Superfood Has Multiple Benefits for Skin
When Doris and I heard that dark chocolate was a must to eat for great skin, we did a major happy dance. We launched our company, The Skin Bitches, this year and have always been interested in what foods have the most benefit for our health and wellness, especially for skin and body care. Now we want to share with our fellow Bitches!
Doris has traditionally been a milk chocolate lover until I slowly encouraged her to come over to ‘the darker side’ of chocolate. Usually, dark is synonymous with the level of cacao. Benefits are traditionally seen at the “70% Cacao” mark and are so plentiful you will wonder why you have not been breaking off a piece after every meal!
Dark chocolate is
- Rich in vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, plus iron and calcium, nourishing your skin from the inside out
- Raw cacao can help keep your skin looking youthful and plump by preventing the breakdown of collagen, the wrinkle-fighting protein.
- Dark chocolate is gentle on your skin and can work wonders when it comes to soothing irritated skin since it is a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Cacao is full of antioxidants and fatty acids (such as stearic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid) that helps keep your skin feeling smooth and protected by warding off free radical damage.
- Cacao can even help prevent the signs of aging by promoting cell growth
- Dark chocolate helps reduce dark spots and pigmentation and keeps skin glowing and healthy. It also works to bring back skin moisture and keeps it locked in, improves collagen content, and boosts circulation, all of which helps delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Essential minerals found in dark chocolate like copper, iron, and zinc promote cell growth and nourish your skin, keeping it looking younger.
Look for the labels with the highest percentage of cacao and the fewest ingredients. This is one of The Skin Bitches favorite hacks: Look at food labels not for any “numbers”, simply read the ingredients – the fewer, whole ingredients, the better!