Chocolate not just for eating

Even if we imagine we drool… Chocolate is that one flavor loved by all ages and brings out the child in us.

Chocolate is one delicacy, irresistible and satisfying. But is chocolate sinful? Considering the calories it adds to one’s diet, or not just the calories but also acne, cholesterol, and all the other ill effects on our skin and health?

Let’s take a look and weigh our pound of chocolate.

Chocolate has more benefits than one could ever imagine and hardly anything dark to say other than how it looks.

It’s natural, vegan, vegetarian, and plant-based, derived from cocoa tree Theobroma cacao pods. These evergreen trees are found in southeastern Mexico and the Amazon basin.

Cocoa has high contents of:

  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Theobromines
  • Polyphenols

Ladies, have you ever imagined why most of us have premenstrual chocolate cravings or why one craves chocolates when sad or depressed? The answer is its effect on our serotonin level. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects our moods, making us happy and helping us come out of our blues. Now you know why. So, don’t stop yourself from the chocolate indulgence and see how instantly it positively affects the mood.

Now let’s talk about what it does when applied on the skin.

This magical delicacy is full of antioxidants, rich in flavanol, and has almost 329 mg of antioxidants.

It fights against UV and environmental damages on the skin, increases blood flow to the skin, decreases pore size, combats dryness by preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), improves collagen, thus improving the elasticity and thickness of the skin, and works as an anti-cellulite agent.

With lots of research, we now know that external environmental factors play an important role in skin aging than your own hereditary and DNA. The more you protect your skin from oxidative stress, pollution, UV light, the later you show signs of aging like sunspots, fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.

Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidant. ‘Polyphenols possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and DNA repair properties and can be used for the prevention of a variety of skin issues caused by excessive exposure to solar UV light’ – said in one of the studies. This is one of the reasons using cacao-based facial products will help aging skin to restore its health and if started early, prevent early environmental damage.

Keep a habit of using dark chocolate face masks once to twice a week to combat extrinsic aging, fight pollution, and rejuvenate your skin. As we age, our skin relaxes and our skin pores get relaxed and dilated. Cocoa is one product just like tea and coffee along with its antioxidant properties has astringent properties because of xanthine contents. Xanthines are aromatic organic compounds which occur widely in nature. Cocoa is rich in two well-known Xanthines which are astringent and can work in anti-cellulite.

After sleepless nights or stressful days, let the puffiness around your eye melt down with a cosmetic-grade cocoa pack. It will tighten skin around the eyes, relax wrinkles, and help the puffiness to go down.

Studies have shown that eating excess chocolate can lead to acne in acne-prone skin, but application on the skin has substantial benefits on the skin.

Below are some Clinical studies quoted about the benefits of cocoa on the skin.

In moderately photo-aged women, regular cocoa flavanol consumption had positive effects on facial wrinkles and elasticity. Cocoa flavanol supplementation may contribute to the prevention of the progression of photo-aging’. This trial was registered at as NCT02060097.

Flavonoid compounds in CPE (cocoa pod extracts) contributed to the functional cosmetic properties of CPE. The CPE, which is nontoxic to skin cells, helps to reduce wrinkles on the skin after 3 weeks of application. CPE can be used as the active ingredients in anti-wrinkle products, and prolonged application may result in significant visual changes to the naked eye.

Anti- ageing, anti- pollution chocolate mask recipe

Easy homemade formula 


Avocado pulp, half – Works as emollient, rich in vitamin E and tannins, a wonderful antioxidant. Avocado moisturizes the skin.

Dark cocoa powder, two tsp: Antioxidant, anti-aging agent.

Vitamin E, 10 drops: You can get from a pharmaceutical store over the counter, antioxidant, fight against pollution.

Rose water: Anti-aging, skin-shooting properties, nearly 2 to 4 teaspoons.


Take out the pulp of avocado and make a smooth paste. Add cocoa powder to make a thick paste, add rose water, not to make it very runny but a thick paste like thick puree. You can also mix it through a grinder for 30 seconds or smash with a smasher.

Keep it for 15 minutes to ½ hour; it won’t make your skin dry so don’t worry. Leaving your skin hydrated, soft, and ready to fight against environmental threats.

Recommended for dry, aging, tired skin, for people living in high pollution areas.



Sangeeta Patil

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