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Craving chocolate? How about on your body?

Posted May 19, 2008

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— Do you need a chocolate fix but don’t want to cheat on your diet? WRAL Reporter Kim Dean found a way to indulge without gaining a pound.

Customers at the Iatria Day Spa in Cary can be lathered in chocolate.

“This looks good enough to eat, but it’s a facial treatment?” Dean asked.

“We do incorporate a raspberry yogurt, so it's very smooth and very hydrating for the skin,” said Stacy Hayes with Iatria Spa.

Besides yogurt, dark chocolate is also in the mix. Chocolate has proven benefits as an anti-oxidant, but it can also firm and repair skin, Hayes said.

The spa also features a body scrub infused with chocolate oil and a hydrating chocolate body polish.

The decadent treatments are also gaining popularity at Skin Sense in Brier Creek. There, the sweet stuff is applied under the warmth of heat lamps.

“It's a very decadent treatment. It's very elegant,” said Anna Padgett, with Skin Sense. “One of the things chocolate does is release endorphins, which bring about well-being.”

For those who haven’t gotten their fill, some spas also offer a pumpkin treatment at Halloween time.

Tuesday, on WRAL’s Morning News at 6, Dean looks at home staging. It's a new trend for people trying to sell their homes or people looking to make their homes more comfortable to live in themselves.

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  • HARDWRKR May 19, 2008

    My father used to tell me there is a fool born every minute, and this story certainly proves he knew what he was talking about. Of all the ways to separate a person from their money, this is the sweetest one I have ever heard of.

  • GinkgoPhyta May 19, 2008

    Wow...
    I think I will stick with cocoa in my coffee and the occasional dove dark chocolate...thank you very much. :D

  • Common Sense Man May 19, 2008

    "This seems more like an advertisement than a news story......?"

    I thought the same thing. If I were a competitor I would want my story too.

  • 2headstrong May 19, 2008

    Hmm, and my mom always told me chocolate was BAD for my skin...

  • Rolling Along May 19, 2008

    Sounds like a waste of good chocolate to me. I would also like to see the scientific study on how chocolate applied to the skin causes the release of endorphins...

  • stlrfnatc73 May 19, 2008

    I think this sounds like a great way to get your "chocolate fix" and great skin and well being. News story or not, it is informative in a Health News point of view.

    Some people are just so critical of what should be a news story and what shouldn't. Enjoy the articles as they are written and try not to be so critical.

  • designrrrr May 19, 2008

    I have gotten the Chocolate Contour treatment at Skin Sense and it is amazing! Definately worth it - and not calories!

  • hooptie1964 May 19, 2008

    This seems more like an advertisement than a news story......?

  • CestLaVie May 19, 2008

    I think I'd rather eat my chocolate; probably much, much cheaper, too.