Boost your complexion with this zero-calorie recipes for your skin! Dr. Susan Stuart of La Jolla Dermatology shares a delectable DIY with us for some full-body sugar therapy. The best part? most of these sweet ingredients, like honey and brown sugar, are already in your kitchen.
Dark chocolate is good for more than silencing your sweet-tooth cravings. The confectioner's treat is also packed with antioxidants that can ward off wrinkles if applied topically. On the heart front, “cocoa contains naturally occurring plant substances called flavonoids that help keep platelets less sticky, decreasing your risk for heart attack or stroke from a clot,” explains Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., M.S., Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic's Lifestyle 180 program, and YouBeauty Nutrition Advisor.
According to Kirkpatrick, dark chocolate relaxes blood vessels, which in turn reduces blood pressure. Several studies suggest that it may also be a feel-good treat that increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters. Dark chocolate also helps combat beauty’s public enemy number one: Stress. Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles.
Flavonols (the type of flavonoid found in chocolate) help your skin look its best. Flavonols are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage (hello, fewer wrinkles) fight free radicals (so long, sun spots) and increase blood flow (i.e. dewy glow!). In one study, flavonols in dark chocolate even improved skin hydration and thickness—both mega important for young-looking skin. So what are you waiting for to try out this delicious recipe?
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons cream, plain yogurt, or sour cream
- 3 teaspoons oats (old-fashioned or quick-cooking)
- Mix all the components in a blender.
- Apply to clean skin, leaving to dry for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.