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Chocolate and coffee: two things I really like. Chocolate is great no matter what form it takes (chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, hot chocolate with whipped cream and cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles on toast, and many, many more) and coffee (whether it’s ice-blended or black in a mug) is my eternal friend against sleepless nights spent chasing deadlines.

Oh, and both are also great for your skin…

Okay, let’s first take a look at chocolate—which we all ‘know’ causes acne. Well, most of the negative effects of eating chocolate have a lot to do with its sugar and dairy content. So, naturally, sticking to dark chocolate will help you get the most of chocolate’s natural antioxidants. There’s a theory that milk and other dairy products might reduce antioxidant absorption… so look for chocolate products containing at least 50 percent cacao.

Eating chocolate might also help boost your resistance to UV rays, by the way…

But not only that, it turns out that putting chocolate directly on your skin is also a good idea. Cocoa butter is an incredible skin moisturizer and can deliver a wide range of beneficial nutrients to help keep your skin soft and supple.

Not to be outdone, coffee is also steadily gaining popularity as a skincare ingredient, especially because of its high antioxidant content—which is probably higher than most fruits and vegetables. Next up, coffee also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help lighten and brighten your skin. And finally, there’s a strong link between caffeine intake and prevention of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer. There are still other types of skin cancer, so you don’t want to throw away your sunscreen supplies just yet, but adding a bit of coffee to your daily routine can really do a lot of good.

So, next time you come to a spa and they offer you a chocolate or coffee body scrub, take it… ^^

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