I quickly discovered the love for not only adding chocolate into to treats, but adding it to the face of Jay, host of Rogers TV, during the daytime segment. Indeed, Verve joined forces with Naturopathic Doctor, Sarah Hawthorn, and had another 7 minutes of fame last Friday while talking to Susan and Jay about natural skin care. I know what you’re thinking.. what the hell does chocolate have to do with skin care? ..well, not THAT much but it was a great addition to our face mask recipe.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has no authority to require companies to test products for safety. FDA does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the market. The agency conducts pre-market reviews only for certain color additives and active ingredients in cosmetics classified as over-the-counter drugs (FDA 2005, 2010). You try taking a step forward by caring for your skin but little did you know, you could be taking two steps backwards. Remember: if you won’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.
Sooooo…where does the chocolate come in?
Well, rather than pulling your hair out trying to find the right product for you.. try making your own! There are plenty of great skin care “potions” out there but to keep it simple and to ensure purity, leave it to mother nature to provide the ingredients!
Fudge Face Mask
Avocados are rich in vitamins which nourish your skin to feel and look ravishing! Besides having anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, they contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, which is known to be an anti-inflammatory and will moisturize and soothe your skin.
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
If you didn’t read my last blog about coconut oil – check it out! For those who did, you know why I love it so much and why you now share the same appreciation. Coconut oil can be compared to mineral oil for your skin as it is going to leave your skin feeling nourished and smoother than ever!
1 tsp. Lemon
This sour fruit contains anti-oxidants, toning, anti-aging and pore-cleansing properties, and is known to detoxify the skin. Anything else? Lemon also works well with honeys ability to absorb impurities as it also contains alpha hydroxy acid which sheds dead skin cells.
3 tbsp. Raw Honey
Believe it or not, honey goes beyond the benefits of tasting delicious spread across your toast in the morning. Honey works well with alpha hydroxy acid, found in lemon, as it has the ability to absorb and retain moisture and impurities. The natural antioxidant, mineral-rich and anti-microbial properties protect the skin from damage, support rejuvenation and leave it feeling soft. It’s important to purchase raw honey because once it’s been pasteurized, the beneficial properties are damaged and you will not have the same results as you would using the raw honey.
3 tbsp. Cacao Powder
J’adore chocolat. I think you know and understand my (along with many others) admiration for chocolate! Cacao powder is a powdered form of raw, unprocessed chocolate. As an excuse to eat this deliciousness, we have done our research and discovered the high anti-oxidant content in chocolate. The same with honey, it must be eaten in a raw/unprocessed form to reap the benefits.
3 tbsp. Rolled Oats
Oatmeal is used in this recipe to not only bind the ingredients but as a natural exfoliant.
In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together and apply to your face. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash off. If you have any left overs, scoop a taste or store the mixture in the fridge, covered for up to 48 hours.
Some extra goodies..
- Drink lots of water (lemon water is great and now you know why)
- Eat clean
- Balance your hormones
- Consume healthy fats, antioxidant and nutrient rich foods
- Look into cosmetic acupuncture
- Dry skin brush
- Avoid greasy, fried, processed, refined CRAP!
- Avoid chemicals and toxins when possible
There are many, many alternative approaches to a fresh, natural glow. If your regime isn’t working, try consulting with a practitioner for some more options.