When has chocolate ever not been the answer? Many people joke that they worship the substance. How could they not? This ingredient can solve almost any problem, from a broken heart to stretch marks. In all honesty, chocolate is such an important ingredient that, historically, it was actually worshipped by the ancient Mayans, who had a chocolate goddess.
Today, motivated by the popular opinion of this substance, scientists have found that cocoa can contain more antioxidants than both red wine and green tea (which many people gladly ingest), which work to combat those pesky free radicals you hate so much.
Even nicer than the antioxidants in chocolate are the cocoa flavonol compounds that help smooth skin and decrease its sensitivity to the sun. Beware, though; these wonderful little flavonol compounds are only available in natural cocoa with high cacao percentages, so going out and eating chocolate bars at the grocery store will not give you the same results.
If you wish to go calorie-free and still reap the benefits offered by chocolate, look no further than natural beauty products. Adding a bit of chocolate to your beauty routine can help increase your blood flow, which will brighten, tighten, and repair from the inside out. In make-up, cocoa can also offer an all-natural colorant to give your skin a soft, sun-kissed look. Think about it: calorie free and still delicious for your body and soul? Go ahead! Check out the list of chocolaty products below and indulge your sweet side.
100% Pure Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer
In the dead of winter, you are probably longing for warm, sunny days on the beach. Give yourself a quick pick-me-up with this all-natural cocoa bronzer. Cocoa, coffee, tomato, and berry pigments instantly give your cheeks a warm, sun-kissed glow, even in February.
Feel like you need a little more than a hint of sunshine? Use this bronzer all over your face and body to suggest that you just got back from a wonderfully warm vacation. Even if you are planning to visit the sun, take this bronzer along. Cocoa powder protects against sun and environmental damage to your skin, so that you can ensure your skin is nourished and protected in any climate.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze
Enhance your lips with a deeply tinted neutral shade made out of natural fruit pigments. These richly colored shades leave your lips well moisturized with a classic matte finish. Designed with an avocado and cocoa butter base, it will make your lips uncompromisingly smooth. Plus, the color is intensified with cacao, which will help protect your lips against sun damage. Care and prevention all infused into one color system? What a win-win.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tint
An all-natural tinting formula, this pure pigment is designed to be used for both cheeks and lips. In particular, this blush is a great option this winter, as it incorporates softening Shea and cocoa butters to help keep your skin supple as well as give you a healthy glow. In addition, these tints are loaded with fruit extracts to infuse your winter-parched skin with a healthy dose of anti-aging and rejuvenating vitamins and antioxidants.
S.W. Basics Lip Balm Flights
A scrumptious lip balm to moisturize and replenish your wintery lips, S.W. Basics Flights are packed with nutrients and hydrants for even seemingly perpetually chapped lips. Cocoa butter and natural oils condition your skin to help you make it through the last leg of winter with a good taste in your mouth.
Dr. Squatch Gold Moss Scrub Soap
Can you say salted chocolate? With ground cocoa and sea salt mixed together in a daily scrub soap, every time you wash you will be wrapped in a unique and heady scent. This soap bar is one of Dr. Squatch’s most popular scents with everyone from nature enthusiasts to sophisticated urbanites singing its praises. Besides the earthy scent, this all-natural cocoa will help brighten your skin with the embedded sea salt that gently exfoliates your limbs.
Suki Ultra-Protect Body Balm
A multi-purpose body balm, this balm works to relieve redness, inflammation, and irritation. The versatile moisturizer is particularly formulated to combat eczema, dermatitis, stretch marks, and the roughest of dry spots. With a cocoa butter base, this moisturizer will deeply hydrate to relieve even the driest skin, while calendula flavonoids and arnica terpenoids work in tandem to sooth persistent irritants. All these ingredients are blended with naturally anti-bacterial lavender, to boost your skin’s immunity and leave you relaxed and smelling fresh.