Chocolate Hair & Beauty Products - Do They Really Work?
Chocolate Hair & Beauty Products -
Do They Really Work?
Karen Marie Shelton - Copyright - All Rights Reserved
Revised Date: 03/12/2008 - Original Publication Date:  2/08/2008

Introduction

Chocolate-scented hair and beauty products are all packaged with promises of great results with the added bonus of a better mood.  Is it just sweet talk or is there something to the buzz about chocolate as a primary hair and beauty ingredient?

Chocolate made its way into the hair and beauty world back in the early 2000s with a major wave hitting in 2004 when big industry names like Origins and Urban Decay preaching the "chocolate is good for you" gospel.

The reality?  For years medical scientists sequestered in their various labs have known about the health benefits of eating chocolate.  The primary ingredient in chocolate is cocoa which is chock full of key elements which promotes well-being and also packs a beauty enhancing punch. 

Ongoing studies have concluded that when consumed in moderation, cocoa power and dark chocolate fight the bad cholesterol and promote the good.  They are thought to combat free radical damage and lower blood pressure. Cocoa contains magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron along with powerful antioxidants from the natural flavonoids.

Chocolate also contains caffeine which medical experts believe help to ward off the onset of Alzheimer's disease while stimulating circulation which may help turn up that healthy skin glow.

Chocolate Relieves Stress By Promoting Happiness

Simply sniffing the aroma of chocolate can induce the same neuro-chemical changes that come from eating it.  Thus the claims of getting the great benefits from chocolate beauty products without the calories is definitely true. 

Dr. Alan Hirsch, MD, is the director of the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago and confirms that the aroma of chocolate actually can release seratonin, which can make us feel happier.

Chocolate also contains tyramine and phenylethylamine which will normally elevate the same hormones that human experience when they fall in love.  Smelling chocolate, for most people, generates happy feelings, which in turn minimizes stress or other negativity.

Chocolate In The Spa

The hair and beauty industry is totally onboard with the concept of chocolate as a great beautifying ingredient.  Many spas have embraced chocolate treatments offering everything from chocolate facials, manicures (manis) and pedicures (pedis) as well as a myriad of body treatments.

Note:  To read more about a Hot Chocolate Spa Treatment at Zanos Spas in Chicago, Illinois

Experts May Disagree

Karin Herzog
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Chocolate Beauty Cream

2008

When it comes to the hair and beauty industry there are always two sides to every story.

While many beauty experts embrace chocolate as a benefit, other experts suggest consumers consider both sides of the chocolate coin.

Some dermatologists suggest that the antioxidants included in chocolate beauty products may be minimal with regard to the amount of protection it offers to your skin. 

Others suggest that the percentage of antioxidants that might make it into our bloodstream from eating chocolate is also not a guarantee. 

Cocoa butter is definitely a good moisturizer.  But does it have guaranteed anti-aging or antioxidant properties?  It depends on what expert you talk to.  Some say yes, absolutely.  Others claim that the cocoa can't penetrate the ephidermis of the skin adquately to make a big difference.

One thing all the experts seem to agree about is that the aroma of chocolate definitely is a mood enhancer.  So if you love chocolate and the aroma makes you feel happy, indulge yourself.

Summary

Cocoa butter is definitely a good moisturizer.  But does it have guaranteed anti-aging or antioxidant properties?  It depends on what expert you talk to.  Some say yes, absolutely.  Others claim that the cocoa can't penetrate the ephidermis of the skin adquately to make a big difference.

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