Meghan Telpner Guest Post: Chocolate For Healthy Skin
Posted Feb 03 2011 9:23am
I’m so excited about how many people have joined the Vegan For A Week Challenge. If you haven’t joined yet, after this post take a peak over at yesterday’s post, If Oprah Can Do It: Vegan For A Week. We’ve got FOUR days left to plan for this fabulous week and we’ll get cracking at Life After Bagels first thing tomorrow on THE PLAN!Today I have a fabulous healthy skin feature from Meghan Telpner at Making Love In The Kitchen . Today she is tempting you with chocolate (And as an FYI – Meghan has supplied us with a vegan recipe for every day of the challenge next week. Thanks Meghan!) Chocolate For Healthy Skin
Did you ever notice that healthy people tend to have a healthy look to them? They tend to exude a certain energy that just screams “I take care of myself”!! Their skin is no exception. Yes, there seems to be a strong positive correlation between being healthy on the inside, and appearing healthy on the outside. When you eat well, your skin will definitely show it. Foods for healthy skin are super easy to track down. They are rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, andessential fatty acids. The list of foods which are spectacular sources of these nutrients is endlessbut there is one that I want to focus on in particular as it is rather exciting and delicious. What do women crave most in the world? Chocolate. Chocolatey chocolate chocolate. As I was doing research for my Natural Body Care tutorial , I came upon an amazing chocolate face mask recipe.When I read through it, I didn’t think face mask, I thought fudgetasticness! As if someone’s first inclination when they see a recipe with cocoa powder and raw organic honey is – ‘hmmm. yep-I want to put that on my face’. Nope. I think my taste buds would like this one more. Putting on my skin something I might crave, indulge in and savour- well this was something new in my skincare regime.
Just as what we eat impacts how our skin appears, what goes on our skin, will end up inside ourbodies. The benefits of cocoa work the same way. Though cocoa powder has some processing compared with raw cacao, it does maintain much of the benefits. Cocoa is rich in antioxidants. Cacao- even higher!
The antioxidant properties of the flavanoids give the skin extra protection against free radicals. Free radicals are the reactive forms of oxygen generated when UV light hits the skin. It is well established that the ageing of the skin caused by sunlight is largely the result of damage to the skin’s proteins caused by these free radicals. Additional benefits include:
decreasing skin roughness and scaling
helping to support the skin’s defence against UV damage
improves blood flow and vessel function
contains anandamide (a euphoric substance), arginine (a natural aphrodisiac), neurotransmitters that stimulate and balance brain activity, tryptophan (an anti-depressant), antioxidants and other beneficial compounds known to have rejuvenatingand anti-aging elements.
high in the mineral magnesium, essential for helping the heart to pump blood efficiently, building strong bones, and lowering blood pressure.
a good source of the beauty mineral sulphur, responsible for healthy skin, nails and hair
raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant and promotes a sense of well-being.
stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
So, with this being said, there really is no need to go out and buy expensive creams, lotions, and potions to slather onto our skin when all we truly need to do is open our fridges! Eating foods rich in super-skin loving nutrients is certainly the best way to work towards a healthy glow, but we can also treat our skin to some homemade creamy goodness as well.
So then- Face Mask or Fudge? The choice is yours!
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup of organic honey
2 tablespoons of avocado
3 teaspoons of oatmeal powder (leave this out if making soft fudge, leave in if you want a hardertexture)
Face Mask Directions
Mix all the ingredient until the mass in consistent.
Apply on the face, gently massaging it so that oatmeal can start exfoliating the dead skincell layer.
Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Mix all the ingredient until the mass in consistent. (Used my VitaMix of course)
Spread out into small pyrex dish or into individual ramekins
Allow to set in the fridge for at least two hours.
Thanks Meghan! Have you ever made your own face mask before? What did you put in it?