5 Surprising Ways Coffee Is Good for Your Skin
We love coffee. Chances are, you do as well.
We often discuss the internal benefits of coffee for your heart and brain.
But did you know coffee can be great for your skin?
Yes, it’s true. Coffee lovers can now celebrate as we unfold some of the top benefits for your skin!
- Look younger - Free radicals from pollution and toxins in our world can damage our bodies, showing up on the skin as premature aging. However, we can help combat this damage by boosting our diets with antioxidants that help protect our skin. Coffee is a huge part of this boost, as it is the number one source of antioxidants through its polyphenols. In fact, research has shown that coffee bean extracts can aid skin cell preservation and anti-aging in general due to its free-radical properties which help prevent UV damage. Go ahead and enjoy another cup!
- Reduces inflammation and puffiness - Coffee has been extensively studied for its anti-inflammatory properties, which is great news for those suffering from angry, red breakouts! Research shows that the antioxidants in coffee can help reduce the inflammatory effect of skin breakouts. The chlorogenic acid in coffee is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, thereby making its use a great choice for combating acne to boot. Coffee’s caffeine and other compounds have a diuretic effect in the skin, which aids in reducing edema, or swelling due to excess fluid retention. This is a key to reducing puffiness on the face with a coffee mask. (See DIY recipe below!)
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite - Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee may reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. The Coffee achieves this benefit by encouraging lymph drainage and dilating blood vessels beneath the skin which improves blood flow. These effects may decrease the appearance of cellulite. This skincare enhancement is often seen in topical coffee scrubs with the added benefit of exfoliation for a more even skin appearance. (See our do-it-yourself recipe below!)
- Minimizes dark circles - Coffee may help reduce dark circles under the eyes due to its caffeine content. Studies have shown that topically applied, caffeine helps to dilate blood vessels that contribute to dark circles. The application can aid waking up puffy, tired eyes. If you choose to use coffee in this way, keep in mind, however, that caffeine can be absorbed into circulation through the skin, potentially affecting sleep, so reserve this use to mornings. You can make a simple eye product by mixing cooled coffee grounds with a bit of unrefined coconut oil or organic olive oil and gently applying under the eyes for a few minutes before rinsing off.
- Reduces risk of skin cancers - Coffee drinkers may have a lower risk of nonmelanoma skin cancer. The caffeine in coffee may stop DNA cell damage by inhibiting the enzymes that contribute to cell damage which can also lead to cancerous tumors. Caffeine from coffee not only halts cell damage, but it encourages cell repair, which is a huge factor in skin cancer prevention. Coffee is a rich source of niacin (B3) which may be helpful in preventing nonmelanoma skin cancers and other skin growths.
DIY Coffee Scrub
- ½ cup cooled, brewed coffee grounds (make sure you’re using toxin/mold free, organic coffee like Cardiology coffee)
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon or raw cacao powder
- ¼ cup raw, organic honey
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Using a spatula, transfer to a glass jar for storage. To apply, wet your skin and apply the coffee paste from your feet up. Use circular movements to exfoliate and spend more time on areas where there is cellulite or stretch marks. Let scrub sit for 7-10 minutes before rinsing off. Only exfoliate at most 3 times a week to prevent irritation.
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