I am confident that when you think of chocolate, you probably think of how it tastes, how it smells, and how drinking hot chocolate keeps you warm. But do you think about what the active antioxidants in chocolate can do for your skin?
As we know, chocolate has become a popular item in skincare products because of it’s antioxidant levels. But this is not just any chocolate. Eating dark chocolate may help to lower levels of bad cholesterol, and increase blood vessel flexibility (which in turn will help blood flow and brighten your skin and reduce puffiness).
The beauty benefits of dark chocolate come from the antioxidants (in the form of flavonoids), which protects from environmental damage, and will even out your own stress hormones.
Which are the types of antioxidants in chocolate?
In chocolate, polyphenols and flavonoids are the types of antioxidants that can help to defend your skin against damage from ultraviolet light. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds and these compounds can help protect from sun damage.
- Anthocyanin is an antioxidant that gives fruits, vegetables, and flowers their bright colors
- Catechins are flavonoids most commonly associated with green tea. Consuming these can help to increase the ability of plasma to attack free radicals. They will also increase resistance of LDL cholesterol to oxidation, and reduce inflammation
What are the antioxidant levels in chocolate?
According to page three of a University of California-Davis information sheet, different types of chocolate have different capacities to protect from free radicals.
Dark chocolate is most commonly associated with skincare. This type of chocolate has an antioxidant capacity of 13.1 per 100 grams of chocolate consumed. Milk chocolate follows with 6.7 per 100 grams.
Dark chocolate can help reduce your body’s natural stress reactions. This means that you will see less evidence of collagen breakdown, which means firmer skin n
At Cocoage Cosmetics, we use Theobroma Cacao Powder in our various product lines. From moisturizers to cleansers, to anti-aging products and products designed specifically to protect the face and skin. Theobroma cacao powder is a powdered form of the purest chocolate. This powder has the highest levels of antioxidants, skin and health-protecting ingredients.