We Are What We Eat This Easter :Do you want to eat and wear chocolate this Easter ? Feel free to do so. Wearing chocolate as a beauty mask can dramatically reinforce your immune system and reverse the signs of ageing, experts reveal.
Chocolate and Easter remain the perfect match with 2016 Easter week set to be the top chocolate-selling week of the year in the UK and worldwide.
According to medical researchers, raw, organic cold-pressed chocolate is composed of the most important vitamins for human health all in one food, containing over 88% of antioxidants needed by our bodies. Both food and beauty consumers are expected to splash cash on chocolate.
Vivienne Rudd of market researcher Mintel says the company recorded more than “370 cacao-containing body care products. The number of facial skincare products featuring cacao has risen from 10 per cent to 180 in recent decades.”
Rudd is a beauty expert in the personal care analyst team at Mintel, the world’s leading market intelligence agency.
Further recent research has revealed that Easter chocolate sales are to make up 10 per cent of Britain’s annual spending on chocolate.
Raw, organic, cold-pressed chocolate is more than what meet the eyes: it is believed to be the healthiest food available on the planet. It is among the countless derivatives of cacao beans and holds a myriad of health and beauty benefits.
Mother Nature is the most talented artist of them all. We seldom go wrong when inspired by Her. Below are a few tips on how to indulge oneself by making the most out of pure organic cocoa powder health and beauty products. If we can’t eat chocolate we can wear it instead.
- Proven health benefits of eating chocolate
The secret of dark chocolate is its powerful cacao bean packed with healthy chemicals such as flavonoids and numerous ingredients beneficial to humans, such as calcium, iron, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), phosphorus, niacin, niacin amide (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin E, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese. Calcium is vital for ensuring the strength and healthiness of bones, teeth and capillary growth; it regulates the circulatory system, blood pressure and the beating of the heart.
Iron has oxygen-carrying proteins which empower the muscles across our bodies.
Thiamine (B1) vitamins assist the body in converting carbohydrates into energy; vital for our heart, muscles and nervous systems.
Zinc vitamin stabilises cell walls and is necessary for keeping the immune system healthy and robust.
- Chocolate beauty benefits
Zinc, copper, manganese, iron, collagen and flavanols contained in chocolate enhance energy levels, hair growth and skin repair, protecting skin from the sun’s rays and reducing the severity of burns.
- Homemade chocolate based Skincare mask
Luxurious natural-looking and miraculous chocolate-honey facial mask
This beauty mask will exfoliate, rejuvenate your skin, and visibly help reduce lines and wrinkles.
1/7 cup of pure organic honey
2-3 square dark chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons of ground blended oatmeal
1 tablespoon plain, Greek-style yogurt
Mix all ingredients into a blended creamy paste.
Massage into face in a gentle, circular motion.
Leave on the smooth cream for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. This will leave you a fresher skin tone and texture.
Luxurious deep-cleansing dark chocolate sugar exfoliating scrub
1/2 cup granulated brown sugar
3-5 squares melted dark chocolate
1/4 cup of virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients; gently massage the blended paste into your skin to rub off dead skin cells, paying more attention to knees, heels and elbows.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Do it once or twice a month for a healthy-looking and heavenly skin tone.
There are no health risks in including organic chocolate as a dietary supplement because those vitamins are evenly balanced in high antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The collagen contained in organic chocolate gives your skin an extra radiance.
Dark chocolate makes an excellent skin-detoxifier in combination with caffeine. It eliminates the dead skin cells and allows a fresher, healthier and luminous skin.
Easter is indeed the month that crowns chocolate as god of foods. This Easter, indulge yourself with chocolate to achieve either a glowing and flawless skin, or strengthen your immune system.
The Bridge Magazine wishes you a Happy Easter.