This sweet treat (and the cocoa bean from which it is derived) is a rich source of antioxidants. In fact, says Baumann, cocoa has significantly higher levels of antioxidants (like resveratrol and theaflavin) than red wine, green tea and black tea. “The polyphenols and methylxanthines in cocoa are rife with anti-aging benefits,” says Macrene Alexiades- Armenakas, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. “The polyphenols are antioxidants that have anti-cancer activity, and the methylxanthines act like caffeine to help shrink broken capillaries and decrease redness and puffiness.” And cocoa butter (obtained from the same bean) has long been used in moisturizers designed to superhydrate skin.
(F) Crater Lake Company Chocolate & Silk Renewing Face Masque ($17; craterlakecompany.com) contains organic Peruvian cocoa powder to refresh and detoxify skin.
(G) The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Butter ($20; thebodyshop-usa.com) is a treat that leaves skin super soft.
Also try: Lush Double Choc Lip Tint ($7; lush.com), a neutral bronze shade that adds a warm glow to lips.