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Chocolate may be soul food, but skin food? The concept isn't as far-fetched as you might think. Packed with a raft of wrinkle-battling antioxidants--twice as much as that in red wine and up to three times those found in green tea, according to a 2003 Cornell University study--the decadent dessert is said to boost complexions by fighting free-radical damage, as well as softening and conditioning your skin with its high concentration of cocoa butter. With a hefty dose of caffeine to bolster circulation, along with an intoxicating aroma that triggers the release of feel-good serotonin, chocolate may be more of a skin salve than its misbegotten rep as a blemish-inducer lets on.
Before you can say "trend alert!" we found five skincare collections that worship at the altar of the humble cacao bean. And because your choice of chocolate matters, all of them use certified-organic cocoa, some of which is fair-trade-certified, as well. Talk about a guilt-free chocolate fix.
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For a warm, mocha-not-orange faux glow, slap on Chocolate Sun's organic sunless tanner, which eschews synthetic chemicals in favor of botanically derived active ingredients, including dihydroxyacetone (DHA) sourced from sugar beets. Infused with cocoa, green tea extract, and hydration-packed plant oils (jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond), the bronzing creams span the sun-kissed spectrum, from light and subtle to dark and deep.