Chicken soup may be good for your soul but chocolate is good for your heart and mind.
Maintaining healthy and youthful skin is expensive and can be overwhelming at times. The market is inundated with products that claim to get rid of pimples, erase lines, renew youth, some offer money back guarantees and many other promises. How much time have you spent scouring the shelves on the cosmetics aisle reading and comparing ingredients, then eliminating based on cost?
Well it’s time to get back to basics, after trying multiple products and spending multiple dollars, the old saying “you are what you eat,” is a reminder that health, healing, and beauty does not need to come from a pricey, labeled jar. Right in your own kitchen is a delicious temptation that is luxurious and more healthy than you ever knew.
Chocolate, a decadent treat that tastes so sinful at times, finding out it provides more health and beauty benefits than many of the foods consumed daily is just miraculous. That’s right, chocolate is good for you inside and out! Not the high sucrose milk chocolate, the darker the better. If you don’t believe it just try this recipe for a chocolate facial and immediately, after washing it off you will feel soft, supple, rejuvenated skin. Not 3 days later or even 2 weeks later, but immediately. However, continuous maintenance provides even better results.
How is this possible you ask? Chocolate is produced from the seeds of a tree called the cacao tree (ka-kow). It is loaded with antioxidants that lift the skin and promote healthy pores. Watch Katie Couric’s MSNBC interview with supermarket guru Phil Lempert Chocolate and eggs good for you? Maybe…. Most people have chocolate in their cabinet or fridge in one of two forms, unsweetened cocoa powder or the unsweetened chocolate bar. All stores have them both usually under $4 (that’s quite a few facials, cups of cocoa, and luscious deserts for a small cost). Some common brands are Hershey, Baker’s, and Ghirardelli. Pick a time to relax, you can even make it a spa day with the kids if you like. Here’s the secret recipe:
1 oz. bar of dark chocolate (each box has 8 individually wrapped 1 oz squares) OR
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup of honey (you may sub. for 2 tblsp of sugar) But honey works wonders if you have it
2 tablespoons of oatmeal (optional),
If using bars, melt in microwave usually about 1 minute per ounce. Stir, if it is not fully melted put back in and cook for 10-15 second intervals so as not to overcook. Once chocolate is melted add other ingredients and stir.
If using powder, mix with 2 tblsp. of heavy cream or sour cream to transform to cream.
Apply mixture to face in circular motion and leave on for 15-20 minutes until dry. Rinse off with warm water. Many of you will notice you won’t need to apply a moisturizer afterwards.
Please come back and share your chocolate spa experience with us.