I am fascinated with Organic Raw Cacao ever since I have been using it in my facials and see my beautiful clients GLOW!
Theobroma Cacao is its genus name and means "food of the gods" The internal medicinal benefits seem to be just as riveting as the topical benefits. It is a fruit and yields 20-30 seeds/beans per pod. It's history dates back to 1900-900 BC and evidence of cacao was found in ceramic vessels found off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico. It is considered medicine and has the highest dose of anti- oxidants on the ORAC ( this measures daily doses allowed ) Its higher than blueberries by a lot!
I want to write about the superpowers of this anti-oxidant powerhouse. Cacao helps protect cells from oxidation and aging. Oxidation is a process in which chemical substances change because of the loss of electrons due to being oxidized. Think of fruit and how it changes when its left out too long OR the rusting of metal. Our skin has similar reactions. In skin care we call it free radical damage and it is caused by many things. What happens in free radical damage is our cells which are normally stable get an electron taken from their outer shell from environmental conditions like sunburn and pollution etc. This causes the cell to act erratic and causes a chain reaction damaging other cells around it. The reason I am explaining this is because skincare is created to support the skin cells in this battle . Cacao has iron, selenium, manganese, omega 6 fatty acids, and vitamin C.
Cacao improves vascular health triggering nutrient delivery and supports the skins natural healing ability. Its a potent anti- inflammatory. Inflammation is our bodies protection from damage, but chronic inflammation isn't good. It's taxing on the cells and weakens them, making it hard for them to function with integrity. Calming and treating inflamed skin with Cacao helps deliver healing nutrients to the skin. I also specialize in Nutritional Therapy with a focus on acne and stress which is super helpful when dealing with inflammation. Cacao protects and blocks harmful free radicals. I never knew going into the skincare industry would be so fascinating and allow me to continually learn especially about plants! I use a few different organic luxury Cacao products in my facials and everyone experiences the magic of cacao. It is good for all skin types in my facial. People always ask me if I would ever make my own products. I always say NO, I leave it to the experts like Dr.Alkaitis and Josh Rosebrook the TOP leaders in Organic Skincare. After my short schooling (6 months) attending the Cinta Aveda Institute I was super lucky to join the Esthetician team at International Orange in SF which I worked for 8 years previous as a massage therapist. I consider those estheticians the Black ops of Skincare and I mean that as the highest compliment. In EVERY SINGLE facial I perform I see glowing skin, resonating life and beauty and health after. Its like a miracle happens with Cacao, I do a little magic to it and add crazy ingredients like asparagus and brussels sprouts and adaptogens to name a FEW organic ingredients. I am so thrilled to have found the medicine of cacao and look forward to finding more ways internally to celebrate its magic. Come get a facial!!!! Its amazing!
Be kind to yourself,