How Chocolate Affects Your Skin

It’s officially February 15th, otherwise known as discounted chocolate day. We thought today of all days was perfect to tackle everyone’s favorite treat and how it affects your skin.

There has long been this “urban myth” that chocolate causes you to break out. Well as it turns out, there is a bit of truth and a bit of false hype around this claim.

People love chocolate. We know this isn’t exactly shocking news.

On average American’s consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate a year. On top of that, 90% of us had a piece of chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

Aside from the fact that the global supply of chocolate may run out one day, there a quite a few health reasons we should all limit our chocolate intake. Before we get into that, however, we need to clarify two distinct types of chocolate: dark and light. Yup. It’s like the Star Wars of the candy world.

Light chocolate, otherwise known as Milk Chocolate, is typically what is found in most of your favorite candies. This type of chocolate has added milk and sugar to it. These added substances are linked to an increase of breakouts.

Don’t worry it’s not all bad news. Dark chocolate, as it turns out, is a known superfood. Dark chocolate even contains about 70 percent cocoa polyphenols, which are full of antioxidants. Some studies have even shown that it helps reduce heart disease.

Keeping research like this in mind, it might be a good idea to switch to dark chocolate. It’s a great way to get that chocolate fix, without the negative health risks. With that in mind, however, sometimes you just gotta eat what you want to eat. That includes your favorite chocolate.

So can you have your candy and eat it too? While this varies from person to person, there are a few steps we recommend taking to heal your skin after a sugar binge.

Detox Clogged Pores
Don’t be dumb. Wash your face. These words are especially true when you are wanting to avoid breaking out. If you haven’t found your favorite cleanser, we found the perfect pair for you.

Drink Lots That Water
As much as we love drinking wine with our Gal Pals on Galentine’s Day or sipping some bubbly with our bae on Valentine’s Day, you want to avoid turning a special day into a weekend-long bender. Water will always be your best go to when it comes to detoxing your body. If you’re dealing with a breakout, in particular, it’s important to increase your H20 intake.

Amp Up The Antioxidants
We’re big advocates for antioxidants in skin care. Not only do they help to fight free radicals, but they also help diminish the appearance of skin damage. After a day of self-indulgence (which you totally deserve) applying products that are full of antioxidants is the key to preventing or reducing breakouts.

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