15 Amazing Homemade Chocolate Face Masks For Flawless Skin

Get glowing and healthy skin by including chocolate in your skin care routine.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Priya Gill, MBBCH, MRCP
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

As a treat, a gift, or something to console during your mood swings or bad days, chocolate is that comfort food that solves everything, maybe even your skin issues. Yes, chocolate face packs can help you attain that flawless skin you always wanted. Do not be surprised; it is true!

But how does chocolate help your skin? Is it safe to apply it to your face? Let us find that out here. In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about using chocolate on your face and a detailed guide to preparing chocolate face masks. Keep reading!

How Does Chocolate Benefit Your Skin?

Chocolates, especially dark chocolates, have immense health benefits. And they give you healthy, glowing, and flawless skin. Here’s how.

  1. Dark chocolate contains catechins, polyphenols, and flavanols. These organic compounds make it a powerful antioxidant. Dark chocolates are made from cacao seed extracts that are considered super fruits in terms of antioxidant capacity. A study shows that dark cocoa chocolates contain more flavanols, polyphenols, and other antioxidants than any other fruits (1).
  1. It protects your skin from sun damage. The flavonols present in chocolate not only protect your skin from the harmful UV rays but also improve the hydration levels of your skin and boost blood flow (2).
  1. Dark chocolate helps you fight stress. Stress is one of the main causes of collagen breakdown and wrinkles. A study has found that cocoa could help reduce the levels of stress hormones (3).
  1. Cacao extracts can also help manage the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. A study involving mice conducted by researchers from Seoul National University and the University of Massachusetts found that the polyphenols found in cacao extracts could decrease inflammation and soothe other allergic symptoms related to the skin condition (4).

Now that you know what chocolate can do to your skin, let’s explore some DIY chocolate face masks that you can easily try at home.

15 Must-Try DIY Chocolate Face Packs

1. Lush Chocolate Face Mask For Oily And Acne-Prone Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened, the one used for baking)
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon honey (organic)
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a bowl and mix the cocoa powder, honey, and cinnamon.
  2. Make a paste. If the paste is too thick, add more honey.
  3. Apply it to your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Chocolate and honey possess antioxidant properties that kill the acne-causing bacteria without drying your skin. They also keep your skin soft and supple.

2. Dark Chocolate Face Mask 

You Will Need
  • 2 bars dark chocolate (use the ones with at least 70% cocoa)
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Melt the chocolate bar in a bowl.
  2. Add the salt, sugar, and milk to it and mix well.
  3. Allow it to cool and then apply to your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Rich in antioxidants, this chocolate face mask nourishes your skin and protects it from harmful free radicals.

3. Chocolate And Clay Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons clay (Fuller’s earth)
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  2. Apply the mixture on your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash with cold water.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Lemon juice and yogurt brighten your skin and unclog the pores. Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants, and along with coconut oil and clay, it rejuvenates your skin.

Stylecraze Trivia
Fuller’s earth is a clay-like substance with magnesium silicate. It gets its name from a wool refinery worker or ‘fuller’ who uses this substance to remove excess oil and dirt from the wool.

4. Chocolate Face Mask With Cocoa Powder And Heavy Cream 

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the cocoa powder with heavy cream and make a paste.
  2. Clean your face thoroughly and apply the face mask.
  3. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

This is an incredibly nourishing and hydrating face mask and suits all skin types. It calms the skin, makes it soft and plump, and also smoothens it.

5. Toning Chocolate Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • Melted chocolate (50 gm)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberry
  • 1 cup watermelon
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend the fruits and add chocolate to it.
  2. Apply the face mask and leave it on for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Wash with warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

This mixed fruit toning face mask is extremely hydrating. It moisturizes your skin and makes it healthier. This face mask is especially beneficial during summers as it has a very calming effect on the skin.

StyleCraze Says
Melt your chocolate in two easy ways. One, you can melt the chocolate in a boiler over a bowl of hot water. The steam will melt the chocolate quickly. Two, you can cut the chocolate into small cubes and melt them in the microwave in two bursts of 15 seconds each.

6. Homemade Chocolate Face Mask For Dull Skin

You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 4 tablespoons coffee powder
  • 8 tablespoons heavy cream (you may use almond milk, yogurt, or coconut milk)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Apply the pack on your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

This face pack not only nourishes your skin but also gently exfoliates it. The coconut oil keeps it hydrated, the dairy product moisturizes it, and the cocoa powder soothes your skin as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Chocolate Peel Off Mask

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You Will Need
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply it all over your face and neck.
  3. Let it dry.
  4. Gently peel it off. You can also massage with water to rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

Cocoa and sugar remove all the dead skin cells from your face and unclog the pores. Honey kills bacteria and moisturizes your skin.

8. Chocolate Banana Face Pack For Glowing Skin

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Make a thick paste and apply it on your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on to dry.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Cocoa powder contains antioxidants, and along with the banana, it moisturizes your skin and maintains its elasticity. Honey is an excellent antibacterial while yogurt tones your skin and brightens it up.

