We’ve all heard the stories about “Oh I can’t eat chocolate because it’ll make me break out.” What a horrible affliction! Let’s dispel the myth about chocolate causing breakouts: it’s the sugar, not the chocolate. Eating dark chocolate with a 70% or above cacao concentration is actually amazing for the skin due to it’s overwhelming amounts of antioxidants. Is this us telling you to go and binge on Kit Kats? No. It’s the quality of the chocolate that matters here, folks. This is us telling you to go stock up on fair/direct-trade chocolate that’s as dark as you can handle it.
According to the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, dark chocolate can:
Increase insulin sensitivity, helping to reduce the risk of diabetes
Lower blood pressure due to the high levels of flavanols as well as reduced risk of heart disease
Rich in minerals such as Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc
Bottom line: dark chocolate is a superfood. Which is also a skin food. What is a skin food? Skin foods are the things we eat that produce positive change in the skin. Dry skin? Start adding avocados to your diet. The high, healthy, fat content will help your skin keep moisturized from the inside out. Battling break outs? Add Matcha Tea (a finely ground, specially grown green tea, higher in antioxidant content than normal green tea) to your daily routine to reduce inflammation. What we eat (or don’t eat) affects the appearance and health of our skin. By incorporating super skin foods into your daily diet, you’re making deposits into your Skin Bank. Those deposits help to fight free radicals, boost internal moisture, fight sallowness (grey tones), increase firmness and plumpness and help keep your skin healthier for longer.
One of the biggest problems for skin aging is inflammation. Inflammation breaks down our skin’s ability to stay firm, supple, and glowing. It produces breakouts, discoloration, dryness (oil!) and dehydration (water!). One of the biggest culprits of inflammation in the skin is sugar. The impact sugar byproducts have on our skin cells is huge and often overlooked when we are trying to fix our skin at home without the help of an esthetician. When we ingest sugar, our bodies go through a process called glycation, where sugar attaches to our collagen. This process produces what’s called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and these villains damage our collagen and elastin stores, leading to accelerated aging, wrinkles, and sagging. High levels of sugar in our diet also leads to insulin sensitivity that can cause hyperpigmentation and facial hair
Skin foods can help mitigate some of the damage done by our diets. Reaching for raw, unfiltered honey instead of sugar can help with some of the damage being done by sugars in our diets. Raw honey helps provide excellent levels of antioxidants, minerals, and even pollen for those of us with seasonal allergies. It has lower fructose than sugar and because it’s so sweet, you end up using less, resulting in fewer calories and damage to the body.
We stock a full selection of skin foods at Apothespa. Chocolate, honeys, matcha, and teas. We can help you find products that will naturally help you get your glow back in a delicious way.