Velvety chocolate is hard to resist, but did you know this sweet treat is also skin-friendly? That means you can enjoy your dessert without adding a dress size. With the help of these chocolate beauty treats, your skin will be glowing in no time.
These chocolate beauty recipes use cocoa powder, not the gooey fudge found in the dessert. So go ahead and indulge—your skin, that is.
Learn more about cocoa’s skin-healing powers below, or skip to the chocolate beauty treats.
1) DIY Chocolate Face Mask
What better way to start your at-home spa day than with the Chocolate Aphrodite? This dreamy face mask softens and exfoliates skin, leaving you as radiant as the beauty goddess herself.
All you need is cocoa powder, grapeseed and argan oils, Greek yogurt, and Manuka honey. Another tip? Use the extra mix as a hand mask.
However, yogurt’s lactic acid sloughs off dead skin cells, and grapeseed and argan oils protect and hydrate. Meanwhile, Manuka honey fights acne and leaves your skin silky.
See the video and recipe for details.
But don’t put away that cocoa yet because you’ll need it for your lips next.
2) Cocoa Sugar Lip Scrub
Now, get luscious lips with this festive cocoa sugar scrub. It takes less than a minute to make, and your lips will love it.
Just grab some cocoa powder, vanilla extract, coconut oil, Manuka honey, and brown sugar. Mix the items in a bowl until all the powder is absorbed. Then, add sugar or honey as needed.
Next, apply the scrub to your lips, rub gently for 20 seconds, and rinse. Then, follow with lip butter or balm.
Use this scrub twice per week for best results.
3) Cocoa Banana Face Mask
Another option? Whip up a cocoa banana face mask. The recipe takes just a minute to make, and your skin will soak it up. Cocoa and bananas both contain nutrients that protect your skin and fight aging, making them a perfect pair.
Just grab a mixing bowl, add a chopped banana, 1 tablespoon of Manuka honey, and 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. Add honey to thin or banana to thicken the mixture as needed. Then, apply to your face and neck, rinse after 20 minutes, and apply serum and moisturizer.
But don’t clean up yet.
4) DIY Whipped White Chocolate Body Butter
Next, whip up this white chocolate body butter to get your skin smoother than a baby’s rear. This cocoa beauty treat takes about 45 minutes to make, but your skin will thank you for it.
To make this lotion, you’ll need cocoa and shea butter, almond and coconut oils, white cocoa powder, and vitamin E oil.
Although dark cocoa contains more nutrients, white cocoa does have its perks. For one, it won’t stain your clothes like the dark powder can. And it smells delicious, too.
Still, this body cream is packed with beauty benefits. Cocoa butter softens your skin, and white cocoa powder adds a layer of skin protection.
Meanwhile, coconut oil nourishes your skin, while vitamin E and almond oil smooth and hydrate.
5) Cocoa Butter Cashmere Whipped Body Butter by Silk + Noir ($20)
Another option? Skip the DIY body cream and go the pre-made route with Silk + Noir’s Cocoa Butter + Cashmere. This luxurious cream melts into your skin, leaving it supple and smooth.
Made with organic ingredients, Cocoa Butter + Cashmere whips your skin into shape. This dreamy cream also smells divine, with skin-smoothing shea and cocoa butters that soften your skin and get your body glowing.
Better yet, this lotion contains vitamin E and coconut, almond, and apricot oils, which nourish and protect your skin.
But one thing is certain: this lotion will leave your skin silkier than your Mulberry bed sheets. So why not slather on extra?
So try these chocolate beauty treats to get your silkiest skin. Cocoa’s nutrients protect your skin, fight aging, and get you glowing fast.
Use the body butters as often as you’d like, and apply the cocoa lip scrub and face mask twice per week.
Now, enjoy your chocolate and check back for more beauty tips and recipes.
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Note: The ideas here do not replace the need for medical advice. Please talk to your doctor before trying new products or starting a new skincare routine.