8 Amazing Homemade Chocolate Face Masks

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Ah, chocolate! This sweet, sweet treat is one of the best things man has ever created. When you say “chocolate,” you can almost see people’s faces light up with delight. Anyone can imagine how utterly satisfying it feels when chocolate melts in your mouth and starts to activate every taste receptor in your tongue, bringing you to a state of euphoria from all the sweetness and happiness swimming inside your mouth. Indeed, chocolate does not only make other food taste better and look even more appetizing but it can also brighten up people’s day.

Aside from giving people a reason to smile, chocolate can relieve stress. It can even “heal” broken hearts. So you can say that it’s highly likely that humanity will forever be thankful for the amazing and delectable gift that is chocolate.

There are many other sweet treats that man has come to love. But nothing comes close to chocolate. There are probably only a few people who crave candies, whipped cream, caramel or bubble gum more than chocolate. Just imagining it would evoke a pleasurable feeling that won’t be satiated with something else.

But how did chocolate come to be? Where was it first made? Who discovered it first?  

How chocolate came to be?

Because nothing compares to the decadence of chocolate, it’s almost unbelievable to know that it has a very humble beginning.

Chocolate is made from cacao beans that come from a fruit called pod, which is primarily found in the tropics and remote areas of Central and South America, West Africa and Southeast Asia. Cocoa trees are flower-covered trees that require much tending. They thrive in tropical forests along with other crops, such as rubber, hardwood trees and bananas.

They are usually grown in small farms and are then harvested by hand and transported in carts by trucks. These are then sold to local buyers that send them to processing companies abroad.

Cocoa farmers crack open cocoa pods to take out the seeds, ferment them and let them dry. After collecting the seeds, they are then shipped to factories around the world for processing. Manufacturing plants will inspect, clean, roast and grind the seeds into a dense liquid called “chocolate liquor.” The liquid form will then be pressed, rolled, mixed with sugar and other ingredients and heated and cooled to yield the world’s most delicious treat.

 

Why does chocolate taste the way it does?

As soon as you take a bite of a glossy chocolate bar, you’ll instantly feel it melt and swim slowly around your mouth and onto every sensory cell in your tongue. Such a divine feeling, yes?

Chocolate, which comes in dark, white and milk variants, have around 1,500 flavor compounds, giving everyone plenty to contemplate with every bite. These flavors can range from salty to sweet, or spicy to fruity. The list could go on. The smooth texture of chocolate is what makes it so decadent and wonderful as soon as a bite lands in your mouth. But what gives this treat its glorious creamy taste is the cocoa butter. A lot of chocolatiers use generous amounts to create really pleasurable food items.

 

Other fun facts about chocolate

chocolate

  • Every cocoa tree can produce around 2,500 beans.
  • An average of 30 percent of the crop is lost every year because cocoa trees are very delicate.
  • To make one pound of chocolate, you will need 400 cocoa beans.
  • Approximately 3.5 million pounds of whole milk is used every day by U.S. chocolate manufacturers to produce milk chocolate.
  • An approximated three million tons of cocoa beans are used to make chocolate products every year.
  • A cocoa farmer must wait four to five years for a tree to produce its first beans.
  • An average serving of milk chocolate is estimated to have the same amount of caffeine per cup of decaf coffee.
  • Recent studies prove that people can make chocolate a part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • It was also revealed that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol levels like other hard fats.
  • An estimated 1.5 million cocoa farms can be found in West Africa, which means most cocoa comes from this side of the world.
  • There are cocoa trees that are more than 200 years old. But it is only in the first 25 years that they provide the most marketable cocoa beans.
  • It was Rodolphe Lindt, Swiss chocolate manufacturer and founder of Lindt chocolate factory, who first invented the conching machine to improve the quality of chocolate.
  • Côte d’Ivoire, a West African country, is the single largest producer of cocoa. They provide an estimated 40 percent of the world’s cocoa supply.
  • Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, sold chocolate in his Philadelphia print shop.
  • Cocoa beans were considered extremely valuable to early Mesoamericans that they were used as currency.
  • Royalty in Spain used to give cacao cakes in their dowries.
  • During the time of the Aztecs, Emperor Montezuma drank 50 cups of cacao every day from a golden chalice.
  • It takes two to four days to create one serving of chocolate bar.
  • Two doses of cocoa butter, plus an additional dollop, give chocolate its heavenly creamy goodness.
  • Chocolate face masks are now a thing, and for good reason.

