The Truth About Chocolate and Your Skin
Here's a formula for sensational skin: cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, and . . . chocolate?
You heard right. When eaten, flavanol-rich cocoa, the main ingredient in dark chocolate, improves skin's texture, thickness, hydration, and blood flow. It may even boost your skin's defense against the sun by up to 25 percent! How? It packs serious antioxidant power. Just don't overdo it -- chocolate is high in fat and calories, too. And you still need to wear sunscreen every day.
Chocolate's good for your skin? It's true! Antioxidant compounds in cocoa, called flavanols, improve artery health by boosting blood flow, and that boost may be good for your skin, too.
Researchers discovered this chocolate benefit in a study of women who consumed half a cup of cocoa (containing 329 milligrams of flavanols per serving, the amount in a 3-½ ounce serving of dark chocolate) daily for 12 weeks. At the end of the study, the women experienced less skin dryness, scaling, and roughness compared to the beginning of the study. Also, their skin was thicker, exhibited improved blood flow, and was even more resistant to sun damage. Pretty amazing.
Still, don't toss your sunscreen and indulge in mass quantities of chocolate. Consume the sweet in moderation and apply sunscreen every day when you'll be outdoors for 20 minutes or more. For more skin tips, take the RealAge Skin Care Assessment for personalized advice and recommendations.
RealAge Benefit: Getting the right amount of antioxidants through diet or supplements can make your RealAge 6 years younger.
*Article taken from http://www.realage.com/*
Our says : Weeheee..more reasons to eat chocs!! Not only it's good for the skin, it can be the best remedy during PMS (atleast for me beside hotpack), a good snack to cheer you up during bad day at work (mood boosters). Just remenber to be moderate..or else will add more kilos and inches. THAT is not a good idea, right? ;) So, what are you waiting for? Make your order...NOW people!!
Till then, Ta-Ra! :)
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