9. Chocolate Rejuvenating Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cream (heavy or sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Combine all the ingredients until you get a thick paste-like consistency
  2. Gently massage the face pack on your skin.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Cocoa powder contains antioxidants that rejuvenate your skin. Honey is an excellent antibacterial that thoroughly cleanses your skin and opens the clogged pores. The cream moisturizes your skin.

10. Chocolate And Oatmeal Face Pack For Dry Skin

You Will Need
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Use your fingertips to apply the mask all over your face and neck gently.
  3. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

The oatmeal sloughs off all the dead skin cells from your skin’s surface while the other ingredients keep your skin soft, supple, and moisturized. Your skin will brighten up and feel relaxed after a tiring day.

11. Hydrating Chocolate Face Mask

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You Will Need
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil (unrefined)
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the face pack evenly on your face and neck.
  3. Let it dry for 20 minutes.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

This hydrating face pack nourishes the skin and hydrates it. It prevents dryness and reduces the roughness of your skin to a great extent.

12. Cocoa Beauty Treatment Mask

You Will Need
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 vitamin E capsules
What You Have To Do
  1. Pierce the vitamin E capsules and extract the liquid.
  2. Mix all the ingredients and blend well.
  3. Apply the pack on your face and neck.
  4. Leave it on to dry and then wash off.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Cocoa powder is a powerhouse of minerals and antioxidants. And along with vitamin E, it prevents skin damage and repairs it. This face pack gives your skin a firmer appearance.

13. Chocolate Avocado Face Mask For Wrinkles

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • ¼ ripe and mashed avocado
  • 2 teaspoons coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons olive or sesame oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Add cocoa powder and other ingredients to the mashed avocado.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Apply all over your face and neck.
  4. Let it dry and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once a week.

Why This Works

The flavonoids in cocoa powder fight the harmful free radicals. Apart from that, the vitamins and fatty acids present in avocado, coconut milk, and olive/sesame oil guard your skin against moisture loss and make it soft.

14. Chocolate And Green Tea Face Mask

You Will Need
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil the green tea bag and extract the liquid. Allow it to cool.
  2. Add all the ingredients to the green tea extract and mix well.
  3. Apply the face pack and leave it to dry.
  4. Wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Both green tea and cocoa powder contain antioxidants. This is an excellent anti-aging face mask that reduces signs of aging and gives you younger looking skin. Honey and yogurt also help in reducing dark spots.

15. Chocolate, Gram Flour, And Lemon Face Mask For Bright Skin

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour (besan)
  • 1 teaspoon yogurt
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ lemon
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the gram flour, yogurt and cocoa powder to a bowl and squeeze half a lemon into it.
  2. Mix well and apply the face mask.
  3. Let it dry for about 30 minutes and then wash it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Gram flour and lemon cleanse your skin and reduce dark spots, giving you even skin tone. Yogurt helps in reducing age spots and wrinkles and brightens your skin.

Before you apply any of these chocolate face masks, you need to consider a few things:

Precautions to be Taken Before Applying Chocolate Masks

  • Before applying a face pack, always cleanse your face and remove all traces of dirt and impurities.
  • Never let the face pack dry completely. Remove it when it is semi-dry. In case the face pack has dried completely, dab some water and wait for a few minutes before removing it. If it is completely dry, you need to rub hard to remove it, which isn’t good for your skin.
  • While removing the chocolate mask, always massage the skin in a circular motion.
  • Be careful while applying a face pack near the eye area. Never apply it too near to the eyes as the skin there is too delicate.

Including chocolate face packs in your skin care regimen will help you get flawless skin. The antioxidants in dark chocolate benefit the skin in multiple ways. They protect the skin from sun damage and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. In addition, the extracts of cocoa can combat the symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

To prepare these face packs, you can mix cocoa powder with cinnamon, honey, milk, sea salt, lemon juice, coconut oil, watermelon, banana, or strawberry. Try to include these face packs in your skin care regimen to reap the amazing benefits of chocolate!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is chocolate good for skin brightening?

Yes. Chocolate contains flavonoids that nourish the skin from within and reduce blemishes to give glowing, clear skin.

Does chocolate cause acne?

No. There is no clear scientific evidence stating that chocolate causes acne. But anecdotal evidence suggests that there might be a link between the two.

Is a chocolate facial good for sensitive skin?

Yes. Chocolate has flavonoids and antioxidant and anti-aging properties that help keep your sensitive skin healthy and glowing.

Can I use a chocolate face mask daily?

No. It is advisable to use a chocolate face mask once or twice a week to reap maximum benefits.

Do dark chocolate face masks clear skin?

Yes. Dark chocolate face masks protect your skin from free radical damage and eliminate dead cells for clearer skin.

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Dr. Priya Gill

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