I’ll admit it. I’m a chocoholic. And I don’t feel the least bit of shame about it. Thanks to the raw cacao bean, this is a guiltless pleasure that makes me happy from the inside out, and surprisingly, from the outside in! Josh Rosebrook’s Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask is all the proof you need to believe in the miraculous (and delicious) superpowers of cacao in skincare.
Cacao (pronounced ka-cow) is the raw bean that is roasted and often fermented to make the chocolate you know and love. However, during these processes, the nutrients and antioxidants naturally found in cacao are weakened, all the while making the delicious cocoa powder that is used to make chocolate. So yes, while dark, mildly sweetened chocolate is an antioxidant rich food, raw cacao is far better for you to eat and offers a variety of health benefits.
Possibly one of the greatest gifts of nature is that chocolate is anti-aging. With one of the highest measured antioxidant (ORAC) capacities, cacao helps protect your cells from oxidation and aging. Improving vascular health, increasing HDL (the good) cholesterol and lowering blood pressure have all been studied as benefits of incorporating antioxidant-rich cacao into your diet. Cacao also contains other important minerals like iron, selenium, copper, zinc and manganese. As a valuable source of whole food magnesium, cacao helps to maintain a healthy brain, thyroid, and anti-inflammatory response but is particularly helpful to women in alleviating symptoms of PMS. Cacao has been widely studied for delivering a healthy dose of phenylethylamine, a derivative of the amino acid phenylalanine that regulates your mood and energy levels, and one of the reasons the world is full of chocolate lovers. Are you feeling less guilty about those cravings yet? Good!
But here comes even better news. Contrary to the myth we all heard in middle-school, chocolate does not make you break out! In fact, studies show applying raw cacao offers a lot of the same benefits as eating it. The high levels of antioxidants protect and repair the skin from damage and premature aging. And as a potent anti-inflammatory, it soothes redness and blemishes, improving the skin’s complexion. The natural oil derived from the cacao seed, also known as cacao butter, contains healthy omega-6 fatty acids for a healthy dose of skin soothing rejuvenation. While an increase in circulation stimulates new blood flow to the surface of the skin, keeping it healthy and glowing.
This month’s Hero product harnesses the power of cacao in a very personal way. When studying the benefits of plants and botanicals on the skin, Josh Rosebrook discovered cacao as one of the most potent skin healers and crafted a product to treat his own skin’s needs. Clients instantly noticed his glow and the cry for, “I’ll have what he’s having” sparked the first product in what is now a full skincare line synonymous with high-performance holistic nutrition. We invite you to layer on the chocolatey goodness of Josh Rosebrook’s Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask, allow it to dry for 45 minutes, and bask in the brightening and detoxifying effect. You too will become a guiltless chocoholic.