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There’s nothing like that morning cup of coffee to get you going. You’re probably reaching for it to wake you up and to start your day on the right foot. But your morning joe should get a little more credit than being just a kick start each day. That’s because coffee antioxidants are very powerful. These antioxidants provide coffee benefits for skin and other parts of your body.
Coffee antioxidants provide healthful benefits to your skin in a couple of different ways. Simply drinking coffee appears to have some anti-aging effects, but you can also turn the grounds into a mask and rub it on your skin for various reasons. Who knew your secret beauty tip could be found in a coffee bean?
So, pour yourself a cup and let’s see if you can take advantage of any of these coffee benefits for skin problems.
Yes, it’s true. You may experience some beauty benefits from coffee. You can give most of the skin-tightening credit to the caffeic acid in the grounds.
Caffeic acid is a type of polyphenol. Polyphenols are a class of micronutrients, typically found in natural plant food sources (like coffee) and known for their antioxidant properties. Caffeic acid also gets credit for contributing to the prevention of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.
A 2013 study found the coffee benefits for skin caffeic acid provides may be bigger than we already know. You can use coffee grounds to make an exfoliating scrub. You’ll mix the grounds with some other ingredients (like olive oil) to create a face mask that helps to remove dead skin cells. The exfoliating properties can make your skin soft and smooth.
Your coffee scrub can also be used on your cellulite. You apply grounds to the area and the caffeine provides the coffee antioxidants your skin is looking for. When you apply it regularly, it can reduce the appearance of cellulite over time.
The caffeine in coffee grounds is thought to enhance fat metabolism and increase circulation, which may reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Remember, there is no cure for cellulite. Massage, caffeinated creams and even surgical procedures will only temporarily treat the appearance of cellulite. There aren't any scientific studies to determine coffee grounds' effectiveness, but it's an inexpensive alternative you may want to try if you can't find relief otherwise.
Another benefit of putting coffee on the skin—deflate puffy eyes. Caffeine stimulates blood flow and widens, or dilates, your blood vessels. When this occurs your skin will tighten and your puffy eyes will deflate.
One of the other benefits of applying coffee on skin around your eyes is the chlorogenic acids contain anti-inflammatory properties, which may also reduce inflammation around the eyes. It can fight free radicals, may reduce dark circles and wrinkles, too.
Though it seems counterintuitive given its stimulant nature, coffee can actually also calm inflamed and red skin thanks to the same antioxidants that protect it from premature aging.
The powerful antioxidant activity that caffeic acid provides gets even stronger when it’s paired with ferulic acid, which is found in seeds and leaves. Researchers say it could help prevent damage caused by UV radiation from the sun when applied topically.
The combination of these acids target a free radical called nitric oxide, which causes negative oxidative responses in the skin.
Researchers say the combination of the two antioxidants can penetrate multiple layers of skin to protect every level that’s vulnerable to UV ray damage. Thus, the study concludes caffeic and ferulic acid are extremely effective topical treatments for treating sun damage and preventing it in the first place.
Another great coffee antioxidant is flavonoids. They may also protect against sunburns. You can apply your coffee scrub to treat a sunburn. Oregon State University researchers studied it and found positive effects.
As you can see, the benefits of coffee go way beyond a morning pick-me-up. It has antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory functions that fight disease inside and out.
Overall, the coffee benefits for skin are fueled by its antioxidant content. It is the most effective component of coffee for your skin and the rest of your body. Talk to your doctor about how much coffee you should be drinking.
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