Is Dark Chocolate a Part of Your Daily Skin Routine? Posted on 02 Mar 14:28 , 0 comments

Everybody wants to know how to look younger, keep their skin looking fresh, and reduce wrinkles…right? Am I about to say that dark chocolate can do all of these things? Definitely not, but I do want to talk about another positive affect dark chocolate can have on the body.

The flavanols in some dark chocolates can be beneficial to skin health. Not only do these flavanols help to improve the overall health of your skin, but it can also help reduce the damage done by UV rays also known as sunlight. Now, I’m not saying that eating chocolate can take the place of sunscreen or keeping hydrated to keep your skin healthy, BUT it can be a part of healthy diet so why not be a part of a healthy skin regimen?

A study in the Journal of Nutrition examined UV exposure, cutaneous blood flow, hemoglobin concentration and oxygen saturation, and skin structure, texture, and hydration. The participants consumed flavanol rich beverages and the researchers concluded that dietary intakes could affect skin integrity and even aid in protection.

The takeaway here…moderation is always key. Don’t put away your sunscreen and moisturizers, but why not add in a little dark chocolate into your diet?

Heinrich , U., Neukam, K., Tronnier, H., Sies, H., & Stahl, W. (2006). Long-Term Ingestion of High Flavanol Cocoa Provides Photoprotection against UV-Induced Erythema and Improves Skin Condition in Women. Journal of Nutrition,136(6), 1565-1569. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

 

Guest blogger, Carli Barbo, is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in dietetics. She is currently a dietetic intern and graduate student at Georgia State University with hopes to eventually become a registered dietitian. In her free time she likes to try out new recipes, play with her puppy, Sampson, and scoping out Atlanta for new restaurants to try!