27 Jan Chocolate Face Mask for Glowing Skin
Chocolate is a delicious treat, but it also doubles as a skincare ingredient. This edible chocolate face-mask (which makes enough for two face-masks) features raw cacao powder and other ingredients right from the kitchen that make skin healthier, the tasty way.
- 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon of yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of raw honey
- ¼ of a banana
In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork, and begin to add the remaining ingredients. Generously apply the chocolate mixture to the face and neck. After 10-20 minutes, wash the face-mask off and there you have it!
Cacao powder is really the star of the show here. This nutritional powerhouse is high in antioxidants, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, copper, potassium, phosphorous, iron, calcium, pantothenic acid, folate, B6, nicain, and riboflavin. These minerals and other components work together to prevent skin cell damage and repair damaged skin. The caffeine in cacao is said to increase circulation to the skin to reduce redness and tone skin for a firmer appearance. Theobromine is another antioxidant found in cacao less stimulating than caffeine but still known to increase blood flow to the skin. Theobromine has also been studied for its ability to protect against sun damage and even cancer.
Chocolate and banana taste great together, but they also play well together in a face-mask. Bananas are high in vitamin C, B6, folate, riboflavin, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and niacin. (Not to mention vitamin A, thiamin, selenium, iron and pantothenic acid in smaller doses.) An interesting study found extremely high levels of the antioxidant dopamine in both the peel and pulp of bananas. Bananas also contain a variety of polyphenol antioxidants that help to protect cells and preserve the integrity of the body’s cells.
Yogurt is the ideal choice for consumption and this face-mask. It also boasts about 62% higher in anti-inflammatory omega-3 (while grain-fed cows produce dairy high in inflammation-causing omega-6). Grass-fed dairy products are also up to 5 times higher in conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. CLA has been shown to reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage that can lead to cancerous tumours. Yogurt is also rich in probiotics, calcium, vitamins A and D, B12, B2, and phosphorous.
Raw honey is naturally antibacterial, making it great for acne-prone skin types. This sticky substance is anti-inflammatory, helps heal blemishes, balances pH, and cleanses pores. It’s highly moisturising and combats the signs of ageing skin by increasing firmness and decreasing skin imperfections.