The Beautiful Benefits of Coffee

People say that money makes the world go around but I’m fairly sure they mean coffee. Without coffee, no one would be up and ready to make the money for the world to go around!

All joking aside, coffee is one of the world’s favorite drinks with Americans topping in at most coffee consumption per capita, with the average American spending $1,100 on coffee annually. We like a cup of joe, to say the least.

Aside from all the brain-boosting and improved cardiovascular benefits, coffee is great for your looks too. Here are some of the reasons it should be a definite add on in your routine, and some simple ways you can incorporate it.

It’s a vasoconstrictor

This basically means that the caffeine works to restrict blood flow by narrowing the blood vessels. You’ll find it often used in eye creams or serums since it is noticeable when the under-eye blood vessels are dilated. You end up with dark and raccoon-y eyes. It also is great for irritated and red skin. As it tightens those blood vessels the appearance of a flushed face is minimized.

Antioxidant powerhouse

Coffee is full of antioxidants that fight free radicals and  UV damage. It’s a leading source of antioxidants in many diets around the world. Coffee contains a high amount of polyphenols, which are just healthful plant compounds found in a variety of foods including chocolate, berries, and red wine. They have been linked to protecting against type 2 diabetes, heart disease and are known to boost digestion.

Caffeic Acid

This compound is a micronutrient known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.

In a study that used the caffeic acid from garlic, they concluded its potential as an active ingredient against UVB-induced skin damage. It’s no wonder this ingredient is infused into an array of beauty products.

How can I use it?

  • DIY masks for scalp, face, and lips, topically as an exfoliator to scrub and smooth, or brighten. Here are 7 easy ways to put those old ground to use.
  • Drink it! In a latte, drip, iced cold brew, in an espresso shot or however else you fancy, it’s great for health in moderate amounts. Just be careful not to drink too much for potential anxiety or stress-related issues.
  • Temporarily minimize the look of cellulite with an exfoliating coffee scrub. Mix 2 tablespoons of fresh or used coffee grounds into 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Massage into the skin for 10  minutes. The effects won’t last forever, up to a week at most, but it’s a great quick fix for summer.

 

References: https://www.foodandwine.com/news/americans-drinking-more-coffee-ever
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-brain
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/coffee-four-cups-day-heart-health-conditions-study-caffeine-effects-a8411231.html
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/coffee-worlds-biggest-source-of-antioxidants#antioxidants
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3774756/ 

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