Would you ever use chocolate in your beauty routine?

| 1/25/2010 2:27:25 PM

GinaOne of the newest people that I follow on Twitter is Michelle Phan. (Follow her on Twitter @RiceBunny.) She creates a series of how-to beauty videos. One of my favorite videos she has created is her recreation of one of Lady Gaga's looks in her music video "Bad Romance." Her latest video? Create kissable cheeks with hot chocolate. (Visit her YouTube channel.) This video, although one of her more simple compilation of instructions, poses an interesting question: Would you ever use chocolate in your daily beauty routine?  

In our January 2009 issue we published an article about chocolate spa treatments. Did you know that chocolate is good for your skin? Recent studies have discovered that chocolate can contain more antioxidants per cup than red wine or green tea. Janice Cox, author of EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends, recommends choosing commercial products or recipes with chocolate, cocoa and cocoa butter as the main ingredients. Also, dark chocolate seems to be much more effective than milk chocolate or white chocolate. (In The News: Dark Chocolate for Health.

Now it's up to you. Is this bogus or would you color your cheeks with hot chocolate? Where do you draw the line on chocolate indulgences?

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Check out these chocolate spa recipes from our January 2009 issue:

• Mocha Facial Mask
• Chocolate Walnut Body Polish
• Chocolate Lip Balm
• Hot Cocoa Bath
• Cocoa Butter Cuticle Cream
• Cocoa Mint Foot Scrub
• Chocolate Massage Butter