We all love a cup of Coffee in the morning to wake us up and stimulate us ready for the busy days and did you know that using the Holly & Honey Scrub in the shower can work exactly the same with the aromas in the steam but it actually has the opposite effect on the skin! While coffee is renowned for its stimulating effects inside the body, it may provide the opposite effects when applied topically. This is thanks to the antioxidants in the Coffee.
Here are just some of the benefits for Coffee on the skin...
1. Coffee is a rich source of vitamin B3 (niacin), thanks to a breakdown of a key compound called trigonelline. However, trigonelline breaks down into niacin after coffee beans have been roasted. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, niacin may be helpful in preventing nonmelanoma skin cancers and can possibly prevent other skin growths.
2. In the case of a wound or frequent skin infections, the regular use of coffee could help combat problems from harmful bacteria. The CGAs in coffee have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Combined with the natural exfoliation of coffee grounds, all these benefits can collectively fight acne.
3. Applying coffee directly to your skin may help decrease the appearance of sun spots, redness, and fine lines. In fact, one study found a direct correlation between drinking coffee and a decrease in photoaging effects.
4. Coffee is an antioxidant - the antioxidants in Coffee help neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies, there are more antioxidants in a cup of coffee than in a cup of tea. Instant coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which is known to be the main antioxidant in coffee.
5. Coffee may help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. It’s thought that the caffeine content in coffee is the key to cellulite reduction by dilating blood vessels beneath the skin and improving overall blood flow. In turn, this may help decrease the appearance of cellulite. This is why it is one of the main ingredients in our Fully Body Scrub as it smoothes the skin and gives an even appearance.
6. Coffee may also help treat stubborn dark circles under the eye. This is because the caffeine content in coffee is thought to help dilate blood vessels that contribute to dark circles.
7. Coffee can reduce inflammation - Anti-inflammatory effects may be attributed to chlorogenic acid (CGA) as well as melanoidins in coffee. CGA is also linked to reducing hyperpigmentation that may have a connection with inflammation.
While a cup of coffee can provide antioxidants internally, the purported skin benefits from coffee are primarily obtained topically.
And that's why we love a cup of coffee as well as exfoliating our Full Bodies from top to toe with the first product from our Home Care Skin Range!!!