Apart from being a nourishing beverage that boosts your energy and metabolism, coffee is loved by many due to the numerous benefits it exhibits as a skin remedy. Therefore, let’s look at some of the awesome facts about these seeds and why you should consider exploring the benefits.
- Improves attention
Caffeine is the active compound in coffee and it is responsible for stimulating the brain, energy production and improved blood flow. The benefits of caffeine in your diet include alertness and improved physical performance. It is also recommended when undertaking short HIIT exercises or sports as it influences the rates of perceived exertion, pain hence increasing levels of vigour. However, it should be noted that the adverse effect of caffeine includes a change in sleep patterns which might affect a few people. This does not diminish the benefits of coffee though.
As European Food Safety Authority indicates that intake of caffeine up to 200mg doesn’t raise health concerns amongst the adult population. Drinking caffeine in moderation also helps maintain an adequate balance of fluids in the body.
- Skin Remedy
Aside from caffeine, another compound found in coffee includes phenol and antioxidants properties which help against skin damage. Coffee contains melanoidins and chlorogenic acids, which deactivate oxidants. These acids also reduce hyperpigmentation which causes inflammation. Therefore, to obtain the benefits of coffee as a skin remedy rather than ingesting, make a scrub, paste or a facial mask from coffee seeds then apply. Check out the 4 foods you need to avoid to keep your skin clear.
- Cellulite reduction
As mentioned above the caffeine present in coffee is responsible for improved blood flow to the heart and muscle. Hence why the reduction of cellulite is attributed to coffee seeds as improved blood flow means more oxygen is being provided in the area resulting in higher levels of collagen production. Since the skin is more elastic it doesn’t protrude these small bumps and dimples hence cellulite reduction. Read more on how to get rid of cellulite.
- Anti-ageing effects
Apply coffee scrub directly to decrease the appearance of redness and fine lines. As an exfoliator smoothes out your skin providing an even appearance. As mentioned earlier coffee’s ability to improve blood circulation also increases collagen production which curbs anti-ageing.
- Soothing effects
More than just a morning dose of energy coffee is a source of antioxidants, which provide soothing effects against sunburns.
To make a sunburn treatment
- Brew a fresh cup of coffee. Then, dilute it with cold water.
- Place a soft cloth in the water and wring out any excess.
- Gently dab the cloth on the affected areas.
- Repeat several times a day until redness and swelling start to subside.
- Diminish dark circles
Ironic because coffee might be the cause of the lack of sleep yet its seeds can help treat stubborn dark circles. As the beverage helps improve blood circulation, this process dilates the blood vessels that cause dark circles.
Therefore, to make a mask for stubborn dark circles;
- Mix ½ tsp of coffee grounds and olive oil.
- Add in a couple of drops of water to make a small paste
- Gently pat underneath your eyes without rubbing.
- Leave the mixture on for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse off with water. Repeat as often as needed.
- Acne treatment
The presence of CGA and antioxidant properties in coffee seeds can help treat acne amongst other skin infection caused by bacteria. All you need is to make a scrub and apply it on your skin to exfoliate.
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