Many individuals do not understand the benefits of facials beyond its vanity typecast, but facials are good for more than your face – they contribute to overall health and wellness. Aside from an array of benefits such as removing dead skin cells, clearing clogged pores, they also Lower Blood Pressure, Help with Sinus headaches and congestion, Increase Circulation, and Stimulate the Lymphatic System.
Increased circulation through massage manipulation stimulates nutrients and oxygen, which contributes to new cell growth regeneration. The facial massage also helps reduce puffiness as the Lymph System is stimulated allowing for the movement of fluids.
Chocolate is well researched, and a known mood enhancer, but did you also know that it is a surprising skin restorative when used topically? Yes! Chocoholics this a your dream facial; still if you need supportive evidence for what you might consider a luxury decadence justifying gifting yourself or another this pleasure healing pamper session here is what you will want to know.
High in antioxidant phenolic phytochemicals (polyphenols), including flavonoids, procyanidin, and resveratrol which contribute to their ability to lighten our mood, these same constituents in fact, are also beneficial when used topically.
Most studies researched the anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular effects of eating chocolate, not the benefits of its topical use though one study revealed that topical application of cocoa plant extracts containing polyphenols and xanthine derivatives prevented wrinkles from forming in mice who were exposed to ultraviolet light.
Not all chocolate is created equally in their levels of flavonoids: white chocolate has no flavonoids, though its benefits to moods still remain, and milk chocolate is lower in flavonoids than dark, high-cocoa-content chocolate which has an abundance of flavonoids; present at such high concentrations dark cocoa actually has higher antioxidant potential than other heavy weight antioxidants such as green tea or red wine (J Agric Food Chem 2003;51:792-5).
Chocolate also contains much needed good fats such as cocoa butter or shea butter; both customarily topical moisturizers and anti-inflammatory means. Shea butter can also used as a skin softener.
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