The science of how cacao bioactives can slow down skin-ageing

Do your clients avoid chocolate? They don't need to. Real chocolate is skin-rejuvenating and UV-protective. 

Commercial chocolate ( I won't name brands but you have seen them at the supermarket) which has barely any real cacao in it and is diluted with milk and refined sugar is NOT the skin-friendly option but unrefined and raw cacao is a powerful skin superfood.

🍫 Cacao versus Chocolate

Raw cacao powder is made by grinding the whole fermented (unroasted) cacao beans.Commercial cocoa powder however has gone though an alkalising process called ‘dutching’ which destroys some of the nutrients & antioxidants.

Cacao can be up to 10% its own weight in Flavonoids, including the flavanols: Catechin, Epicatechin, Luteolin and Proanthocyanins. These phytochemicals inhibit inflammation and oxidation
  In vivo human skin studies have also shown the strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, photoprotective and chemopreventative effects of cocoa, after oral consumption  
Nutrients. 2014

Why take this Cacao Bioactives for Skin Health class?

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⚡ Functional beauty foods and skin superfoods are a HUGE area of growing science. And what better place to start than with chocolate

⚡ Many practitioners don't move with the times so you can stay ahead of your competition by implementing these new skin-health solutions in your clinic.

⚡ Your clients deserve (and will pay for) the best treatments and advice to help them get gorgeous, healthy, youthful skin and prevent sun-ageing. And who wouldn't keep coming back to the clinic that advises chocolate as skin-medicine? 🍫

By the end of this class your clients will be in love with you for 'prescribing' them delicious chocolate

Cacao polyphenols are strong antioxidants and have the potential to inhibit lipid peroxidation and can neutralise ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species)

Cocoa has great potential not only for the treatments of skin diseases, but also for their prevention.

Cacao procyanidins inhibit the expression of MMPs (Matrix Metalloproteases) which breakdown collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid

Topics covered in this class

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🍫 Food of the gods?

  • You'll learn about Theobroma cacao (the chocolate tree) and it's powerful pods
  • You'll understand the chemical makeup of the cacao bean
  • You'll know how cacao beans are treated.

🍫 From Cacao to Cocoa

  • You'll learn what 'dutching' is and how it makes all commercial chocolate nutritionally inferior to the raw ingredient
  • You learn exactly how much of the powerful skin-rejuvenating flavanols are destroyed during chocolate processing (yes even organic dark chocolate)

🍫 Cacao: food ingredients and nutrition

  • You'll see the different products that are extracted and eaten from the cacao bean
  • You'll learn about the 5 important skin-minerals that are in cacao
  • And you'll get an overview of the macronutrient and fibre breakdown in cacao powder

🍫 Skin rejuvenating cacao flavanols

You'll explore how the polyphenols in cacao have an impact on skin-health;
  • How they protect the skin from sun damage
  • How they can even reverse sun sun damage
  • How they can protect dermal proteins (ie collagen) from degradation
  • And how they reduce 'inflammaging'

🍫 Bonus topic: cacao = mood food

  • Learn how 4 phytochemicals have an impact on blissful feels and why that is good for skin-health


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Why study with us?

This class has been created to further your advance your knowledge and grow your skin-health career.
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Every course we teach - from mini-classes to our 1-year diploma - is based on peer-reviewed research.

Fully referenced

You get access to the full citation list so you can fact-check the science with confidence.

Industry specific

This isn't any nutrition class this Dietary Suns creen class has been specifically developed for professionals and practitioners in the skin sciences or nutritional sciences.

Epic student support

No matter what class you take with us, you're always treated as a valued student and you get lifetime access to our student portal for social networking, study groups and learning support.

Growing science library

Inside our dedicated student portal there is an area called 'best resources' where you'll find a growing library of science research papers free to download.

Social networking

No more Facebook groups! We have our very own social networking site built right inside the student portal allowing you to make friends and 'study buddies'. 

Discussion groups

Every course has a dedicated discussion group so you can ask questions, post up ideas and thoughts, get feedback and interact with your fellow students on the same course.

Certificate of Attendance

We want you to have proof of your studies so you can share it on your social channels and Linked in certifications area. You've earned it!
This class is perfect for...
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Estheticians and Facialists

You see sun-damage in your client's skins every day and now you can help them reverse that damage and prevent future damage
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Natural Skincare Professionals

This class will help you understand photoprotective phytochemicals that can be used inside (diet and outside (skincare products) giving you the edge in business
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MediSpa & Dermatologists

This class is an ideal introduction to functional nutricosmetic foods and phytochemicals as a valid part of your clinical toolkit for skin rejuvenation
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Functional Nutritionists & Health Coaches

If you're fascinated with skin-health and want to use evidence-based functional beauty foods with your clients there's no better place to start than with a class on dietary protection against sun damage and ageing.
Meet your teacher

Star Khechara

Skincare formulator and beauty author turned skin-nutrition researcher, Star distilled her 20+ years of skin-health knowledge into the world’s first international accredited school to educate estheticians, dermatologists and allied skin-health practitioners in the emerging science of skin-nutrition, integrative skin health and nutridermatology®
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 During my work as a skincare formulator I noticed that so many cosmetic ingredients were foods or food extracts, I realised that the power to beautify, treat and rejuvenate the skin was in diet, nutrition and food...not skincare products  
Patrick Jones - Course author

Frequently asked questions

Do I get instant access?

YES! As soon as pay the $9 you'll have instant access to the class and all of the class materials.

  • Video lesson
  • Class notes
  • Lesson quiz
  • Certificate of Attendance 

Is it accredited?

As a school we are proud to be accredited by IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine) and the IGCT (International Guild of Complementary Therapists) the which means a 3rd-party organisation has reviewed our course materials and verified them as being of a suitable standard for a practitioner.

As a graduate YOU will be eligible  to join IPHM and IGCT and be listed on their register And you’ll have access to deals on your professional indemnity insurance.

Star Khechara is also an active member of the Plant-Based Health Professionals

How long will it take to finish the class? 

This short class will take you about 30 minutes to complete

Do you offer team discounts?

We can offer substantial discounts on group enrolments (especially when there are more than 10 participants). 
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Can I license this class for my team of staff?

We can offer a non-exclusive licensing for this class, please contact us at

What happens after I've paid?

Once you've enrolled you'll be prompted to create your login and password so you can access our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Once inside you can move around the portal and access everything you need:
  • There's a course area where your courses will be
  • There's a community area for discussion groups and friendship
  • There's a 'best resources' area for all of your saved notes and access to our science library
  • There's a 'start' page which has our orientation video to help you navigate around the website and use all of the facilities. 

Is this class suitable for me?

This class is aimed at professionals and practitioners in these fields:
  • Estheticians
  • Dermatologists
  • MediSpa staff
  • Skin Therapists
  • Skincare formulators
  • Beauty therapists and facialists
  • Health coaches
  • Functional food and nutrition practitioners

Will I get a certificate?

Yes,. you will be able to download a personalised Certificate of Attendance when you finish the class and the class quiz.
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