Cacao: Great for your skin and delicious as well

Chocolate isn't just delicious, it's also very good for your skin.

Theobroma cacao (or “food of the gods” – we couldn’t agree more!) is a plant native to the Amazon, which has been in existence for thousands of years.

We admit it, we’re addicted! Chocolate melts beautifully both in the mouth and on the skin.

 

 

Omega-3 and Photo-aging

There are ever more studies that point to the benefits of chocolate, including one published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics which indicates that topical omega-3s can reduce UV sensitivity (signs of photoaging) in skin cells (1). Research suggests that there’s a possibility that skin care products rich in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids may actually improve the skin’s appearance (2).

Cacao is the ingredient per excellence in all chocolate products, and a very complex foodstuff nutritionally rich in minerals, antioxidants and vasoactive compounds.

Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician who’s considered the father of medicine, said:

“Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”

The idea that chocolate can serve quite literally as “medicine” has already been taken up in scientific literature (3).

Cocoa butter, the natural oil derived from cacao beans, contains omega-3 fatty acids which provide the skin with a healthy dose of soothing rejuvenation, as well as antioxidant effects (2). And there’s a great deal of evidence pointing to the health benefits of regularly eating dark chocolate.

 

Acne and Chocolate

 It’s nothing more than a myth that chocolate causes acne. However, while it doesn’t cause acne, chocolate is still full of high-calorie, high-fat ingredients. These days, there’s more attention being paid to the link between diet and developing acne.

Acne is a complex skin problem and breakouts can come and go for no real reason. But there’s strong evidence which connects acne with a Western diet, rich in calories, fats, and refined carbohydrates. Fast food – like hamburgers, fried chicken, hot dogs, french fries, and soft drinks – can increase the risk of acne. The high sugar and fat content can boost sebum production, a determining factor in the development of acne.

So, if “blaming chocolate” is more or less a fabrication, where did it come from?

Food is far from the most likely culprit when it comes to acne. The real causes of acne are the accumulation of dead skin cells inside your pores and the skin’s overproduction of oil (sebum), combined with excess bacteria.

Hormones also play an important role in acne breakouts. That's why acne is so common during puberty and at that time of the month for people who menstruate, meaning your chocolate consumption ends up coinciding with your breakout! Predisposition to acne is also hereditary. So, if your parents had acne, you'll probably have it too.

At Per Purr we have Fresh Soap, a refreshing soap ideal for all skin types, made with plenty of cocoa butter mixed with chopped mint leaves and three essential oils: peppermint, lemongrass and basil.

The bottom line? Cheer up and eat your chocolate bars…in moderation!

 

 

Studies:

¨1¨ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15979259/

¨2¨ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4696435/

¨3¨. Franco OH. Bonneux L. de Laet C. Peeters A. Steyerberg EW. Mackenbach JP. The Polymeal: a more natural, safer, and probably tastier (than the Polypill) strategy to reduce cardiovascular disease by more than 75% BMJ. 2004;329:1447–1450. [PMC free article] [PubMed] [Google Scholar]

 

Men’s Skincare Routine

Many guys find skincare routines a bit tiresome. But times are changing, and so is demand. Today, lots of men are concerned about skincare, and I consider myself one of them.

For years I tried different brands, products, and styles of creams. I didn’t understand that mixing different products could make my skin duller and more sensitive.

After I turned 30, my skin completely changed, becoming more sensitive to the sun and pollution. I get lots of breakouts on my forehead due to sweat and creams, and because I touch my forehead a lot to brush back my hair. Aside from this issue, I started to notice that my cheeks were getting redder and very sensitive. I tried using the best creams for sensitive skin, but since I have combination skin, it was a problem.

Dermatologists and skincare experts tried to sell me more and more products, but I didn’t want to waste my time applying so many creams and serums in the morning. Per Purr has changed the way I take care of my skin. First of all, it’s so easy. Their range of facial products includes everything you need for your skin, so you don’t have to use multiple products. It’s fast and you don’t even have to think about it.

 

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I do my routine in the shower, which saves water and time.

  • I wash my face with “Calm” soap, and in the summer, I use “Sunlike” soap, which is a bit exfoliating (I don’t use it every day to avoid irritating my skin). Then I just rinse with warm water.
  • If I want to deeply exfoliate my skin, I use “Sunlike” soap, which is micro-exfoliating and gentle to the skin.
  • Some days, I like to apply toner to invigorate my skin, but in this case, I use natural, alcohol-free toner or thermal water.
  • On days when I shave my beard, I use Per Purr’s natural moisturizer as shaving gel. It’s pretty light, it hydrates my beard and skin, and it doesn’t cause irritation.
  • Finally, I use Per Purr’s Facial Oil. Since I have combination skin, three or four drops in the palm of my hand is enough. I warm up the oil with my fingertips and apply it to my face, without forgetting my neck and lips.

I was skeptical of this oil at first because I have combination skin, but it has the advantage of being a serum too (so you get two skincare products for the price of one). It also works as an aftershave, nourishing the skin without causing irritation.

You might be wondering if this facial oil makes my skin greasy. The answer is no! This oil has mattifying properties and a high percentage (80%) of MUFAs + ceramides, and monounsaturated fatty acids (especially gadoleic acid and erucic acid) similar to the skin’s lipids that have hydrating properties. Since I have been using it, this product has left my skin well-nourished with a healthy glow and never shiny. Also, it doesn’t have a strong fragrance, in case you don’t like creams with fragrances.

 

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That’s how easy my daily skincare routine is! Give it a try and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Done! My skincare routine finished, and I’m ready to start the day.

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