Special Report: Tasty treatments
It's decadent and delicious, and now chocolate is becoming a sweet treat for your skin. Many spas are now using the sugary stuff in their treatments, and are getting some tasty results.
One popular way is the chocolate wrap, designed to indulge the body.
At the Seaport Hotel, the masseuse first exfoliates the skin with a special brush.
"We wipe the dead cell away and then we moisturize with our special product, the chocolate vanilla preparation," says Re Leigh of the Seaport Hotel. "The antioxidants work to pentrate and heal cover with more treatment. Letting it absorb in really helps to protect the skin for an unknown particular time ."
Using chocolate in beauty products is gaining popularity. Many say it has anti-aging properties that can benefit the skin.
Hershey is known for its chocolate, and at the Spa at Hotel Hershey, they use cocoa in many of their tasty treatments.
While some studies suggest health benefits from eating chocolate, some experts say it's impossible to know what benefits there are when it comes to actually rubbing it on the skin.
"The dark chocolate probably has antioxidant capabilities, so theoretically, if you eat it, it probably has some beneficial effects because antioxidants are good to prevent inflammatory damage in your body and in your skin," Dr. Jeffrey Dover of SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill says.
But Dr. Dover says he's not convinced that slathering sweets on the skin will make a difference. So whether your looking to indulge your sweet tooth, or to get smooth creamy skin, the calorie-conscious choice is yours.
"I think the best answer is, I'd probably spend my money on good chocolate and eat it, and not put it on my skin," Dr. Dover says.(Copyright (c) 2006 Sunbeam Television Corp. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)