 

Are chocolate facial treatments for real?

Numerous research suggests that chocolate offers significant health benefits. It is this premise that beauty experts are claiming that applying chocolate facial masks can be good for the skin, too. Hence, they have become a new fad in the beauty industry nowadays. Here are some reasons to convince you that this flavorful treat is good for your skin.

  • It is high in potent antioxidants that fight free radicals that damage your skin.
  • It has anti-aging properties that can stave off the onset of wrinkles, age spots and other signs.
  • It can give your face a healthy, youthful glow, thanks to its components that slow down the aging process.
  • It promotes collagen production and lighten blemishes, like acne marks.
  • It is compatible with all skin types, which means that anyone can use it.
  • It is one of the most effective ways to relax and rejuvenate your skin after a stressful week.
  • It has sun-protection properties that protect your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing sunburn and skin cancer.
  • It is an excellent skin detoxifier, especially dark chocolate because it is considered the ultimate superfood. It helps get rid of dead skin cells to make way for new and fresh cells.

 

How to make chocolate facial masks at home?

If you want to enjoy the amazing benefits of chocolate on your skin, you can DIY face masks at home. Here are eight of the most popular recipes you can easily copy.

 

Option #1 – Hydrating chocolate face mask

After using this face pack, you will notice that your skin is softer, more supple because of the hydrating effect of this mixture.

Ingredients:

      50 grams chocolate with 70-90% cocoa content

      1 tbsp. olive oil (almond oil or grape seed oil can be used, too)

      1 egg yolk

  1. Start by warming up the chocolate in a water bath. Wait until it becomes liquid.
  2. Take 1 tablespoon of the liquid chocolate and mix with 1 tablespoon olive oil and egg yolk.
  3. Combine all the ingredients well.
  4. Once the temperature of the mixture is cool enough, spread the mask all over your face and neck.
  5. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

 

Option #2 – Chocolate coconut cream face mask

While this face mask is on your skin, you’ll feel the indulgent, silky feel of the cream. Then, you’ll notice how clean your face feels because of the cleansing effect of coconut oil.

Ingredients:

      1/3 cup cocoa powder

      ¼ cup raw honey

      2 tbsp. heavy cream

      1/8 cup coconut oil

      3 tsps. raw oatmeal

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together starting with the cocoa powder.
  2. Gradually pour the coconut oil, honey and heavy cream into the mixture.
  3. Combine well.
  4. Spread all over your face and neck.
  5. Keep it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, rinse with lukewarm water.

 

Option #3 – Toning chocolate face mask

chocolate face mask

Aside from toning your skin, this facial treatment can hydrate your skin and improve its elasticity.

Ingredients:

      50 grams chocolate with 70-90% cocoa content

      Apple, sliced

      Banana, sliced

      Strawberries, sliced

      Water melon, sliced

  1. Warm up chocolate in a water bath.
  2. In a blender, mix apple, banana, watermelon and strawberry slices. Blend well until it becomes a puree.
  3. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the fruit mix into a bowl.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Apply the max generously on your face and neck.
  7. Wait for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

 

Option #4 – Chocolate, oatmeal, yogurt and honey face mask

This face mask mixture will exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin cells, thanks to oatmeal’s natural exfoliating properties. Honey will lock in moisture and keep your skin hydrated. Yogurt’s antimicrobial components can lighten your skin and prevent infections.

Ingredients:

      1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

      1 tbsp. oatmeal

      1 tsp. honey

      2 tbsps. Yogurt

  1. Grind the oats until turns into powder.
  2. Add cocoa powder, honey and yogurt.
  3. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Apply onto face and neck and leave on for 30 minutes.
  5. Rinse with tepid water.

 

Option #5 – Chocolate, coffee, coconut milk and honey face mask

Caffeine in coffee is a natural antioxidant. This helps rid your face of dullness while making your skin lighter. On the other hand, coconut has a soothing effect and will nourish your skin.

Ingredients:

      1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

      1 tbsp. freshly ground coffee

      1 tsp. honey

      2 tbsps. Coconut milk

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, honey and coconut milk.
  2. Mix well to form a smooth face mask.
  3. Spread all over your face and neck and leave on for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.

