7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For Your Skin
If you're like a lot of coffee lovers, you look forward to that morning pick-me-up. You know that drinking coffee has health benefits, but what does coffee do for your skin when applied topically?
Read on to see how coffee can help you get beautiful, glowing skin.
1. Coffee grounds are great for exfoliation
If you're already a fan of coffee and haven't yet used it as an exfoliant, get ready to love that little bean a lot more.
Coffee grounds make for a wonderful exfoliant since the grounds don't dissolve in water, and can gently scrub away dead skin and dirt. When combined with other hydrating and nourishing ingredients, it can be a real treat for the whole body.
JUARA Invigorating Coffee Scrub brings together Sumatran coffee beans, coconut, and rice protein for an invigorating and skin-smoothing treatment. Let's take a look at what these ingredients do for the skin.
The Sumatran coffee bean, native to Indonesia, has made its mark all over the world. Folks have used these coffee grounds for centuries to treat dry skin and help improve elasticity. In this JUARA scrub, the coffee acts as an exfoliant and stimulates circulation in the skin.
Coconut is another staple in Indonesian beauty rituals. It's rich in vitamins E and A and packed with fatty acids that keep skin moisturized. These healthy fats also have antimicrobial properties that protect the skin from harmful bacteria.
The rice protein in this recipe has bountiful amino acids that are beneficial to skin and hair. Rice helps maintain skin elasticity and promotes cell regeneration, so that skin looks more youthful.
The combined antioxidant properties of these ingredients also protect skin from free radicals and all the photo damage that comes along with it.
The Invigorating Coffee Scrub will transform shower time into a luxurious spa-like retreat, with an inviting aroma and the ability to deeply cleanse and nourish the skin, there's not much more to ask for.
Make sure to mix the liquid and coffee grounds together before you massage the mixture on your skin in the shower or bath. Pay extra attention to those dry problem areas or just smooth it all over. Then simply rinse off, pat dry, and follow up with your favorite JUARA moisturizer.
2. Coffee benefits skin at every life stage - combatting both acne and premature aging
When applied to the skin, coffee may minimize the appearance of sunspots and fine lines, while also reducing redness and inflammation.
The Chlorogenic Acids (CGAs) in coffee are the main source of its antioxidant-powered health benefits. This powerful compound, which is the ester of caffeic acid polyphenols, fights free-radical damage to the skin.
Along with caffeine, these CGAs contribute to the rejuvenating effect of coffee, whether you're having a half cup of coffee to help wake you up or using spent coffee grounds in a DIY scrub.
Coffee not only has anti-inflammatory properties but antibacterial properties as well. Add to that the exfoliating ability of coffee grounds, and you have a great ingredient for fighting acne.
As the years go by, the antioxidants in coffee offer continued benefits. They help minimize the signs of photoaging, like wrinkles and discoloration.
JUARA Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment is a skin care remedy for a whole host of issues, and brings about brighter, tighter, more hydrated skin. The botanical blend boasts the antioxidant benefits of coffee, nourishing avocado, and raw shea butter to smooth out the skin's surface.
As we age, the area around the eye is particularly vulnerable and requires delicate care. The anti-inflammatory benefits of coffee come in especially handy here. With coffee as a key ingredient to reduce puffiness, you'll notice more calm and balanced skin after application.
You'll give yourself an instant beauty boost anywhere you use the Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment. It's like a morning cup of coffee for your body - and with a body polishing effect too. The stimulating effects of caffeine boost blood circulation and promote healthier skin.
It also contains bentonite clay, ginger, red sea algae, as well as rice bran, and candlenut oils. All the skin-loving ingredients in this lightweight formula combine to strengthen your skin and make it more radiant.
3. A coffee treatment can help with wound-healing
Coffee brings about various benefits - both in terms of skin health and other health conditions. Whether you drink coffee or use those spent coffee grounds in a homemade scrub, you will likely benefit from the nutrients and antioxidants such as the polyphenols and flavonoids that help fight against sun damage and free radicals.
Of course, as with most things, moderation is key when it comes to your well-being.
Too much coffee can have a negative impact on your health if you're not getting enough sleep, or dealing with high stress levels. And getting your coffee beans or coffee-based products from high-quality sources helps, too.
That said, let's look at some more skincare benefits of coffee.
The Chlorogenic Acids (CGAs) mentioned above may also help with wound-healing, in part due to the anti-inflammatory effects. This may help address the symptoms of skin problems like eczema, acne, and psoriasis.
Also, when it comes to wounds or skin infections, coffee could potentially protect the skin against some harmful bacteria. Coffee grounds may fight some skin infections given the antimicrobial properties of CGA and caffeine. In a study published by the International Journal of Food Properties, both coffee and tea were shown to inhibit bacteria to a variable extent.
This is not meant to serve as medical advice, and if you do have a skin infection, you should seek the advice of a dermatologist or other skincare professional. However, it is nice knowing that coffee possesses this potential.
Coffee is also abundant in linoleic acid, which has a pivotal role in maintaining the skin barrier. A healthy skin barrier ensures sufficient skin hydration and helps protect against unwanted environmental toxins.
That's a good thing when you're hoping to help your skin heal itself.
