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The Science of Chocolate and Your Skin

Are you ready for a sweet truth that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth? We’re giving you an excuse to justify that chocolate addiction because when it comes to great antioxidant sources, you don’t need to look much further than cocoa. Good news, right? Just wait—it gets better.

Give Your Body an Antioxidant Boost

Cocoa contains more antioxidants than many fruits and vegetables; by weight, it has more antioxidants than blueberries, green tea or red wine. How much more exactly? Well, try these numbers on for size: it contains double the antioxidants of red wine and five times that of green tea. You probably already know that several ingredients in this sweet treat offer mood-boosting benefits, but there’s even more to it than that. Believe it or not, a chemical within cocoa helps protect skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure and can play a role in impacting the visible signs of aging. On top of that, chocolate and cocoa can also help protect the cardiovascular system, ultimately playing a role in helping to reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis—a disease in which fatty deposits build up on the arteries’ inner walls.

Not All Chocolate is Created Equal

Remember, though, that not all chocolate is created equal. For maximum antioxidant benefits, go for extra dark chocolate containing at least 70-85% cocoa content. It’s also better to choose non-Dutched cocoa, since the process of “Dutching” significantly reduces the amount of flavanols (which is really just a fancy name for the beneficial plant-based nutrients found within cocoa). Not only does dark chocolate contain phenolics—the powerful antioxidants that help fight the cell damage that leads to chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease—but it also contain high levels of chromium, a substance that has been proven to help control blood sugar. But here’s the real question: if consuming cocoa can have such a positive impact on your body and skin, what happens when you add it to your skincare routine? ...we’re so glad you asked.

Indulge Your Skin with Cocoa Moisture Mask

If you’re looking to add an extra boost of hydration to your skincare routine and truly maximize your at-home “spa time” with a guilt-free indulgence you (and your skin) can feel good about, we’ve found your solution. Our new Cocoa Moisture Mask delivers immediate benefits to your skin with just one application and even more dramatic results with continued use, thanks in large part to its key sciences:
  1. Cocoa Extract helps nourish and smooth skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  2. DMAE helps with skin’s firmness, delivering a lifted, more sculpted appearance
  3. Cocoa-Enriched Microcapsules work to optimize the efficacy of ingredients
The rich, creamy formula is designed to deliver the results you’ve come to expect from Perricone MD products, while also creating a luxurious, multi-sensory user experience. Not only will you be left with nourished, hydrated skin that immediately appears more youthful and supple, but skin’s texture will be visibly improved for a firmer, more toned appearance that looks radiant and luminous. Oh, and an added bonus? Its rich chocolate scent allows you to indulge in a treat without the calories...or the sugar rush. So say hello to cocoa, and goodbye to dryness, a visible loss of firmness and radiance.