If you’ve deprived yourself of chocolate thinking it is bad for your skin, we’re about to change that. You can now indulge in dark chocolate all you want minus the guilt because it’s high in cocoa and low in sugar and offers a wide range of beauty benefits. Do not forget to add some dark chocolate bars to your shopping cart the next time you go out shopping, because these are the benefits it offers.

Skin
 

Skin

Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

The protein collagen is essential to maintain youthful skin. Consuming cocoa reduces stress hormones and therefore lessens collagen breakdown. Eat your way to younger looking skin!

Moisturizes dry skin

Dark chocolate is rich in essential vitamins, iron and calcium. Replace a cup of your daily tea of coffee consumption with cocoa-rich drink as it will nourish and moisturise your skin from deep within.

Hair
 

Hair

Promotes hair growth

Consuming a little amount of dark chocolate every day promotes blood circulation and increases oxygen supply to the scalp leading to healthy and strong hair.

Improves hair quality

When applied topically, dark chocolate can add shine and lustre to dull and lifeless hair. Prepare a hair mask using dark chocolate, yogurt and honey. Apply all over and cover with a plastic cap for about an hour. Wash off and get super shiny locks.

Health
 

Health

Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

Dark chocolate is rich in organic compound flavonol which averts heart diseases. It restores flexibility of the arteries and prevents white blood cells from accumulating to the walls of the blood vessels.

Balances blood sugar levels

Dark chocolate is high in cocoa and low in carbs making it the ideal dessert for diabetics. However, look for a chocolate bar that contains 70 per cent cocoa or more to keep your blood sugar levels balanced.