Chocolate is always on the menu. We all know that it is not as healthy as a piece of fruit, though it makes us happy and that counts, right? But, what about the effects of chocolate on the skin?
There are many myths and facts about eating chocolate and the effects it has on the skin. The most important thing you should know is that chocolate often consists of a few components. Firstly, chocolate contains milk powder and / or sugar. Both of these ingredients are often associated with restless or impure skin.
Next, chocolate naturally also consists of cacao. Various positive effects of chocolate are mainly attributed to this ingredient. Centuries ago, cacao was eaten to, for example, stimulate the nervous system or improve digestion. The lower the milk powder and sugar levels in the chocolate and the higher the cacao level, which makes it purer chocolate, the healthier it is. What are then the benefits of eating dark chocolate for the skin?
A delicious piece of chocolate contains a lot of strong protectors for the skin, namely certain antioxidants. Cacao contains certain flavanols in large quantities. Flavanols are substances that are naturally present in vegetable foods. These antioxidants help, among other things, protect the skin against and limit the damage caused by UV.
These same flavanols are also strong aids in preventing the ageing of the skin. The antioxidants stimulate the cell production of older cells and increase the amount of collagen in the skin. The cacao additionally stimulates blood circulation in the upper layer of your skin and gives your skin a boost. Your skin will shine and look fresher thanks to this extra supply of oxygen and nutrients.
The skin can also extract many other nutrients from pure chocolate such as iron, calcium and vitamins A, B1, C, D and E are just a few of these. These nutrients, vitamins and minerals ensure a well-nourished, hydrated and shiny skin.