Friday, May 14, 2010
Chocolate Helps Everything
Who doesn't love chocolate? Give me a little chocolate and a little bit of wine, and I'm a happy girl. So what about a chocolate face mask? Yes, that's right! I know, I know. People say that chocolate can give you acne, but not true my friend. Spread the love all over your face. (Please don't go melt a Hershey bar and literally spread it on your face)
Not only is this mask diet friendly,it is an excellent moisturizer, that leaves your skin soft and glowing. It is filled with tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is a precursor of serotonin, neurotransmitter that is thought to regulate mood. Cocoa powder, which is what chocolate is made of, is a wonderful and powerful antioxidant. It protects and frees the skin from free radicals, that cause significant damage to skin layers.
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup of honey
2 tablespoons of heavy cream (sour cream will work as well)
3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder
Mix all the ingredient until the mass in consistent. Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skin cell layer. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with luke warm water.
In case you are wondering, there is a reason oatmeal and honey are added to this mix. Similar to its use in body scrub recipes, oatmeal it is recommended for sensitive skin, but can be used in preparation of facial masks for any skin type, as well as for preparation of facial exfoliants as it is gentle on the skin, yet highly powerful.
Honey on the other hand, is a great anti-bacterial agent, deeply cleanses your skin and opens up clogged pores. Now that you know all these benefits of chocolate, not only can you be guilt free while eating it, you can prepare an excellent chocolate face mask recipe and aid to your skin's youthful look and nourishment.
So spread the love and enjoy!!
**I am a liscensed esthetician in the state of Texas