Sweet cheeks; Don't just eat chocolate this Easter - get your guilt-free fix by slathering on these cocoa-based beauty products. By Kim Jones.
FACE FACTS Chocolate might be delicious, but it can also keep laughter lines at bay thanks to its anti-ageing properties.
"Cocoa powder contains flavonoids, antioxidant compounds in plants that 'mop up' free radicals which cause cell damage," says luxury facialist Cherry Woods (cherrywoodsclinic.com).
Feed your face with an intense dose by slathering skin with a chocolatey mask. We like the purse-friendly 7th Heaven Hot Chocolate Self-Heating Face Masque, (my7thheaven.com), a dark chocolate and orange oil mix.
For daily skin nourishment, try MuLondon Organic White Chocolate Truffle Moisturiser, (mulondon.com). With cocoa and Bourbon Vanilla, it's good enough to eat.
And for a fresh take on chocolate skincare? We like RMK's Basic Kit, (selfridges.com), a chocolate mint scented skin collection.
NO-CALORIE TREATS "Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa beans and melts at body temperature," says Cherry. "It's used to make chocolate, and skin loves fatty acids. It can help heal dry, sensitive skins."
First, prepare your skin with a cocoa scrub like Cacao Coffee Body Scrub, ( frankbody.com) and Buddy Scrub Raw Cacao, (buddyscrub.co. uk).
Both contain raw cacao powder which fights free radicals and the effects of pollution, while hydrating vitamin E, brown sugar and sea salt cleanse and clarify.
Next up, chocolate spread! We like Derma V10 Cocoa Body Butter, ( fragrancedirect.co.uk) and Germaine de Capuccini's Rich Cocoa Body Butter, (germainede-capuccini.co.uk). It's used in spas and smells like a Viennese truffle - delicious.
In a rush? Spritz on Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Spray Moisturiser, nationwide.
DON'T MELT IN THE SUN... Tan safely with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Eventone Suncare Sunscreen Lotion.
If you're going down the self-tan route, prepare skin with Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Chocolate Whip. Or try Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturizer, it's super-chocolatey. All Superdrug. CHOCOLATE DIP Cleopatra bathed in milk, but we prefer a dip in chocolate. Try Philip B Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath, (amazon.co.uk). As well as moisturising cocoa butter, it contains oat proteins, known to help soothe conditions such as eczema.
We also love Bomb Cosmetics Choc Around The Clock Brulee, (a bath bomb shaped like a cupcake). And treat yourself to Chocolate Heaven Soap Cake while you're at it - (bombcosmetics.co.uk).
CHOCKY LOCKS Feed tresses with cocoa butter - it's ideal for conditioning dry, frizzy or curly hair. Try Garnier The Sleek Restorer range - a shampoo, conditioner, balm and oil containing cocoa butter from the Ivory Coast. All good stores.
Or for a weekly deep- conditioning treat, we like Green Energy Organics Le Rituel Extra Doux Hair Conditioner Mask, (milla baci.com).
We're also fans of Faith in Nature's chocolate shampoo and conditioner, both ( faithinnature.
co.uk) a natural blend of organic cocoa beans and vanilla. Cocoa extract is packed with antioxidants that can protect hair from UV damage.
COSMETIC COCOA If you want to match your make-up to your chocolate body, you'll love the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Eye Palette, Debenhams. With 16 cocoa powder-infused varieties, the shades are chocolate-scented too.
The Too-Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Debenhams, contains real antioxidant-rich cocoa-powder for nourishment and Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder, all good stores, looks and smells just like a cubed chocolate bar.
Pucker up for a chocolate lip with Pure Thoughts Cocoa & Orange Lip Scrub, (purethoughts.co.uk) - it contains cocoa butter and powder with sugar and orange oil. Keep lips sweet with Hershey's Chocolate Flavoured lip balm, Claire's.
SMELLING SWEET Studies have shown the smell of chocolate can make you less stressed. We couldn't agree more - so spritz a sweet smelling scent on pulse points. Splash out on Jo Malone London Blue Agava & Cacao Cologne, (jomalone.co.uk) with a base of exotic warm cacao bean.
MELT-IN-MOUTH MANI Who doesn't like having chocolate at their fingertips! Keep hands and nails in tip-top condition with the scrumptiously scented All That Jazz Chocolate Orange Hand & Foot Scrub, Cream and Cuticle Oil, (allthatjazzuk.com).
Then paint nails with a chocinspired shade - we like Autograph's All in One Bitter Cocoa, Marks & Spencer, and Rimmel's Super Gel in Hottie Choccie.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 24, 2016|
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