Indulge in good skin this Christmas with…. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate

Many people assume that all chocolate is bad for you but this is not entirely true. The cocoa butter in chocolate helps to soften the skin, this is why in recent years it has become a popular ingredient in skin care treatments and products.

Chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins around the body which help to produce sensations of pleasure and helps to relieve stress. Dark chocolate in particular is extremely rich in flavanoids and ant-oxidants which help to fight the signs of aging by protecting the skin from free radicals. Free radicals can cause cell damage which breaks down the collagen and elastin in skin cells and can lead to heart disease.

The high fat and sugar content in milk chocolate may trigger breakouts and spots but dark chocolate doesn’t contain as much sugar and fat as milk chocolate so the risk of breakouts forming is reduced.

Although dark chocolate has some health benefits, like all other chocolate, it must be consumer in moderation to avoid weight gain and other negative health effects. To get full health benefits of dark chocolate, always choose good quality dark chocolate with at least 60% cocoa. Remember the higher the cocoa content the better the health benefits and always consume chocolate in moderation.

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