Chocotherapy and Skin Hydration: What You Need to Know
October 14, 2016
Most people have pleasant, relaxing moments when they think about chocolate. Many associate it with happiness and well-being, and they are not wrong since chocolate contains, among other components, tryptophan, an amino acid used by the brain to produce serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness. Chocolate can also stimulate the release of endorphins, producing a sensation of euphoria.
Furthermore, chocolate has a great number of benefits for our health, hair, and skin. Therefore, its use for beautifying purposes has become very popular in modern spas and beauty salons. The procedures performed with products made from chocolate are part of a general health treatment called Chocotherapy, and its increasing demand has boosted the creation and promotion of "Chocotherapy products".
One of the reasons why Chocotherapy has become so popular is because scientific studies have shown that chocolate improves hydration, skin thickness, microcirculation, and also provides protection from the UV rays of the sun. Thus, it helps improve the appearance of the skin. In fact, a study done by a group of London scientists showed that chocolate acts as a mild sunscreen. In said study, the researchers proved that people who ate 20 grams of dark chocolate (half a small bar) every day for 12 weeks, could withstand the UVB rays for longer before their skin started to redden. This is because of the flavanols found in cocoa.
Derived from cocoa beans, chocolate contains natural fat. Although many avoid consuming fat for health reasons, the truth is that our body needs a certain amount of it because it helps keep the skin hydrated. Consequently, chocolate is very useful to moisturize the skin.
When a layer of chocolate is applied on the skin, it provides a combination of anti-oxidant and hydrating properties, helping it rejuvenate, while cleansing it. Moreover, chocolate helps detoxify the skin by removing the dead skin cells and allowing the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe.
Since a thin layer of skin is removed during waxing, the antioxidant and hydrating properties of chocolate make a perfect combination to help protect the skin during depilation and keep it smooth and healthy after. Therefore, it has become a very popular ingredient in waxing products. Chocolate waxes have a thick texture, so they adhere quickly to the skin and they dry fast too, which means the waxing procedure will be fast and successful. This is due to the fact that these products still contain the natural characteristics of cocoa butter, which is thick by nature. That means there is no need to add chemical components to thicken the wax, making it suitable for people who are allergic to chemical products, such as artificial colors, fragrances, or additives used in commercialized products. This is a great advantage they have over other waxes that are not made from natural components. Furthermore, the exquisite aroma of chocolate makes the waxing experience a lovely one, and the best part is that the fragrance remains even after the waxing has been performed.
At Beauty Image, we offer Chocofango, a product formulated with 100% pure chocolate. It is part of our Chocotherapy line, a series of chocolate-based products that contain all the natural, hydrating properties of cocoa and sweet almond oil, which help uncover beautiful skin while providing a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
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Sources: Cosmetic Science Group, School of Management and Science, London University of the Arts, London, UK.