply the paste. Leave it for 20 minutes and then wash your face with cool water.
Pack #2 – Chocolate & Honey Face Pack
This pack is specifically useful for those who have dry and rough skin. It is aimed to rejuvenate and smoothen your skin. It provides nourishment and enhances your skin tone. For best results you can use this pack every alternate day.
- Chocolate Powder
In a bowl, mix one tablespoon honey with four tablespoons of milk. Once the honey has dissolved, add to the mixture about two tablespoons of chocolate powder. You should keep stirring it to form a smooth paste.
Best results from this pack are achieved if your pores are open before its application. Wipe face with a warm moist towel to open the pores. You can alternatively steam your face too. Evenly apply at least two layers over your face and neck. The consistency of application will be better if someone else applies it on you. You should let it stay on for half an hour. When it is time to remove, use moderate temperature water, neither too warm nor very cold. Also, do not rub it off but gently wash it off.
Pack #3 – Aloe Vera & Chocolate Face Pack
This pack will help reduce your stubborn blemishes, dark spots and scars due to acne or pimples. It will even out your skin tone.
Mix aloe vera powder and chocolate powder, both one tablespoon each, to form a consistent mixture. Then add 2 tbsp of honey and stir till you get a smooth paste.
You need to massage this paste gently on your face and especially to the affected areas where the marks are evident. Subsequently, leave the paste to dry. After about 15 mins, you can wash it off with lukewarm water.
Pack #4 – Choco Coconut Face Pack
This pack is good for extremely dry skin. It is also a suitable pack for winters, when your skin tends to be dry.
- Mesmara Cocoa butter
- Brown Sugar
- Coconut Oil
Take equal quantities of all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together.
Use it to gently scrub the face. After scrubbing for about 10 minutes, you can wash it away with warm water. You can feel the difference in your skin as it becomes smooth and supple.
Pack #5 – Chocolate & Walnut Face Pack
This face pack helps in moisturizing the skin and unclog pores to keep impurities and bacteria away. Walnuts used in the pack help in keeping the skin soft.
- A Milk Chocolate Bar
- 2-3 Walnut kernels
Use a pestle to make a coarse powder of the walnut kernels. Melt the milk chocolate bar in a bowl. Add the walnut powder and mix well.
Scrub the face gently with this paste for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and dab the skin dry. Regular use of this pack is going to give a plump and glowing skin.
Next time when you visit the supermarket to buy chocolates, get some extra for you DIY chocolate face pack for glowing skin.