For best results, use this facial treatment once a week.

 

Option #6 – Chocolate, avocado, honey and oatmeal facial treatment

This face mask will effectively exfoliate your skin and leave it feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Ingredients:

      1/3 cup cocoa powder

      ¼ cup organic honey

      2 tbsps. smashed avocado

      3 tsps. oatmeal, powdered

  1.    Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well until you have an even texture.
  2.    Spread the mixture on your face and neck. Gently massage skin to allow the oatmeal to get rid of dead skin layer.
  3.    Keep the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes before washing with lukewarm water.

 

Option #7 – Chocolate, turmeric and fuller’s earth face mask

Fuller’s earth is widely used in beauty products. In fact, it is considered a staple in the industry because of its cleansing and oil-absorbing properties. Adding this with chocolate and turmeric, which has antiseptic components, will help you keep your skin infection-free.

Ingredients:

      1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

      1 tbsp. fuller’s earth

      1 pinch turmeric

      1 tbsp. rose water.

  1. Add cocoa powder, turmeric powder and fuller’s earth in a small bowl.
  2. Add rose water and mix well until a smooth face pack is formed.
  3. Apply generously on your face and neck.
  4. Keep it on for 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

Apply once in a week for best results.

 

Option #8 – Chocolate, orange and oatmeal face mask

The antioxidants in orange will help you treat any skin infection, while oatmeal will help rid your skin of dead skin layers.

Ingredients:

      1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

      1 tbsp. orange juice

      ½ tsp. orange zest

      1 tbsp. oatmeal

  1. Grind oatmeal until it becomes powder.
  2. Mix the powdered oatmeal with the cocoa powder, orange juice and zest. Combine well until consistency is smooth.
  3. Spread all over your face and neck and leave for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water.

Use this face mask once a week to keep your face smooth and clean.

Bonus face pack

This facial treatment is perfect for those with oily to combination skin. It can gently remove dead skin cells, dirt, excess oil and grease.

  1. Mix cocoa powder with water to make a paste.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of sea salt, which exfoliates and detoxifies the skin.
  3. Mix in a teaspoon of raw milk. Mix well to create a face scrub.
  4. Spread evenly on your face and neck. With the tips of your fingers, scrub the face mask gently in a circular motion.
  5. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.

These facial treatments are unbelievably easy to do yet are very effective. So, try these procedures at home and start reaping the rewards of homemade chocolate face masks.

 

More information on how good chocolate is for you

Aside from keeping your skin healthy and young-looking, though, chocolate has many other health benefits that you should know. So you won’t have to feel guilty the next time you decide to take a bite of this orgasmic treat. Here are some of them:

  1. It can lower cholesterol. This is according to a study published in “The Journal of Nutrition.” The research showed that eating chocolate can help reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
  2. It can improve memory retention. According to scientists at Harvard Medical School, people who consume two cups of hot chocolate every day show improvement in brain activity. They also found out that such habit can reduce memory decline in seniors.
  3. It can reduce the risk of heart diseases. Experts who studied the health benefits of chocolate found out that this cocoa product can lower the risk of heart diseases by a third.
  4. It can reduce the risk of stroke. A study conducted in Canada involving more than 44,000 participants found that people who eat chocolate on a regular basis are 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke.
  5. It can promote fetal growth and development in pregnant women. Eating 30 grams of chocolate on a daily basis during pregnancy can help in the growth and development of the baby inside your womb, as concluded by a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta.
  6. It can help manage blood sugar levels. This might sound absurd because chocolate is so sweet, which means eating it can cause diabetes. But for dark chocolate, its sugar content does not have an adverse effect on your blood sugar because it has a low glycemic index. Thus, it can aid in the insulin production in your body.
  7. It can greatly improve your mood. Dark chocolate has components that stimulate the production of endorphins, hormones that are responsible for improving your mood. So, when you eat dark chocolate, you’ll feel more relaxed and less stressed. This is why a lot of women crave for chocolate whenever they have their period or are depressed.

So you see? There are so many reasons to love chocolate. Whether it’s for your skin or overall health, you’ll surely enjoy eating it more with its many wonderful benefits.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.