Monday, September 26, 2011

Chocolate Facial

 Combine beauty treatments with chocolate and you've entered into a whole new realm of pampering. Edible beauty, it's fun yet guilt free decadence. 
 Cocoa has been linked to increased serotonin levels, a brain chemical that makes us feel relaxed.  
 Adam Drewnowski of the University of Michigan says, "We want chocolate in times of stress, anxiety, pain and so on. Chocolate is a natural analgesic, or pain killer." 

 So slather this one on with the kids and relax...
your girlfriends or hubby may be game for this one too!

Chocolate Facial Mask

This recipe is courtesy of Practically Green by Micaela Preston
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
2 T plain yogurt
1 T honey
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Apply to face and neck, avoiding eye area. Kick back, relax and enjoy the delicious aroma for about 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

*(You can kick it up a notch as Emeril would say by adding 2 tbs pureed or powdered oatmeal)

Oatmeal is very soothing to sensitive skin. Honey deeply cleanses your skin, unclogs pores and is a great anti-bacterial agent. Chocolate contains beneficial anti oxidants too! 

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