We’ve all heard our skin can be damaged by eating too many sweets, especially chocolate. It is true that excessive sugar intake can lead to clogged pores and, in turn, acne and other complexion issues. However, in moderation, your complexion can definitely benefit from eating dark chocolate. This Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to shy away from sweets to benefit your skin.
Antioxidants Protect Your Skin
The most commonly known benefit of dark chocolate as far as your complexion goes is that it is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which can cause all kinds of damage to your skin. They speed up the aging process by aiding in the process of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, without antioxidants, you may notice that certain areas of your face are less firm and will appear to be sagging far before your years. Eating a bit of dark chocolate each day can help give you the antioxidants you need to appear youthful for many years.
Nutrients for Hydration
Although it can cause pimples when eaten in excess, dark chocolate is actually packed with nutrients in addition to slowing down the aging process, many of these nutrients can actually give your complexion the hydration it needs to stay healthy and beautiful. When your face is dehydrated, you will notice that your complexion may look flaky or uneven or even that your wrinkles are more noticeable. In addition to using a moisturizer and drinking enough water, dark chocolate can help support your hydration goals.
Supports Your Exfoliator
A little-known benefit of dark chocolate is that it helps your body to naturally shed dead cells. When left behind, those cells can clog your pores and cause a number of different issues. Although you shouldn’t use dark chocolate in place of an exfoliator, you can definitely eat a small piece each night to support it and help keep your complexion fresh and glowing.
Chocolate has gotten a bad reputation, especially around Valentine’s Day, as something that will ruin your skin. Like most things, eating it in excess will cause problems but, in moderation, dark chocolate actually has many benefits. It can fight wrinkles, help hydrate and promotes the shedding of dead cells.