Chocolate is a delicious treat, but it also doubles as a skincare ingredient. There's chocolate in my homemade foundation powder and even in my dry shampoo recipe for those busy, greasy hair days. This edible chocolate face mask features raw cacao powder and other ingredients right from the kitchen that make skin healthier, the tasty way.
Hmm, make a smoothie or treat my skin? Maybe I'll double the recipe and do both!
Is Chocolate Good for Your Face?
In a word, yes! This mask includes several ingredients that are all excellent for the skinâ¦
Skin Benefits of Raw Cacao
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 increases 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.
This chocolate face mask is completely edible, and I admit, it's hard to resist the temptation to lick the bowl. It's as healthy to eat as it is for the face though, so no judgement if you munch a little while waiting to wash it off!
Skin Benefits of Banana
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.
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