Q: I’m almost afraid to ask””is chocolate really bad for my skin?!
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
Relax! The age-old tale of chocolate being bad for you isn’t true. This decadent treat is often blamed for breakouts, but there is little evidence to support the claim that chocolate causes skin problems. In fact, it may actually have benefits for skin””and your overall health.
Chocolate, especially the dark variety, is loaded with antioxidant flavonoids and minerals that help protect and nourish skin. Antioxidants play an especially important role in skin health. They work to guard skin cells against damage caused by UV sunlight and other environmental stressors that contribute to aging and diminished appearance. Look for dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa for best results.
If you prefer milk chocolate, don’t go overboard. While it won’t hurt your complexion, the dairy and sugar make it high in calories and fat, which certainly isn’t good for you.
Want to round out your diet with other skin-supporting foods? Fill your plate with avocados, salmon, blueberries and leafy greens. Avoid caffeine, which promotes inflammation and dehydration, and alcohol, which increases capillary damage and redness.
For additional antioxidant support, try a topical solution such as MyChelle Perfect C Serum. It contains a potent 17% dose of antioxidant vitamin C to strengthen collagen and improve skin texture, with an added Ultimate Antioxidant Complex delivering nutrients such as astaxanthin, tocotrienols and tocopherols.