Most of us love chocolate but its not something that we should eat all the time, partly because it is sugary and so not great for our overall wellbeing, including our mental and physical health. It is also not great for our skin, but having said that it can be if we consume high quality dark chocolate in moderation. At Nakin we do our best to help skin look as good as it can naturally with our anti-ageing skincare. But the food that we consume also has a big impact on how good our skin looks. Read on to find out more about this and how chocolate can be bad for your skin.
Chocolate is a well-loved treat enjoyed by many across the globe. The rich, indulgent taste of chocolate is something that people simply cannot resist. However, with all the media hype surrounding the “negative effects” of consuming chocolate, many people have become skeptical about the idea of treating themselves to this delicious delicacy. One of the most common concerns amongst chocolate lovers is whether chocolate is bad for your skin. Let's dive into the facts and separate fiction from reality.
As everyone’s skin is different, it’s difficult to make precise claims that chocolate is all ‘good’ or all ‘bad’ for the skin. In general, what you eat and drink tends to have an impact on your skin, but the degree of impact can vary widely from person to person due to a range of factors such as genetics, diet, and lifestyle.
The belief that chocolate causes acne is not entirely accurate. Scientific studies show that hormones, particularly androgens, contribute to acne. Chocolate does not directly cause acne. However, the sugar and dairy found in some chocolate-based products can probably lead to acne breakouts if consumed in high quantities. So, moderation should definitely be the key when you decide to indulge in those sweet treats.
Another aspect of chocolate that we must look into is Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate has several health benefits and is rich in antioxidants. These powerful nutrients help to reduce inflammation and protect the skin from damage caused by UV rays. Eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate can give a healthy glow.
Moreover, dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which can aid in relaxing blood vessels and improving circulation. This can help your complexion and improve blood flow to the skin. So if you consume dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa, it can definitely contribute to your skincare routine and make your skin look more radiant.
Chocolate that is high in sugar and cocoa butter, like milk chocolate, is more likely to cause inflammation and redness. This is because sugar is known to cause glycation, which can damage skin cells and collagen fibers, and lead to premature ageing. Consuming large amounts of milk chocolate can make your skin age faster, leading to wrinkles and fine lines.
Finally, while it may be tempting to gorge on every type of chocolate in sight, moderation is the key.When consumed in moderation, chocolate can have several skincare benefits. Even the most indulgent chocolate treats can be enjoyed without adverse effects on the skin. So,it is ok to treat yourself to that occasional slice of chocolate cake or bar of dark chocolate. As with everything in life, balance is the key.