Coffee is probably the most overlooked ingredient in your beauty ritual. Topical coffee grounds offer a world of benefits for your skin. The exfoliating capacity of ground coffee is phenomenal - it is delicate enough to use every day, yet one of the most efficient exfoliants, much more effective than those bad microbeads but that's another blog for another day!
Let's take a look at some ways coffee can be used to brighten the skin, banish cellulite, remove stretch marks and much more.
Caffeine in ground coffee is believed to help win the battle against cellulite. If you are eating well, exercising and drinking lots of water, bad blood circulation can make cellulite more visible. Daily use of a coffee-based scrub (Clean Beauty Swiss Coffee Ginger and Coffee Chili Pepper Scrubs for example) improves circulation on 2 fronts. Simply the act of using a scrub increases blood flow on the surface of the skin (red skin is a great indicator of an increase in blood flow). By using a coffee-based scrub you double the power of that scrub. Caffeine dilates blood vessels near the surface of the skin, both tightening the skin and increasing blood flow giving a more toned and smooth effect.
Who hasn't looked in the mirror and seen a pale and dull face? It happens to the best of us for a million reasons. Clean Beauty coffee scrubs revive dull skin. Based on the same principles mentioned above in the fight against cellulite, caffeine works wonders on our face. The restriction of blood vessels that caffeine creates, gives your skin some color. Caffeine is also a diuretic and will help you get rid of that annoying swelling, also excellent as a post party rescue treatment!
Stretch marks are formed when the skin is stretched. When the stretch is too strong for the elasticity in your skin, stretchmarks form. It can happen when you gain weight, you have a growth spurt and the number one cause is pregnancy. It is essential to keep the skin hydrated to avoid them. Clean Beauty scrubs are essential: our scrubs leave the skin hydrated and significantly improve its elasticity. I strongly recommend using a scrub every day during pregnancy to avoid stretch marks.
But if you already have those annoying stripes, not everything is lost! Using a coffee scrub helps eliminate them in a couple of important ways: caffeine increases blood flow making the area much more elastic and energized. Using as a scrub, this exfoliating action stimulates cell renewal, and this cell renewal strengthens the new healthy skin giving it more elasticity.
Coffee is rich in antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to chlorogenic acid and melanoidins this combination can help in the fight against acne.
Those annoying dark circles can ruin the perfect make-up! Gently applying a bit of Clean Beauty coffee scrub under the eyes, leave on for 15/20 minutes and rinse gently. Caffeine will immediately lighten and brighten the area. The caffeine that causes the blood vessels to dilate will tighten the skin and drain excess water retention.
Eczema and psoriasis
Ironically coffee makes the blood pump, has the opposite effect on the skin itself. With its high antioxidant content, it is actually quite soothing and anti-inflammatory when applied topically which makes it ideal for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis and irritated skin in the winter months.
As you can see coffee must become part of your beauty ritual - its wonderful benefits are so incredible that it's crazy! Clean Beauty scrubs are 100% natural and completely handmade. Coconut oil is infused with organic spices (both ginger and chilli increase the benefits of caffeine, and each of them has its own skin care benefits - stay tuned for the next blog post where I show you their benefits!). Once this infused coconut oil is ready, sea salt and ground coffee are added to the mixture, creating a luxurious and effective scrub that can be used daily on the face and body. Well, what are you waiting for? Try it today!