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It’s highly likely that most of you have experienced coffee’s ability to make groggy mornings better…
But did you know that your morning brew can give your skin a natural boost, too?
Perhaps you’ve also come across the other remarkable benefits of a daily brew, such as reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease by up to 65%, reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, colorectal and liver cancer, and even the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
And you’d be forgiven to think the amazing health benefits of coffee are over…
It turns out that coffee is great for another part of the body: Your skin.
These claims stem from the fact that coffee has a high antioxidant capacity and that the caffeine content can help improve circulation.
But how exactly does this translate into a glowing complexion?
Coffee has been widely studied for its anti-inflammatory properties. Its caffeine content, coupled with potent antioxidant substances like polyphenols and hydrocinnamic acids may be responsible for this effect.
And this is great news for those suffering from breakouts, as the antioxidants in coffee can help soothe red and inflamed breakouts.
Even better, coffee is rich in polyphenols, a group of antioxidants also found in foods like berries, tea, chocolate, and wine.
In addition to giving these foods their vibrant and deep colors, these polyphenols work to fight free radicals and slow down the process of aging due to DNA damage.
As a bonus, they have also been shown to help protect against ultraviolet radiation and slow down skin aging caused by heavy exposure to the sun.
Studies ranging from the US to Poland, Spain, France, and Japan report that coffee is the single richest source of dietary antioxidants.
So, enjoy that second coppa without guilt, as long as it’s early in the day so you’re not interfering with your sleep, of course.
And that is not all…
Due to its slightly course nature, coffee–especially finely-ground coffee–makes an excellent exfoliator.
The granules help slough away dead skin cells, and even though research is limited, they have been said to help stimulate lymph drainage and increase blood flow. Both of these are beneficial when it comes to achieving glowing skin and excretion of toxins.
And there is more…
Because as it turns out, coffee may be one of the top contenders in the topical fight against cellulite.
Besides its ability to increase circulation, which can ultimately help smooth the appearance of cellulite, the caffeine in coffee has been tied to a lipolytic effect on fat cells, meaning it essentially breaks down fat.
Studies have shown the effect to be quite substantial, asserting that: “Emulsion with caffeine caused a reduction of 17% in the diameter of the fatty cells compared to the control…“
And emulsion was considered to promote the lipotytic action on fatty tissue, complementing the treatment of cellulite. In other words, applying a topical caffeine solution to the skin caused a decrease in fatty cell size by 17%.
This is also an important factor when it comes to diminishing the appearance of cellulite, as excess fat beneath the skin layer tends to protrude in an uneven manner, leading to cellulite’s rumpled appearance.
The less protruding fat tissue you have, the less chance for unsightly cellulite appearance.
One thing to keep in mind here is that, caffeine can actually enter your body through the skin. So, if you have a sensitivity or high blood pressure, you might want to use a coffee scrub sparingly and check with your doctor.
Not only that…
The antioxidants in coffee can also revive a dull, tired skin by ushering essential nutrients into the pores. Therefore, alongside its ability to increase circulation–thanks to its caffeine content–topical java can quickly brighten your complexion when used in a mask or scrub.
Have you ever had a day where your face seemed a bit puffier than normal, or perhaps one where you’ve woken up with slightly swollen eyes?
Luckily, not only will a cup of brewed java rekindle your spirits, but it could also help reduce the puffiness when applied topically.
This is because caffeine and various other compounds like methylxanthine in coffee have a diuretic effect, which can aid in reducing edema, or swollen tissues due to excess fluid retention.
To top it all…
Caffeine steals the show once again when it comes to minimizing dark circles under the eyes.
Studies have shown that topical applications of caffeine increase the micro-circulation of blood in the skin, effectively pushing along stagnant blood from dark, tired eyes.
However, if you’re going to apply coffee as an eye-opener, you may want to do it in the morning, as caffeine can be absorbed into the skin, possibly affecting sleep.
Clearly, as you can see, the benefits of coffee for your skin are immense…
And are derived mainly from its natural antioxidant and caffeine content.
You’ve no reason not to sport a beautifully radiant skin…
No excuses like citing expensive solutions that are way beyond your means…
Because a tested and proven solution is right in your kitchen cabinet…
Go forth…get that glow sparkling…and rock!
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