4. Diminish dark circles & calm puffy eyes
We already alluded to some ways coffee can improve the look and feel of that sensitive under-eye area.
Not only can coffee reduce inflammation, but coffee-based products may also be able to address those dark circles under the eyes. The caffeine in coffee can help constrict the blood vessels and reduce discoloration in the skin that contributes to dark circles.
This is a temporary remedy and may not alter the situation if the under-eye bags or circles are due to genetics.
However, coffee applied topically may benefit those with puffy eyes and discoloration due to lack of sleep or other transitory factors. You can use creams with caffeine, or try a recipe of your own.
Here's one way you can use coffee for those under-eye circles or bags:
Mix together ½ tsp of coffee grounds and ½ tsp of olive oil. Add a few drops of water to make a paste. Gently pat the mixture under your eyes with your ring fingers. Avoid rubbing or pressing too hard.
You can leave that paste on for ten minutes, and then rinse it off with warm water, carefully wiping away the remaining grounds with a soft washcloth.
For this recipe, you can use spent coffee grounds, or freshly ground coffee.
5. Protection prior to sun exposure and relief after the rays
As we've mentioned many times already, coffee contains antioxidants. Antioxidants such as polyphenols can provide some protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. This skin photoprotection means a reduction in signs of premature aging and sun damage in general.
There are convincing findings from peer-reviewed studies to support this notion.
One study conducted with middle-aged women in Japan found that participants with high polyphenol consumption from coffee showed the fewest facial pigmented spots. There was a statistically significant correlation towards a decrease in pigmented spot scores in the group that consumed coffee.
Researchers concluded that coffee can help protect skin from photoaging, and specifically that polyphenols, including chlorogenic acids, lead to a decrease in hyperpigmentation of those spots.
Coffee has been shown to have UVB protection properties. Caffeine may inhibit the DNA damage response, thereby protecting the skin against the harmful effects of UVB rays.
Coffee oil is able to filter light within certain wavelengths, which allows the skin to tan while still protecting against some signs of aging linked to sun exposure.
There is a compound called trigonelline in coffee that breaks down into niacin after the beans have been roasted. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, niacin could be useful in preventing non-melanoma skin cancers and minimizing the possibility of other skin growths.
While coffee drinkers might be less likely to develop skin cancer (specifically melanoma), it's certainly no substitute for sunscreen. You should always apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading outdoors, and not count on caffeine to shield you from sun damage.
Some of these benefits from coffee come into play for post-sun skin relief as well.
Here's a soothing coffee-based treatment for skin that's been overexposed.
Dilute a cup of coffee with one cup of cold water. Dip a washcloth in it and apply it to the affected areas a few times a day.
This should help reduce redness and swelling, thanks to coffee's antioxidants, including phenols that fight the free radicals that so often lead to skin damage.
6. Cellulite reduction
A lot of us love dimples, but as they say in real estate circles, it's all about location. The dimples and lumpy skin that we often see on our thighs, hips, abdomen, and elsewhere is not necessarily a health concern, but can still cause frustration.
Cellulite can be the result of enlarged fat cells due to weight gain. The connective tissue right under the skin creates a dimpling effect, which is what you can see on the surface.
Unfortunately, this dimpling effect slows circulation and can lower the metabolic rate, actually leading to additional water retention and inflammation.
Since estrogen encourages fat storage in certain centers of the body, women seem to be more prone to developing cellulite. However, we're not helpless when it comes to dealing with this pain in the literal derrière.
Caffeine can stimulate the enzymes that break down fats, temporarily dehydrating fat cells and creating a smoother surface in the short term. It also increases our metabolic rate and blood circulation, which may improve the situation.
Using an exfoliating coffee scrub could deliver some of these health benefits and the exfoliation will stimulate blood flow and smooth your skin, resulting in a more even appearance.
Here's one skin-smoothing DIY scrub:
Combine 1 cup coffee grounds, 1 cup dead sea salt, 1/2 cup coconut oil (or jojoba oil), and 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil. Massage this mixture onto your skin once or twice a week when you're in the shower. Remember to be gentle, as the coffee grounds are already doing the work.
Do this at the beginning of your shower, and just make sure it's all rinsed off at the end.
7. Stimulate the scalp for full, shiny hair
If we're talking health from head to toe, we'd be remiss not to mention our scalp and hair.
As you may remember from studying acids and bases back in science class, the acidity of a substance is measured using the pH scale. A pH under 7.0 is deemed acidic, while a pH value above 7.0 is considered alkaline. Hair fibers have a pH of 3.67 and the scalp has a pH of 5.5.
Hair products with a higher pH than the hair fibers or scalp can potentially cause dullness and damage. So here's where coffee comes in. Since coffee is acidic, applying it to our hair can rebalance pH levels and send you off with more luscious locks.
Massaging coffee grounds into your scalp can slough off dead skin cells and rebalance pH levels as well.
Alternatively, pour several cups of cooled coffee over your hair and cover it with a shower cap for 30 minutes before rinsing it out. Try this a couple times a week to see if it works for you. Worst-case scenario, you'll have strangers wanting to sniff your hair.
Who knew a cold brew could do so much?
Here's a video from board-certified dermatologist and skincare expert Dr. Andrea Suarez on the benefits of coffee - its caffeine, polyphenols, and more.
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