Raw chocolate makes for one of our favourite skin food snacks (read more on the nutritional benefits of it here). Did you know that, when applied topically, there are some pretty amazing cacao skincare benefits? Containing an array of free radical neutralising antioxidants and high levels of flavanol, super food cacao has been shown to improve the functioning of blood vessels. Which in turn, increases micro-circulation, skin density and hydration*.
Cacao is a rich source of minerals including sulfur, copper, manganese, zinc, iron and Omega 6 fatty acids. Applied topically, these minerals absorb into the skin. This helps supply us with some of the key nutrients necessary for healthy skin, whilst promoting cellular healing and cell damage prevention. Read on for our favourite ways to utilise the skin-enhancing benefits of cacao in our natural beauty regimes.
Lina Hanson Global Treasures: This enhancing multi-purpose balm holds a fusion of potent antioxidant rich skin foods. Use it as a deeply nourishing treatment for neck and the delicate eye area. With both cocoa seed butter and coffee bean oil, you’ll get an antioxidant kick that helps depuff, diminish dark circles and plump skin.
Tata Harper Moisturising Mask: Utilising organic cacao in in combination with antioxidant beet extract, this rich mask treatment provides maximum hydration and long-lasting moisture to even the most dehydrated, stressed skin.
For a brightening effect:
de Mamiel Brightening Cleanser and Exfoliate: The cacao skincare benefits of this natural cleanser work to smooth and polish skin to reveal its natural radiance and glow. Think of this as a vitamin fix to combat the ‘blah’ dulling effects of fast city living and staring at screens.
Evolve Radiant Glow Mask: Combining raw cacao with superior nourishment from plant oils including almond oil, this vegan face mask will help you gently buff your way to a brightened and glowing complexion. Just be careful, it smells good enough to eat!
For all-over moisture:
Laidbare Butter Me Up: To ensure skin stays soft and supple all year long, you can’t go wrong with the cacao skincare benefits of this thick body butter. The deeply softening properties of cocoa butter inside makes it a staple of our organic beauty regimes.
Amala Rejuvenating Range: If you’d like to see the full spectrum of cacao skincare benefits, this range is for you. All products contain cocoa bean to help stimulate micro-circulation whilst restoring elasticity, hydrating dry, taut or dehydrated skin. This is your antioxidant protection from free radical damage.
Begin with the Rejuvenating Cleansing Milk. It is designed to efficiently remove dirt, makeup and environmental debris that the skin encounters throughout the day.
Next, apply the Rejuvenating Toner to smooth skin and refine pores.
Apply the Rejuvenating Serum. It contains the highest percentage of actives for a concentrated superfood boost to the skin.
Afterwards. wash hands and dry well. Follow with applying Amala Rejuvenating Hand Cream to deeply moisturise and protect dry, chapped hands.
For a weekly skin treat, apply the Amala Rejuvenating Collagen Mask to revive, heal and restore the skin’s natural smoothness.
Our favourite cacao recipes:
These clean eating recipes take cacao skincare benefits and apply it to your food. Kiki Health Organic Cacao Powder is a kitchen pantry necessity for us. Ready to go beyond adding it to their favourite smoothie, yoghurt or drink? Here’s a selection of some our favourites:
Livia’s Kitchen Raw Chocolate Brownies
Berry Volcano Cake with White Chocolate Hemp Sauce by My New Roots
Coconut & Sea Buckthorn Raw Chocolate from Arctic Berries
Quinoa Vegan Hot Chocolate from Qnola
* Long-term ingestion of high flavanol cocoa provides photoprotection against UV-induced erythema and improves skin condition in women; Heinrich U1, Neukam K, Tronnier H, Sies H, Stahl W; Journal of Nutrition; 2006 Jun;136(6):1565-9