How Coffee Helps Your Skin
Can't live without your daily cup of coffee? Let’s talk about how coffee helps your skin then.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, your coffee addiction will finally pay off. If you didn’t know… coffee is more than just a drink that helps us wake up and make it through the day, that little cup can do more for you than you realize. Coffee is a highly bioactive plant filled with antioxidants, fatty acids, melanoidins, proteins, sugars, etc. All of which are beneficial for human health, skin, and well-being.
For the skin, specifically, coffee can be a skin-awakening ingredient that will help you achieve radiant, smooth skin. If you’re interested in giving it a try but aren’t sure how to use coffee for your skin, we’re here to help!
Some ways you can use coffee for your skin:
Perfect as your go-to face and body scrub. Coffee gently exfoliates the skin cells and removes impurities, leaving the skin smooth and refreshed.
Ingredients found in coffee – cafestol and kahweol – have lipolytic effects on adipose tissues, in other words, tighten your skin reducing cellulite. It could also reduce stretch marks temporarily and give skin a smoother appearance.
Prevent Skin Ageing
Scientific studies have demonstrated the rejuvenating effect of coffee beans. Thanks to their antioxidants such as phenols, and anti-inflammatory action, help fight free radicals and protect skin from UV-induced damage. As a result, coffee oil thus combats the effects of photoaging, fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin. The antioxidants in coffee can help fight acne, increase collagen formation, and minimize hyperpigmentation.
A coffee mask reduces skin inflammation and enhances blood circulation, which tightens blood vessels and gives the skin a more radiant and brighter glow. Coffee can moisturize, heal, and strengthen skin tonality. It also minimizes the signs of fatigue reducing dark circles. It is also, in fact, an instant remedy for puffy eyes.
However, coffee benefits are not only topical, there are also some positive effects of DRINKING coffee. But to enjoy the antioxidant benefits of coffee, you'll need to drink it plainly -- that means no sweeteners, sugar, or milk.
What’s the Dark Side?
Excess coffee consumption will bring negative effects on your skin. The general rule is between 2-4 cups daily, but some health experts recommend 1-2 cups per day to keep it to moderate levels.
According to dermatologists, drinking poor-quality coffee beans can interrupt your gut flora. Even more, if combined with dairy products sourced from cows injected with antibiotics. When your gut is inflamed, it will show up on your skin as inflammation meaning there will be redness, dryness, itching, and general irritation.
DRINKING too much coffee can contribute to premature aging. “Caffeine slows down the rate at which your body makes collagen. This is the protein that gives your skin its tightness and elasticity, so once it drops, your skin starts to sag and wrinkles appear", explains skin specialist Dr. Paul Nassif in a Cosmopolitan article. Additionally, since caffeine can be extremely dehydrating, this can make fine lines and wrinkles more visible. It can also trigger dry skin, dullness, and sagging.
Written by VIBLOK Creative Team