7 Benefits of Using a Coffee Scrub Daily

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Most can’t start the morning without a shot of freshly brewed beans (or two!).The caffeine gets us up and moving, our brain starts functioning, and energy flows. But you can also derive numerous benefits from applying it directly to your skin.

Coffee is incredibly effective as a natural beauty product. Applied to the skin, the caffeine absorbed into your bloodstream has a chemical reaction with skin cells and as a diuretic. Its texture provides an added benefit for scouring and massaging your body. Combined with other natural ingredients such as salt, coconut oil and essential oils, coffee scrubs can be used daily to produce lasting effects of tighter, smoother skin by improving circulation.ID-100360481

 

Here are just seven benefits of coffee scrubs:

 

  1. Detoxification: The antioxidants in coffee clean your body of chemical toxins and other impurities, encouraging growth of skin cells. Used regularly, the cleansing process can help you feel better and be healthier without having to use expensive and chemical-heavy alternatives. Antioxidants prevent against free radicals, molecules that can cause harm to our blood vessels and may enhance the onset of cancer. Free radicals can be released when our bodies are processing food, burning sugars, or breaking down elements in medicines.

 

  1. Reduce inflammation and puffiness: The caffeine in coffee constricts blood vessels just beneath the skin, helping to reduce swelling, inflammation and redness. Good news for all of us that wake up with puffy eyes from a late night out or lack of sleep. A study from the University of Tennessee in 1978 and another by Seoul National University in 1981, both confirm caffeine’s ability as an anti-inflammatory substance in medical treatments.

 

  1. As an exfoliate: The rough, granular texture of coffee is perfect for scouring away dead skin cells. Combined with salt and your favorite oil – argan, jojoba, coconut, almond or olive – use coffee with a sponge to scrub your body, getting rid of dry, flaky skin and leaving new soft, smoother skin behind. Do this daily and see the benefits after a few weeks. The longer you leave skin to grow when it’s tough and dry, the longer it will take to get rid of it and uncover new skin.

 

  1. Improves circulation: Coffee helps activate the blood vessels by dilating them and causes your heart rate to quicken. This pumps blood faster throughout your body, helping circulation. The amount absorbed into your bloodstream through coffee scrubs is perfect for stimulating oxygen flow but without any harmful effects of drinking too many cups of coffee. If you have a long day at the office, looking at a computer screen or sitting in meetings, scrub your muscles near the lymph nodes and upper thighs in the shower daily to stimulate extra circulation.It will also feel like a self-applied massage to relax you.

 

  1. Stops cellulite temporarily

Massaging your skin can prevent varicose veins as well as prevent cellulite. While it is not a holistic solution – cellulite cannot be resolved entirely and exercise also plays a part – caffeine and the texture of coffee can exfoliate the cellulite area to get rid of toxins and leave skin softer, smoother and tighter. Be aware that coffee scrubs can only stop the appearance of cellulite, and superficially stimulate the cells just under the skin, but not actively target the cause of it.

 

  1. Aromatherapy

Apart from that caffeine hit you get from drinking coffee, giving you an adrenalin rush and extra energy, the smell of coffee is known to have equally stimulating effects on one’s mood. A research report that tested the effects of the aroma of high quality Colombian coffee on rats, showed that it relieved stress induced by lack of sleep. It activated the genes that are associated with paying attention, oxidation, cellular communication and energy processing. While humans are physiologically different to animals in some ways, these results demonstrate that just the smell of coffee can help to wake you up, make you more alert, and even assist dealing with stress. So before you gulp down your espresso, take the time to deeply breathe in the scent of coffee and get a dose of free aromatherapy to get you started for the day.

 

  1. Anti-ageing catalyst

The antioxidants in coffee don’t only help with cleansing the body of toxins, but also prevent against ageing. Apart from fruits and vegetables, coffee can be a good source of antioxidants to prevent against diseases such as Alzheimer’s, some cancers and eyesight degeneration. Important antioxidants include Vitamin C and E, selenium, and flavonoids (commonly found in fruit, teas, and red wine). So when you’re applying the coffee scrub to your skin every day, you’re not only getting the benefit of smoother skin, but helping your overall health inside as well as out, and prolonging the onset of ageing.

Whether you use coffee scrubs for exfoliant purposes, to improve blood circulation and reduce swelling and cellulite, it has powerful properties for detoxing, preventing diseases, and improving alertness.

 

If you want to learn how to make coffee scrubs, here are some tips. It’s easy, fun and inexpensive and you’ll get an added buzz from knowing you made your own beauty product!

 

Information source:

http://thecoconutmama.com/coffee-body-scrub/

https://www.nourishedlife.com.au/article/167621/best-organic-coffee-scrubs.html

https://biancacheah.com.au/2016/05/12/9-reasons-benefits-of-why-i-love-a-coffee-based-scrub/

http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20080613/coffees-aroma-stirs-the-brain http://7bigspoons.com/nootropics/caffeine/coffee-aromatherapy-give-brain-bit-buzz/

 

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