SPA chocolate treatments are enjoying quite a popularity nowadays. Is it only due to this marvellous smell that stimulates appetite? See for yourself 🙂
Undoubtedly, chocolate is underestimated when it comes to its beautifying action. Why is that? First and foremost, we think that food products we consume shouldn’t be used to treat our body with; we consider them as unsuitable for skin beautifying purposes. For that reason, you need to realize that plenty of substances of our diet can be used to condition our skin as well. Many of them are perfect for nourishing fatigued skin as they contain a load of precious features. This applies to chocolate, for example. Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about it 🙂
SWEET WAY TO MAKE YOUR SKIN SUPPLE! ♥
I don’t know if you are aware of this but chocolate hides many precious nourishing substances. Yes, eating chocolate is beneficial to us. Apart from this, you can make a good use of chocolate in a daily body care routine. Why is it worth doing this?
A high quality chocolate (let’s exclude all the chocolate-like products) bases on cocoa, and this, in turn, comes from nuts of cocoa tree. This is an evergreen plant which grows in the tropical rainforests and bears fruit all year long. It’s a kind of sustainable source of delicious and healthy cocoa. What’s interesting, Latin name for cocoa tree, Theobroma cacao, can be translated into ‘food for Gods’. In my opinion, this tells a lot about how a beneficial substance natural cocoa, and chocolate made of it, is.
Features of chocolate
The composition of a high quality chocolate is mainly made of cocoa, cocoa butter, fat and milk. The higher the percentage content of cocoa is, the better (form the cosmetics point of view). It’s rather a calorific yet, at the same time, exceptionally healthy snack. One bar of chocolate features plenty of B-group vitamins (B1, B2, B3) as well as vitamin A, E and PP. However, this isn’t all! Apart from the vitamins, chocolate contains a wide array of minerals like magnesium, iron and potassium. Not enough? Chocolate is willingly used for beautifying purposes because of the huge amount of proteins, fibre, flavonoids, alkaloids and antioxidants it contains.
It has to be stated clearly that many face creams feature less nourishing substances than this brown and sweet treat. Owning to such rich list of ingredients, chocolate used in cosmetology:
- deeply nourishes skin;
- prevents water loss from skin;
- frees skin from toxins;
- neutralizes free radicals;
- slows down skin ageing processes;
- slims down, improves suppleness and elasticity of skin;
- puts you in a good mood!
Chocolate – application in cosmetology
It has been long since chocolate was used in cosmetology for the first time. However, fairly recently it was finally introduced into the recipes of homemade products. Today, we can enjoy our home SPA exposing our body to numerous chocolate treatments. The nourishing features of chocolate are slowly becoming more and more appreciated because skin exposed to the beneficial action of chocolate wins moisturisation, smoothness and gets supple. Moreover, if applied regularly, chocolate supplies skin with precious vitamins and minerals as it stimulates blood circulation. Hence, since there are positive results, there is the interest.
The most popular chocolate treatments:
- chocolate body wrapping;
- relaxing chocolate massage;
- nourishing chocolate body scrub;
- chocolate oil bath.
I have to admit that I rarely visit SPA. However, when it happens that I schedule some treatment, it’s this kind of a procedure that I’m not able to carry out at home. I like experimenting with beauty treatments, therefore, I frequently apply chocolate SPA at home. Here are my two the most favourite recipes that will help you understand that chocolate is a truly good solution to be applied in everyday beauty routines.
Home chocolate massage [RECIPE]
- 2 bars of dark chocolate,
- 1-2 teaspoons of argan oil or cinnamon oil.
Break the bar of chocolate into smaller pieces and melt using a water bath (the chocolate won’t burn then). Next, add the selected oil, which will facilitate massaging. Cool down the chocolate so it remains runny but isn’t hot enough to scorch your skin. Now, you can pour the chocolate onto the skin and distribute all over using circular motions. Repeat the procedure on selected body parts. It’s worth mentioning that such chocolate massage should last at least 30 minutes. When you finish, take a shower to rinse the chocolate off. Use lukewarm water and a sponge (e.g. anti-cellulite sponge). Once the treatment is over, your skin is expected to become more supple, better supplied with blood, nourished and moisturised. It is supposed to be more elastic as well.
Chocolate face scrub [RECIPE]
- 10 g of natural cocoa,
- 1 teaspoon of honey,
- 5 g of brown sugar,
- 2 teaspoons of almond oil.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Now, you can apply this homemade cosmetic to your face, neck and cleavage. Keep delicately tapping and massaging this chocolate face scrub for more or less 2-3 minutes. After that, rinse the scrub off using lukewarm water. Owning to the homemade chocolate face scrub, your skin will become very smooth, soft, perfectly moisturised and more elastic.