Today, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, is World Coffee Day, and we take this opportunity to celebrate this food, telling its extraordinary beauty potential.
Here is all you should know: coffee, skin , face and hair benefits , and how to use its properties for your beauty.
Face and body coffee: a hymn to youth and beyond
Coffee, thanks to its antioxidants – phenols – helps the skin fight free radicals, which can cause skin damage and speed up the aging process.
The benefits of this special food on the skin are obtained mainly through the application at the local level. This is why moisturizers or scrubs are prepared, for example with coffee grounds, to be applied directly to the area to be treated.
All the benefits of coffee
Caffeine is known in the world of cosmetics not only for its anti-aging properties , but also for its moisturizing and exfoliating power .
Caffeine also helps to firm and cleanse the skin. Here are some coffee beauty properties that are worth knowing.
The components contained in the coffee can help reduce cellulite on the skin. Caffeine is believed to reduce orange peel on the skin, dilating blood vessels and improving overall venous flow.
Cellulite can therefore be treated with a do-it-yourself remedy, like a coffee scrub that can also allow the exfoliation of dead cells. The scrub also smoothes the skin and gives the skin a uniform appearance.
Caffeine also tightens the skin, making it firmer and tighter.
Applying coffee directly to the skin can help reduce the appearance of sun spots, redness and fine lines.
According to a study – published in the Int J Dermatol – there is a direct correlation between drinking coffee and a decrease in the effects due to photoaging.
It has calming effects and reduces irritation
Coffee is a key element of some cosmetics that are used for skin marked by acne and inflamed, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Therefore, regular use of coffee products helps with this type of problem.
Eliminates dark circles
Caffeine is well tolerated by the skin and for this reason it can also be found in specific textures for delicate areas such as the eye contour area.
Coffee is able to counteract water accumulations and, therefore, to reduce swelling by stimulating the microcirculation. If you want, you can make a do-it-yourself eye cream. This is the recipe and the procedure:
In a bowl combine 8 grams of coffee beans and 8 grams of olive oil.
Add a couple of drops of water to get a cream.
Apply the cream thus obtained by gently caressing the eye area without rubbing. Coffee benefits don’t end there.
From shine to hair
Coffee, having a lower pH than water, flattens the cuticles giving hair shine. Furthermore, caffeine helps keep the scalp in balance.
Coffee can also help exfoliate the scalp, stimulate hair follicles and therefore also promote hair growth. To achieve these results, you can try rinsing your hair with cold coffee or rub the coffee grounds on your scalp.
And if we drink it? It is good anyway
Coffee, in particular the caffeine it contains, has positive effects on our beauty even from within.
Drinking this drink is good because it has modest diuretic effects , so it is a valid ally against, for example, the sensation of swollen legs and improves metabolism.
For pure pleasure, to wake up with the right foot in the morning, to recharge your batteries after lunch: there are many reasons why you drink coffee. And we at Melarossa give you 3 more, linked to just as many benefits of this drink for your health , which make a sip of coffee even more enjoyable to savor.
Coffee: 3 good reasons to drink it
1 – Drinking coffee to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
According to researchers from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) , drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 25% . The potential role of coffee in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes has been illustrated in a report that arises from the review of the most recent research on the subject. The results were illustrated during a congress in Berlin, in 2018.
The report suggests that both caffeine and decaffeinated coffee are associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes : in addition to caffeine, there are indeed other compounds present in the coffee that would be responsible for this beneficial effect. Among these, hydroxycinnamic acids, in particular chlorogenic acid, trigonelline, diterpenes, for example cafestol and kahweol, and caffeic acid, which would act at various levels. Among the positive effects that would determine, an antioxidant effect, an anti-inflammatory effect, thermogenic effects or the modulation of microbiome diversity.
2 – Coffee improves sports performance
The ISIC also reports that much research has shown that coffee, and caffeine in particular, would contribute to improving sports performance both during endurance sports and during high intensity sports . Based on numerous studies conducted over time, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has also concluded that there is an association between caffeine consumption and an improvement in endurance performance . Caffeine would also be linked to a reduction in effort, or perceived exertion, during exercise .
This substance can exert this effect because it acts as an antagonist of adenosine receptors in the brain. This action causes an increase in adrenaline production, which in turn stimulates energy production and improves blood flow to the muscles and heart.
Most research has been conducted on trained athletes, but studies of sedentary people with reduced physical preparation suggest that caffeine can also improve the performance of those who are not trained athletes.
3 – Coffee, a possible ally to combat obesity
According to a study by the University of Nottingham , coffee could stimulate “brown ” fat . It is one of the two types of fat present in the body, which has the task of generating body heat, often in response to cold, burning fat and sugar . In the course of the investigation, the researchers used coffee to stimulate brown adipose tissue in the human body and assess the ability of this fat to produce heat. The results were positive: it remains to be seen whether the beneficial effects of coffee are related to caffeine or other substances it contains, and for this reason new investigations will be needed, but this pioneering study opens up new possible scenarios in the fight against obesity .
How much coffee a day
In short, coffee is good, but only if you consume it without excess: caffeine , in fact, is an exciting substance which, if taken in large quantities, can trigger side effects such as nervousness and insomnia. According to EFSA , however, taking up to 400 mg of caffeine distributed throughout the day presents no danger to healthy adults .
A 60 ml espresso coffee contains about 80 mg of caffeine, so if you don’t exceed 3-4 cups a day, as also recommended by nutrition doctors , you can give yourself the pleasure of this drink and enjoy its benefits without effects collateral or health risks.