We all agree that chocolate is good for our body. It boosts us when we’re down, helps prevent heart attacks and heart-related diseases, it is both aphrodisiac and antioxidant. These benefits also make chocolate perfect when it comes to beauty: dark chocolate helps you keep your skin healthy, elastic and young, delaying decay and protecting your skin from damaging UV rays.
But what if we are on a strict diet and can’t eat chocolate? No problem, we can still enjoy its benefits to pamper our bodies. It can be the basis for skin treatments, hair compresses, scrubs and beauty masks. Many beauty centres have recently introduced chocolate massages and treatments, but you can get the same results at home, using simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
For example, dark chocolate, melted over boiling water and mixed with honey and sugar, becomes a perfect exfoliating scrub to give your skin more brilliance and tone. To get a nourishing compress for your hair mix a teaspoon of olive oil, a tablespoon of natural yoghurt, a tablespoon of cocoa powder and a little honey: leave on your hair for half an hour before proceeding with your normal shampoo. Both tasty and moisturising is the facial mask made of blended banana and melted chocolate, which you apply gently on your skin and leave on for ten minutes. Then rinse it off with water and complete the treatment with a natural nourishing cream.
Melted chocolate mixed with lavender and rosemary essential oils, is both relaxing and stimulates your senses. It is perfect for a massage: try it with your partner, to improve your mood and forget everyday worries. Finally, if you are subject to chapped lips, you can create a delicious home-made moisturising lip balm using shea butter mixed with a tablespoon of cocoa powder. Put the balm into a small container so you can carry it around in your pocket or bag.