coffee scrubbin' benefits for your skin.
Not just for your morning get up and go, adding a coffee body scrub to you weekly skincare recipe will leave your skin feeling pretty fricken amazing. So with Summer slowly turning into Autumn, now is the time to jump in the shower and give your butt naked skin self some serious lovin’ and attention.
Here are the six most epically awesome benefits of getting down, dirty and body scrubbing...
1. Coffee has a calming effect
Antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals — an oxygen molecule in our environment that can cause damage to your DNA and cells that keep our skin healthy. Whilst it energises your body after you drink it, thanks to the antioxidants in the coffee bean, it has a calming effect when applied topically, reducing redness and puffiness.
A gentle coffee scrub may help decrease the appearance of sun spots, fine lines and redness. Antioxidant-rich coffee may actually slow down the aging process caused by DNA damage. Coffee contains the same antioxidant properties as berries, tea, chocolate and wine which have been shown to help slow down telomere shortening (the chromosomes in our bodies which keep us young!)
3. Increases blood flow
The caffeine found in coffee body scrubs typically increases blood flow. An increase in blood flow and circulation to areas of your body helps promote cell growth and organ function. Healthy skin is better able to fight off bacteria and infection that it may come in contact and may even reduce the appearance of cellulite and give your skin a more even tone.
4. Dark Spots...pffft!
Coffee may even prove to help lift stubborn dark spots on the skin. This is because the caffeine content in coffee is thought to help dilate blood vessels that contribute to dark spots in the first place! The caffeine promotes healthy circulation which in turn, decreases inflammation and puffiness.
5. Kick acne to the curb
In the case of a wound or frequent skin infections, the regular use of coffee could help combat problems from harmful bacteria. The CGAs (Chlorogenic Acids) found in the humble bean have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In lab experiments, chlorogenic acids demonstrate potent antioxidant effects, meaning they neutralise chemicals that can potentially damage your body tissues. Combine this with the natural exfoliation of coffee grounds and all these benefits can collectively fight acne.
6. Exfoliating feels AH-MAZING
The best skin care routine has exfoliation. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells making room for fresh new cells to take their place. You’ll feel smoother and have a more even look to the skin. Due to its slightly coarse nature, coffee makes an excellent exfoliator. These granules help remove dead skin cells and, it has been said to help stimulate lymph drainage and increase blood flow. Both of these are beneficial when it comes to achieving glowing skin as well as for removing toxins.
Create a nourishing ritual or skin routine whilst showering. Use this as a moment to slow down and create some ‘You’ time. After exfoliating on a regular basis, you will notice your skin feeling softer and absorbing moisture more effectively. You’ll feel and smell great and be ready to tackle the world head on!
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