Valentine’s Day is all about Love, Chocolate, Strawberries and Champagne. We all know LOVE benefits your heart but here are some benefits the other three ingredients that make this day so special.
Rich in flavonols, 70% cocoa dark chocolate helps combat beauty’s public enemy number one: STRESS Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones that break down your skin’s collagen. Eating two to three ounces a week of dark chocolate will keep the stress away and your skin wrinkles free. Flavonols are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage (good-bye wrinkles) fight free radicals (so long, sun spots) and increase blood flow (hello dewy glow!).
In one study, flavonols in dark chocolate even improved skin hydration and thickness—both super important for young-looking skin.
Strawberries are super fruits, bursting with powerful anti-oxidants and loads of vitamin C that will provide your skin with nourishing nutrients for healthy happy skin. Research shows that people who eat foods rich in vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and age-related skin problems than those who don’t.
Strawberries contain the anti-oxidant Ellagic acid, which prevents collagen destruction—one of the major causes of wrinkle formation. Ellagic acid has a photo-protective effect that works against UV damage by stifling the production of MMP, which are enzymes that contribute in destruction of collagen. This prevents wrinkles from forming on the skin, thereby providing a healthy supple look to your face.
Rich in vitamin C, these fruits can be used to make excellent face masks to fight oily skin, as well as nourish and revitalize your skin. Strawberries are acidic in nature and this is effective to remove the excess sebum on skin.
The juice is very efficient in lightening blemishes and acne scars. Strawberry juice contains Vitamin C and salicylic acid, both proven to reduce dark spots on skin. Simply apply the juice to the dark spots on your skin using a cotton ball and rinse thoroughly afterward.
My favorite of the three Valentine’s Day favorites, Champagne is rich in Resveratrol, an antioxidant that is 20 to 40 times more powerful that Vitamin C or Vitamin E
Resveratrol may be responsible for the “French Paradox,” the concept that French people have a low incidence of heart problems and cancer despite greater consumption of saturated fats and a higher incidence of smoking. SO have lots of Love and Champagne today.
Each sip of champagne is packed with polyphenols to reduce redness and inflammation. Sip on!
Champagne contains tartaric acid, which helps balance out discoloration and can brighten your skin. Whether you sip it or dab it directly on your skin, you'll notice a difference.
SO have lots of Love, Chocolate, Strawberries and Champagne today.