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HOLY CA­CAO: THE SWEET WAY TO LOOK YOUNGER

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On the ever-chang­ing list of cu­ra­tives said to smooth fine lines and re­vi­talise tired skin, cho­co­late is not a cos­metic rem­edy of­ten cited by skin­care brands. In­deed, a sticky ap­pli­ca­tion of Cad­bury’s over dark cir­cles is un­likely to do much by way of lend­ing vi­brancy to your vis­age. How­ever, re­cent re­search con­ducted by Korean der­ma­tol­o­gists at Seoul Na­tional Uni­ver­sity has found that, when in­gested in its purest form, a lit­tle choc treat­ment can undo years of epi­der­mic dam­age. In a trial where par­tic­i­pants con­sumed 12g of phe­nol-rich ca­cao a day, the sub­stance was found to re­verse harm done to skin by ul­tra­vi­o­let ra­di­a­tion, known as pho­toage­ing. Over the course of 24 weeks, they recorded a 3 per cent in­crease in skin elas­tic­ity, while the depth of study sub­jects’ wrin­kles also de­creased slightly.

By con­trast, a placebo group saw skin elas­tic­ity de­crease by 8 per cent and depth of wrin­kles in­crease by the same amount. So, shake up your morn­ing groom­ing regime and prep your skin for the dan­gers of sum­mer sun to come by tak­ing your skin­care plan to a dif­fer­ent cabi­net – mix 12g of ca­cao nibs with ba­nana, peanut but­ter, raw honey, cin­na­mon and milk. Let’s call it the cho­co­late foun­tain of youth.

Chocs away to erase wrin­kles.

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