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Chocolate Massage

Chocolate is generally considered bad for the skin and responsible for problems such as skin breakouts and acne. However, thanks to a recent trend in spa treatments, chocolate is now being viewed in a more positive light. Chocolate body massages and facials are now in demand for a number of reasons.

Some people also insist that they get the same high from chocolate massages as they do from eating chocolate – but without the calories.
Cocoa has been used as an ingredient in skin and beauty products from ancient times. The benefits of cocoa butter and its moisturizing powers are well known. Nowadays, using a cocoa base, massage lotions and oils are used to slough off dead skin, revitalize skin cells and boost circulation.

The caffeine present in chocolate also helps firm up the skin when applied topically. Additionally, the anti-oxidant properties of chocolate help protect the skin against damage and may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

For best results from any therapeutic chocolate treatment, ensure that the lotion or oil used contains at least 35% cocoa. The darker the chocolate, the better the benefits, so choose carefully. You can opt for chocolate body scrubs, chocolate facials, chocolate body wraps or a chocolate massage to maximize the benefits of this delicious new trend.

The best chocolate massage oil should contain a large percentage of cocoa paste along with vegetable or almond oil. Cocoa paste is high in minerals, vitamins and may contain small flecks of cocoa beans as well making it ideal for exfoliation and skin peels. Chocolate massage oil helps improve circulation and softens the skin leaving it looking bright and youthful. In addition, the chocolate scent helps relax and soothe the body and mind and creates a more decadent therapeutic experience.
Before using any new massage oil such as chocolate, always do a small skin test to make sure there is no allergic reaction. Heating the massage oil gently before use will also improve the application process and encourage deeper moisturizing.