Rescuing Your Skin from the After-Effects of Chocolate with Natural Skin Care
Young or old, few of us can resist tucking into rather more chocolate than is good for us – especially at Easter, Christmas, birthdays…. pretty much any excuse will do! But in addition to the effect it could have on your waistline, eating all that lovely chocolate often has an impact on your complexion too. Choosing natural skin care could be the answer.
Why Is Chocolate Bad For Your Skin?
As yummy as it may be for our taste buds, chocolate can be a nightmare for our delicate complexions, with all that sugar and fat that make chocolate so delicious soon leading to breakouts and pimples.
To find out why chocolate can cause spots, you need to take a peak at the ingredients on the back of the packet. Most milk chocolate products in particular are high in sugars and dairy products which are the main culprits for causing skin breakouts. It is highly likely that your favourite bar will contain some or all of the following:
- Cocoa ingredients (cocoa butter, cocoa mass),
- Skimmed milk powder
- Milk fat
- Whey powder
- Vegetable fat
- Emulsifier (soya lecithin)
- Natural extracts or flavourings
Of the above, it is the sugar and the milk products that are most likely to be the cause of skin trouble and here is why;
Sugar is sweet and delicious, and like so many other yummy things, whilst a little won’t do you any harm, too much can be damaging. Sugar is almost pure energy and when we eat it, there’s not much work for our body to do to break it down – we can just use it as a fuel to boost energy levels.
However, sugar is a ‘high GI’ food, which means that it affects your blood sugar levels very quickly. GI stands for glycaemic index, a rating system for foods containing carbohydrates which tells you how quickly a food affects your body’s glucose level. By overdosing on chocolate, you will give your body a sugar ‘high’ that causes your system to try and compensate by quickly producing hormones to deal with the sugar surge. One of the main hormones triggered by a sugar rush is insulin, which helps to calm our bodies back down after too much sweet stuff.
However, over-production of insulin is associated with two key spot-inducing processes:
1) Stimulating the production of the skin’s natural oil, sebum, which will make your skin become more oily.
2) Increasing pore size, making your pores more open and susceptible to collecting sebum and dead skin cells – the perfect recipe for spots and pimples.
The additives used to stabilise modern-day milk products are often associated with causing inflammation. Acne, spots and pimples are inflammatory conditions, so it stands to reason that if you tuck into foods that contain a high percentage of milk products, you are likely to see an increase in inflammation in the form of spots and pimples.
Cow’s milk also contains naturally-occurring growth hormones, IGF-1, which is widely believed to contribute to acne. This seems to be a particular problem for teenagers who have a lot of hormones kicking about in their bodies. It seems there is slightly less impact when people eat organic and whole dairy products.
Helping to Combat Easter Pimples Naturally
Traditional herbal remedies can help to combat breakouts. You can use natural skin care tablets just for a few weeks to overcome the immediate effects of over-indulgence, or for longer periods if you are prone to breakouts throughout the year:
Blue Flag is a natural herb that is well-known for stimulating liver and gallbladder function. It acts as a powerful purgative, clearing congestion and purifying the blood, helping to remove toxins from the body and improve the clarity of your complexion.
Burdock Root helps to increase perspiration and remove toxins through the skin. It has been used as a blood purifier by herbalists worldwide for hundreds of years to combat problems arising from liver toxicity, including eczema, psoriasis, boils, spots, pimples and acne.
So if you have overdone it and want to start to repair the damage done to your skin by too much chocolate, it is well worth trying a natural skin care traditional herbal remedy such as HRI Clear Complexion that contains both Blue Flag and Burdock Root to help get your skin glowing again.