Dark chocolate provides several health benefits while giving you the happy high from its delicious taste. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that act as antioxidants, helping ward off free radical damage that can harm your skin.
Some of these compounds, flavanols, help improve blood flow to the skin and protect it from sun damage.
Dark chocolate also reduces our stress hormones, preventing the breakdown of collagen and thus keeping your skin plump and youthful!
Be sure the dark chocolate you choose contains at least 70% cocoa in order to reap the amazing benefits of this yummy superfood.
We all know that coffee can be the hero before that dreaded early morning meeting. But, what you might not know is that it can also be a hero for your health and skin.
Coffee contains very high levels of antioxidants that give it its superpowers. These antioxidants can decrease the risk of diabetes as well as help to protect against Parkinson’s and liver disease. Even more, the antioxidants combined with other anti-inflammatory compounds in coffee can help fight skin cancers like malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. Coffee can also help protect against UV rays and some aging effects from sun exposure with its abundance of antioxidants such as polyphenols.
Coffee on your skin
Coffee contains an abundance of antioxidants and chlorogenic acids. These provide your skin with amazing benefits just from the application to the skin.
Caffeic acid, an antioxidant in coffee, may boost collagen levels, reduce premature aging of cells, and protect the skin against germs with its antimicrobial properties. These antimicrobial properties can make it an effective acne-fighting facial scrub that will also help clear away dead skin cells and unclog pores!
Below is a simple DIY coffee scrub that you can try at home.
SUR’s Favorite Homemade Coffee Scrubs
For Dry Skin:
- Coffee grounds + two pumps of SUR Radiance Facial Oil
For Oily Skin:
- Coffee grounds + two pumps of SUR Multi-Action Hydrating Base