Apply chocolate for skin enhancement

IANS . New Delhi | Update:

Not only is eating chocolates good for your body, applying it to your skin, face or body can provide a lot of benefits as well for better and smoother skin tone, suggest experts. So what can be a better day than World Chocolate Day -- that is being celebrated on Friday -- to start adding this delicacy in your diet religiously.

* Chocolates are rich in anti-oxidants which helps in reversing the signs of ageing.
* They have anti-inflammatory properties which makes it extremely suitable for very sensitive and dry skin.
* Dark Chocolate helps in improving skin texture, giving you a more smooth and moisturised skin.
* Chocolates contain flavanols, antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage, free radicals and improve skin hydration.
* Flavanols are phytonutrients that help in reducing blood pressure, cholesterol level, reducing the risk of heart diseases, controlling blood sugar level and moisturising & softening of the skin.
* Chocolate when combined with caffeine, which is an excellent anti- inflammatory product, is ideal for treating water retention.
* Chocolate facial is a new fad introduced in the beauty and personal care industry. It not only can improve the skin tone, but is also great in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
* Mix 1/3rd cup of cocoa powder with 2-3 tablespoon of honey and add a few lemon drops to it. Apply this chocolate face mask on your face evenly and leave it for about 15-20 minutes before washing. This will give your skin a smoother and clearer tone along with a radiant glow.
* It can slow down the process of ageing by stopping or slowing down the action of free radicals.

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