by Holly Harmon, Executive Director of Aesthetics and Training Placecol USA and SkinPhD
Ummm, cholocate is the indulgence that so many of us crave. Can it be true…that chocolate is actually good for us and our skin? Yes! Chocolate is made from plants, which means it contains many of the health benefits of dark vegetables. These benefits are from flavonoids, which act as antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body from aging caused by free radicals, which can cause damage that leads to heart disease. Dark chocolate contains a large number of antioxidants (nearly 8 times the number found in strawberries). Flavonoids also help relax blood pressure through the production of nitric oxide, and balance certain hormones in the body. Chocolate is good for you internally and as an application on the skin if pure dark chocolate courtesy of the cacao plant is used…as in our signature Revitalizing Facial.
At Placecol and Skin PhD, we have the most luxurious one hour facial therapy that incorporates our signature cold laser therapy and our decadent cocoa mask.
REVITALIZING COLD LASER FACIAL WITH COCOA MASK
As with all of our facials, our steps are to cleanse the face, apply toner, exfoliate ot remove the dead skin cells on the epidermis and then we use cold laser on the face that stimulates a process called ATP in the mitochondria of the cell. This brings the cells back to their original state of health thus repairing and healing the skin from the cellular level. Next, we apply our exclusive Revitalizing Cocoa Mask. This unique mask rejuvenates the skin by means of its active ingredients such as alginates extracted from kelp. The polyphenols and vitamin A are powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and slow the effects of aging. The tannins, because of their astringent and tonic properties, bring back the firmness to the epidermis. In addition cocoa has moisturizing properties that are essential for preventing wrinkle formation. The skin’s protective film is reconstituted, and its glow is restored. How divine!