If you’re a regular coffee drinker like me, you’ll be pleased to know that it could actually be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Many people, especially those consuming a standard western pattern diet can get more antioxidants from coffee than both their fruit and vegetable intake combined. That said, like most things we love, too much can cause side effects you may wish to avoid such as anxiety insomnia and digestive issues. Try to consume a healthy balanced diet and limit yourself daily to drinking one or two shots maximum in the morning rather than afternoons if you can.
SILKY SOFT FEET
Coffee is great for your beauty routine! It’s full of antioxidants and nutrients that can benefit you hair, scalp and skin and the best news of all **it’s natural**. Used on your feet it’s absolutely amazing, it removes dead skin, improves blood flow and makes them baby soft. My daughter and I love to pamper our feet now and again using a home-made exfoliating coffee scrub it’s so relaxing and smells divine. Coffee grounds actually make a great exfoliant, they don’t dissolve in water so are great for scrubbing and studies suggest that caffeic an antioxidant found in coffee can reduce the premature ageing of cells, boost collagen levels and may also help to protect the skin against germs. Use a quarter of one cup of fresh grounds, one quarter cup of brown sugar and combine with lemon juice for the perfect foot scrub.
SUN PROTECTION & PUFFY EYES
Use coffee to get rid of puffy eyes. As you get older the skin in the lymphatic channel under your eye becomes thinner, making it easier to see the blood vessels. Caffeine stimulates and increases blood flow by widening or dilating the vessels, helping to naturally tighten the skin. Gently dab a paste of very finely ground coffee around your eye area along with cold liquid coffee. If you love to get out in the sun, you’ll be pleased to hear that polyphenols found in coffee can help to protect against UV rays and anti-ageing, drinking your daily coffee or applying it directly to your skin are ways to get these antioxidants into your body.
For Acne sufferers, gently massaging your face with grounds will clear away any dead skin cells and open up your pores, the chlorogenic acids in the coffee reduce inflammation and fight bacteria. For the perfect face mask use 240ml of milk, 240ml of grounds and combine to make a paste, apply to your face and leave for about 10 -15 minutes before thoroughly rinsing with lukewarm water.
Coffee is found as an ingredient in many beauty products as it contains many compounds that are of benefit to our skin and hair. Making your own natural coffee scrub is a great activity which you could try at your next relaxing pampering evening with family or friends and if you’re keen to give it a go its easy. Finding a quiet stress-free weekend or evening when all the men are out of the house is the part I find most difficult 🙂 Just make sure you purchase high quality freshly ground beans and give it a go.