Merry Christmas everyone!!! With the holidays upon us I thought it would be a good idea to have a beauty post on a popular holiday ingredient- Cocoa! Below you will find a recipe for a moisturizing cocoa beauty mask and a delicious spin on hot cocoa.
The Scoop on Cocoa! A few Health Benefits
- The antioxidant concentration in a cup of hot cocoa is greater than the antioxidant concentration in a cup of green or black tea.
- Is heart healthy– Helps to reduce blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels, and inhibits platelet aggregation.
- Special compounds in cocoa called flavonoids increase blood flow to the brain resulting in better cognitive function. Third semester of PA school here I come!!! =P
A few Beauty Benefits
- Acts a great moisturizer when applied topically.
- Is full of antioxidants that can help to repair damaged skin.
- Can protect skin against sunburn.
- Gives your skin a healthy glow!
DIY: The Glow Glow Cocoa Mask- This mask is super moisturizing and your skin will glow after you remove it. Plus, it smells absolutely divine!
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of melted coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt.
Feel free to add more or less ingredients to get the consistency you want. Apply this mask onto your face and leave it on for about 20-40 minutes. I personally like to leave this on for a full 40 minutes to get the maximum benefits.
DIY: Cocoa Tea- if you haven’t licked away all of the Glow Glow Cocoa Mask perhaps you should make this delicious tea to satisfy your chocolate craving. I discovered this tea while vacationing in St. Lucia. It is a local breakfast staple there and it tastes amazing. While you may think it’s just hot cocoa – it actually tastes like chocolate but it also tastes like tea.
Ingredients: 1 cup of water, 4 tbs of grated organic cocoa, and 1/2 cup of milk. Also you may add in a few spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Sugar is also optional.
Directions: Pour the water, cocoa, and milk into a pot and boil the mixture for 5 minutes. Mix the ingredients as they are boiling with a spoon to prevent the mixture from overflowing. Then strain and serve. And there you have it, fresh cocoa tea! Enjoy! =)