A cup of Joe is one of the most preferred drinks around the world. Not only does it help to boost one’s energy levels but the stimulant in it helps to keep one awake. But why is coffee loved by so many people? For starters, it has a strong flavor and unique aroma. Secondly, it has so many health benefits such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, liver disease and type 2 diabetes. Apart from that, it can help to improve cognitive function and lower the risk of depression.
Did you know coffee – grounds and drink – have amazing benefits on your skin?
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As you already know, the skin is the largest organ on the body. It has a total surface area of 20 square feet. There are three layers namely epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Let’s begin with the hypodermis. It is the deeper subcutaneous layer that is composed of connective tissue and fat. The dermis is found above the hypodermis and below the epidermis. It contains hair follicles, connective tissue and sweat glands. Finally, you have the top layer – epidermis. As the outermost layer, not only does it create your skin tone but acts as a waterproof barrier.
During growth, new skin cells replace the old skin cells. As time goes by, the layer of dead skin cells starts to accumulate on the surface finally blocking your skin pores. If this happens, it will result in several problems such as the blockage of skin pores.
When you make coffee scrub using salt, sugar and coffee ground, it will help to exfoliate your skin. Just apply the skin scrub in a gentle circular motion.
Fight premature skin aging
Exposing your skin to the sun for a long period of time has a profound effect. As you probably know, UVA rays penetrate deeper in the skin. Since they are referred to as aging rays, in high doses, they can darken and accelerate the skin aging process. This occurs when the underlying collagen is damaged thus making your skin to appear dry, wrinkled and leathery. It is common to see your skin having dark patches too.
Other factors that may promote pre-mature skin aging include stress, smoking and lack of a good night sleep. When you take a cup of Joe which is loaded with anti oxidants, it helps to fight premature aging, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
Anti oxidants are able to achieve this feat by fighting free radicals. In addition, caffeine helps to tighten your skin by reducing cellulite.
Caffeine not only contains anti oxidants but also anti inflammatory properties. When your immune system detects something foreign in the body, it releases anti bodies in order to exterminate the foreign bodies. Examples of foreign bodies include pollen, chemicals and microbes. When this happens, inflammation is triggered. Inflammation is your enemy. It can leave you vulnerable to many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, cancer and arthritis among others.
As said earlier, caffeine contains anti inflammatory properties. When consumed, it helps to fight inflammation thus protecting you from a wide range of diseases. In addition, it can help to calm swellings and redness. If you have acne or any other inflammatory issues, caffeine can help to get rid of it.
Lowers your cellulite levels
Caffeine has been found to be a great contender against cellulite. For starters, it helps to improve circulation in the body. In addition, it has been found to smoothen the appearance of cellulite. The reason this is possible is because caffeine triggers the lipolytic effect on fat cells.
To help lower cellulite levels, apply a topical caffeine solution on your skin. This will help to decrease the fat cell size by 17%. The reason why you should reduce the amount of cellulite beneath the skin is because it causes your skin to protrude in an uneven manner. This is what gives your body a rumpled appearance.
Remember, if you are sensitive to caffeine or have high blood pressure, use the coffee scrub sparingly.
Eliminates dark circles
If you have dark circles under your eyes, applying a topical solution of caffeine helps to increase the micro-circulation of blood in the skin. As a result, it will help to effectively push any stagnant blood from your tired eyes.
To ensure the best result, make sure that you apply the topical solution in the morning after taking a bath. If you apply before getting to bed, the caffeine will be absorbed by your skin keeping you awake during the night.
Here is a simple coffee scrub recipe that will help you get rid of those dark circles.
- 3 tablespoons of ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 drops of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon of coconut palm sugar
Take a small glass bowl and mix all the ingredients. Apply the coffee scrub under your eyes and on your face. Use gentle circular motions when doing so. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before washing it off. Rinse your face and apply moisturizer.
The benefits of coffee scrub and drink are beneficial to your skin. Since coffee is loaded with anti oxidants and anti inflammatory properties, it helps to protect you from chronic inflammation and also fights free radicals. In addition, it exfoliates your skin finally brightening it. Remember never to apply coffee scrub before heading to bed. It will make it harder for you to sleep.