On the ever-changing list of curatives said to smooth fine lines and revitalise tired skin, chocolate is not a cosmetic remedy often cited by skincare brands.
Indeed, a sticky application of Cadbury’s over dark circles is unlikely to do much by way of lending vibrancy to your visage.
However, recent research conducted by Korean dermatologists at Seoul National University has found that, when ingested in its purest form, a little choc treatment can undo years of epidermic damage.
In a trial where participants consumed 12g of phenol-rich cacao a day, the substance was found to reverse the harm done to skin by ultraviolet radiation, known as photo ageing.
Over the course of 24 weeks, they recorded a three per cent increase in skin elasticity, while the depth of study subjects’ wrinkles also decreased slightly.