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Dark chocolate and Cocoa butter-Proven skin benefits and Popular Myths

Posted on August 18 2016

Cocoa Bean Consumption-Dark Chocolate!


woman eating dark chocolateT
he cocoa bean has been consumed and utilized in the Americas for approximately 3000 years.   We are all familiar with 2 of the popular forms of cocoa bean consumption today, those being solid chocolate bars and hot chocolate drinks! Health benefits referenced here for consuming cocoa are exclusively referring to dark chocolate, or chocolate with over a 65% cocoa concentration. Any health benefits for milk chocolate are generally agreed to be cancelled by the high fat and sugar content in milk chocolate....Sorry! Bummer, I know.  This is a point of confusion for many people who hear about the health benefits of chocolate.
Health benefits for your skin when consuming (eating) dark chocolate:
  1. Consuming Cocoa high in flavenols (dark chocolate)  has been proven to protect your skin from sun damage. In a 12 week double-blind study it was proven that women who consumed high flavenol cocoa powder showed a decreased UV skin response of 25% after 12 weeks. [1]
  2. Consuming high flavenol (dark chocolate) has been proven to increase blood flow to your skin, which is critical for skin health.  A 12 week double blind study was performed showing results of 100% increase in blood flow to the dermis at 1 mm depth at week 12 after consuming high flavenol cocoa. [2]

Raw Natural Cocoa Butter- Benefits when applied to the skin:
raw cocoa butter



Did you know the cocoa
bean also produces an amazing natural skin care ingredient called cocoa butter? This is a milky substance produced from the cocoa bean, separate from the solid powders that make up edible chocolate products.  Cocoa butter is so named because it looks somewhat like butter. It is milky colored, rich in natural fats (great for the skin), and solid at room temperature. However, it does not contain any dairy ingredients from animals. Cocoa butter is a vegan friendly, all natural skin care ingredient.  This natural plant butter is highly moisturizing, which helps the skin repair itself. This is the reason cocoa butter (theobroma cocao) is contained in so many
Goodness Soaps products. Check out our GS Luxe Bath bombs , caribbean chocolate face polish and Aztec fire premium face bar, for example.
Aztec Fire premium face soap with raw cocoa butter
Aztec Fire Premium face soap-with raw cocoa butter
 
To celebrate cocoa butter and all of its skin benefits we have put together a list of proven benefits as well as some popular misconceptions regarding this natural skincare ingredient. We cited medical studies, rather than click-bait articles, so you can see we got our information directly from the source!
  1.  Research has shown cocoa butter is effective in HEALING scars. This makes cocoa butter an ideal ingredient for lotions, body butters, and facial soaps.  [3]
  2. Despite popular misconception, there is no medical evidence that application of cocoa butter during pregnancy will help PREVENT stretch marks. There is data to support that keeping the skin hydrated during pregnancy will show an overall reduction in stretch marks, but not that cocoa butter specifically shows a unique ability to do so. Two studies are cited here because this is such a popular myth. Who knows, maybe someday a medical study will prove it! (that cocoa butter application prevents stretch marks). [4] [5]
  3. Cocoa butter is an exceptional moisturizing ingredient, which helps to increase the ability of the skin to repair itself and stay healthy.
  4. Cocoa butter may be effective for acne scars, but should be avoided for acne treatment. Another popular myth in circulation is that cocoa butter helps acne. According to the - American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, the opposite is true and cocoa butter should be avoided for acne.   [6]
  1. Scapagnini, Giovanni, Sergio Davinelli, Laura Di Renzo, Antonino De Lorenzo, Hector Hugo Olarte, Giuseppe Micali, Arrigo F. Cicero, and Salvador Gonzalez. "Cocoa Bioactive Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health." PMC US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. PMC, 11 Aug. 2014. Web. 06 Aug. 2016.
  2. Steinberg F.M., Bearden M.M., Keen C.L. Cocoa and chocolate flavonoids: implications for cardiovascular health. J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 2003;103:215–223. doi: 10.1053/jada.2003.50028. [PubMed]
  3. "Chocolate." Evidence. The Mayo Clnic, 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 06 Aug. 2016.
  4. Korgavkar, K., and F. Wang. "Stretch Marks during Pregnancy: A Review of Topical Prevention." Br J Dermatol British Journal of Dermatology 172.3 (2015): 606-15. Web.
  5. Sur, Dipanshu, and Ratnabali Chakravorty. "The Effects of Topically-Applied Skin Moisturizer on Striae Gravidarum in East Indian Women." Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research Clin Exp Dermatol Res 06.06 (2015): n. pag. Web. 6 Aug. 2016.
  6. "Acne - American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD)." Acne - American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD). N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2016.
More Links:
World of Cocoa Foundation:  http://www.worldcocoafoundation.org/category/knowledge-center/research-documents/

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