Besides tasting delicious, chocolates are good for the skin! Beauty experts frequently use chocolate, cocoa and cocoa butter in skin care treatments because of their excellent moisturizing properties. Chocolates also contain antioxidants, which means it can prevent free radical damage and protect skin’s natural elasticity.
Here are a few ideas for luxe DIY beauty treatments from Mother Earth Living that you can pamper yourself with.
Mocha facial mask
Facial masks that make use of chocolate can help exfoliate the skin, help retain moisture and and perk up an otherwise dull complexion. Simply mix together 4 tablespoons finely ground espresso or coffee, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder and 8 tablespoons whole milk until you have a smooth paste. Spread over your face and neck, avoiding the eye and mouth area. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes and rinse well with warm water.
Chocolate lip balm
A rich chocolate and cocoa butter lip balm can help soothe and protect your lips. All you need is 1 1/2 teaspoons grated cocoa butter, 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, and 1/2 teaspoon grated dark or milk chocolate. Combine all the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler on the stovetop and melt until you have a smooth liquid. Pour the liquid into a small jar or lip balm tube and allow it to cool completely. For a unique flavor, you can also add 1 to 2 drops of essential oil like pure orange, mint or lavender.
Cocoa butter cuticle cream
When combined with coconut oil, cocoa butter can help keep your nails in top shape by boosting circulation and promoting healthy nail growth. Just heat 1 teaspoon cocoa butter and 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a small pot until melted. Stir mixture well and pour it a clean dish or container. Allow the cream to cool completely. Massage a small amount into your cuticles daily.