Dark chocolate (chocolates with over 70% cocoa) is an indulge that you can be proud of. Chocolate comes from the bean of cacao fruit. Cacao beans have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Fresh cacao beans are super-rich in antioxidants (molecules that protect skin from environmental damage) containing 10,000 milligrams of flavanol antioxidants for every 100 grams of cacao.
Flavanols help keep blood platelets more fluid- decreasing your risk for heart attack or stroke from a clot. In one study, flavonols even improved skin hydration, which is important for young-looking skin. The antioxidants in chocolates protect your skin from UV damage, fight free radicals and sun spots and increase the blood flow in the body.
Dark chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins-chemicals in the brain that bring on feelings of pleasure. It also contains the chemical serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant. You might have come across cocoa butter and chocolate-based products in your daily skin regimen while many spas now offer chocolate body wraps and other chocolate treatments because the key ingredients in chocolate can nourish the skin with essential nutrients, detoxify, rejuvenate and also reduce inflammation.
Chocolate and cocoa are often combined with caffeine and other detoxifying ingredients to help promote circulation and soften the skin.