Could choco­late ac­tu­ally be good for your skin?

The ir­re­sistible at­trac­tion to skin­care that has a sug­ary side.

Elle (Canada) - - Insider - By Vanessa Craft

when I was in my teens, my beauty rou­tine was an ode to early-onset di­a­betes. I had cookie-scented body lo­tion, sham­poo that smelled like grape bub­ble gum and enough choco­late-flavoured lip­gloss to last un­til retirement. My tastes have evolved; I no longer smell like a box of sugar ce­real. Now, most of my favourite mois­tur­iz­ers, lip­sticks and skin creams are un­scented or uni­sex in tone—that is, un­til win­ter rolls around. Then I sud­denly find my­self re­vert­ing back to child­hood, find­ing so­lace in dessert-in­spired de­lights.

The re­cent change in the weather sent me straight to our beauty closet for a sea­sonal switch. M.A.C lip­sticks, which are all scented with vanilla, are my go-to for day or evening. The Too Faced Choco­late Soleil Matte Bronzer that smells like fudge? It has a new home: my face. And then I dis­cov­ered the motherlode: Fresh Beauty Co­coa Body Ex­fo­liant, a skin-smooth­ing, an­tiox­i­dant-rich body scrub con­tain­ing co­coa and co­conut shells that looks—and smells—like choco­late-cake bat­ter.

It’s not the first time that Fresh founders Lev Glaz­man and Alina Royt­berg have gone gour­mand when cre­at­ing skin­care and body prod­ucts. The late ’90s saw the launch of their trail-blaz­ing Sugar col­lec­tion, which was in­spired by child­hood mem­o­ries of their re­spec­tive grand­moth­ers, who used the sweet stuff as a nat­u­ral an­ti­sep­tic to heal cuts and scratches. The cult favourite Crème An­ci­enne Honey Mask is made up of nearly 40-per­cent honey­— 21/ ta­ble­spoons’ worth in each jar.

2 (Honey is a mois­ture-re­tain­ing humec­tant with nat­u­ral en­zymes that gen­tly ex­fo­li­ate the skin.)

My fas­ci­na­tion with Fresh’s dessert-like co­coa scrub isn’t com­pletely un­founded. Stud­ies have shown that co­coa is an in­gre­di­ent with ma­jor mood-boost­ing ef­fects, so I have sci­ence to jus­tify my life­long choco­late con­nec­tion. Glaz­man calls the en­dor­phins re­leased when we in­gest co­coa “plea­sure mol­e­cules,” which are oth­er­wise known as beta-en­dor­phins. “It gives you a sense of well-be­ing,” he says. “When you have a bite of choco­late, it’s not just the flavour you love; it’s the ef­fect it has on you.”

Fresh Beauty Co­coa Ex­fo­li­at­ing Body Soap ($19); Fresh Beauty Co­coa Body Ex­fo­liant ($54). For de­tails, see Shop­ping Guide.

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