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Flavanol-Rich Cocoa Shows Promise As A Skin-Care Ingredient

January 11, 2010: 08:10 AM EST
Cocoa, which has high levels of the antioxidant flavanol, offers some significant health benefits for the skin and its “potential in skin care formulas is promising,” according to this Inside Cosmeceuticals look at recent research on the subject. A 2006 study, for example, found that cocoa powder helped protect the skin from sun damage, improved blood circulation, and reduced roughness and scaling. A 2009 study found that consumption of chocolate rich in flavanols – but not conventional chocolate – protects the skin from sun damage. Another study, however, determined that cocoa butter did not prevent stretch marks in pregnant women.
"Sweetening Up For Healthy Skin", Inside Cosmeceuticals, January 11, 2010, © Virgo Publishing, LLC.
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