We drink coffee in the morning to wake up or when we need that energy boost. But did you know coffee is also really effective as a scrub? Before you look at your cup of coffee and pour it all over yourself, let’s look at the how and why this can be the case?
What is coffee?
A natural fruit grown all over the world, the seeds are crushed to form the grounded coffee you know and consume so deliciously. Caffeine, being the key component which is not only found in coffee plants but also tea plants around world, acts as a psychoactive enhancer stimulating your nerve’s receptive cells[i].
It improves awareness, reduces drowsiness and slight increase to blood circulation. If applied topically, it exfoliates, reduces redness and inflammation as well as rebalances and gives back the glow to your skin.
How does it work?
Coffee scrub works best with a dampen body, then with a handful of scrub apply it on your body in a scrubbing motion. Various techniques can be used such as:
- Circular massaging motion
- Straight up and down
- Have someone else apply it for you ;)
However, unlike soap, coffee scrub should only be used 2 – 3 times per week. This is due to its nature of deep cleansing and removing all the dirt and grime out of the pores of your skin.
But why coffee scrub?
Did you know? Your skin absorbs 60 – 80% of what is topically applied. This includes everything from the air, water, creams, oils and chemicals.[ii]
Not only is Wild Harvest Care coffee scrub 100% natural, the ingredients absorbed will greatly benefit your skin as can be seen below.
Over a short time, dead skin, cells, bacteria, grime, dirt and chemicals accumulate on your skin. It causes a build of bacteria on the skin and increases signs of aging, wrinkle and prohibits the young positive glow emanating from your skin.
The 100% natural ingredients of coffee, salt and brown sugar granules, cleanses your skin acting as both a mechanical and natural exfoliate, removing the gunk you don’t need. It reveals the new healthy skin below and allows your skin to glow[iii].
Unclogging your pores allows your skin to breathe and improve performance for self-moisturising purposes, further giving your skin the youthful look.
Exfoliation is only the beginning, as there are many more effects such as reducing cellulite, redness and slight inflammation including de-puffing tired eyes and rebalances your skin.
After the exfoliation process, the caffeine, salt and brown sugar is absorbed through your skin. The caffeine itself breaks down fat cells (cause of cellulite) by inhibiting the phosphodiesterase enzyme (scientific, got to be good) as it absorbs the moisture of the broken down fat as part of a lipolysis or fat reduction[iv].
Caffeine also has the benefit of constricting blood vessels on the surface area of your skin. Is this a bad thing? No, as the temporary constriction of blood vessels occurs, it prevents excess fluid build-up. It also prevents fat cells from quickly regenerating.
Please keep in mind, this effect is only temporarily as the caffeine effect weakens and your body resumes normal operational use. With continual use, you can keep ahead of the cellulite forming.
Puffy eyes are caused by a build-up of water under the eyes from poor lymphatic drainage. This normally occurs when you have not had enough sleep as the body focuses on more important matters, after effects of crying, or reaction to allergies[v].
As mentioned above, caffeine constricts your blood vessel and helps to remove the fluid from your system. It performs this by stimulating nerve impulses around the area, sent to the brain to activate the drainage effect.
Studies at both Seoul National University (1981) and University of Tennessee (1978), identified the anti-inflammatory effects of caffeine.
Caffeine contains high amounts of anti-oxidants and when combined with Himalayan salt, sea salt and brown raw sugar in addition to the exfoliation properties, replaces minerals and compounds the skin needs. The salt replaces essential acidity and alkaline to replenish the skin’s salt requirement to balance the PH level. This intake, improves muscle and skin operation through increased hydration and minerals, balancing of blood pressure as well as an anti-bacterial effect on your skin[vi].
Using both Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, each has different beneficial properties such as calcium, iron electrolytes and also the extraction process differs. Combining to give you the best scrub you can have.
Brown sugar contains glycolic acid which is responsible for fighting bacteria. Glycol acid is an alpha hydroxyl acid which benefits your skin to help it glowing and healthy. As you exfoliate, the sugar breaks down bonded dead skin cells supporting skin cell turnover, giving you younger, fresher looking skin[vii].
Give it a try, it will be the sexiest mess you can make in the shower.
References, so you can see we can't possibly be making this up:
[i] Evidence and research: Gunnars, K. (2015) Authority Nutrition.
[ii] Article prepared by: Klunar, E. (2014) http://www.livestrong.com/article/156037-what-are-the-benefits-of-brown-sugar-as-a-skin-exfoliator/
[iii] According to: Dr Julia Hunter M.D. Dermatologist.
[iv] Research conducted: Boaventura et al. (2013) Rio de Janeiro State University.
[v] According to: Dr Amy Wechsler M.D. dermatologist and psychiatrist.
[vi] Research conducted: Brown et al. (1984) Am J Public Health.
[vii] Research Journal: Majithia, N. (2007) Virginia Commonwealth University.