"Cocoa has a high concentration of flavanols, plant compounds with antioxidant properties that help protect skin from sun damage," says Dr. Wu. Add a tablespoon of 70% cocoa powder to a cup of BBQ sauce for richer flavor.
A no-cal way to get the skin care benefits of cocoa's flavanols: Use it as a bath soak, suggests Ginger McLean, spa director for the Spa at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania. To do, add 1/8 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, which also nourishes dry skin, and 1/3 cup instant fat-free dry milk to your tub.
Published November 2011, Prevention
Updated November 2011