Healthy skin is beautiful skin which begins from the inside out. But chocolate isn’t just for eating. Topically, cacao butter absorbs quickly, acts as a sunscreen to block out harmful UV rays, increases blood flow to the skin to keep it glowing, and because of the high levels of Omega-6, stimulates healing and cellular rejuvenation. The experts are still unsure as to how this happens, but most agree that the key constituent responsible for this may be theobromin, the dark liquid mass we know as chocolate. Theobromin is believed to act as a vasodilator which in turn carries oxygen and nutrients that activate collagen production. And as we all know collagen is the magic glue that keeps our skin plump and youthful looking that as we age, diminishes and subsequently weakens the scaffold which once supported it. As a result, our skin begins to sag and wrinkles become markedly visible. The other component thought to be beneficial to skin is caffeine.
How is caffeine benefical to skin care?
While theobromin stimulates blood flow, the anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine reduces puffiness; especially around the eye area. The combination of cacao butter, ground cacao nibs, and coffee grinds—when used as part of a beautifying routine— exfoliates dead skin cells, stimulates collagen production, and firms the elasticity of skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and cellulite. The natural botanicals in this body-facial polisher, contain the added benefits of honey that acts as an antibacterial for acne treatment to soothe the skin, and because honey is hydrophilic, it retains moisture to give your skin a dewy glow.
Recipe notes: What you will need: Saucepan, whisk, spatula and plastic container. Yields 4-cups. Difficulty level: Very easy. Suggested usage: Daily as a facial cleanser/polisher, and weekly for neck and decolletage.
- 8-oz Semi sweet dark chocolate
- 8-oz Grape seed oil
- 1/4 lb coffee, espresso grind (very, very fine)
- 2-oz cacao nibs ground
- 2-oz cacao powder
- In saucepan, warm oil, and add chocolate, whisking occasionally till chocolate is melted.
- In spice mill, grind cacao nibs to a powder, add to chocolate along with remaining ingredients, stir.
- Pour into desired container and refrigerate for a few hours till it forms a solid.
- Spoon desired amount in to an unbreakable container and keep in the shower.