If you love (and I mean love) coffee, you’re in good company. More than 80% of Americans are coffee drinkers, making the U.S. the largest consumer of coffee on the globe.
We have the humble coffee bean to thank for our Starbucks habit. Coffee bean seeds are planted and watered in shaded nurseries until they’re strong enough to thrive in the intense sun of countries like Colombia and Brazil. Coffee trees grow for three to four years before bearing fruit called coffee cherries.
Once the ripe coffee cherries are harvested, the beans are then harvested, dried, and milled. At this stage, the coffee beans are considered green because they’re raw and unroasted. The millions of avid coffee drinkers in our country wait until green coffee beans are roasted, ground, and brewed into a satisfying beverage, but there’s another valuable way to use green coffee beans.
It’s true; coffee is good for more than that initial jolt of energy in the morning. Topical caffeine is quickly becoming a beloved skincare technique to revitalize and moisturize the skin. Consider expanding your coffee habit beyond the mug to take advantage of impressive coffee skin benefits.
You don’t need an excuse to pour yourself a cup of coffee in the morning, but you’re probably wondering how coffee and topical caffeine can actively improve the appearance and health of your skin.
Oxidative stress poses a very real threat to the human body. It develops when antioxidants become outnumbered by free radicals. Uncontrolled free radicals attack fatty tissue, DNA, and proteins throughout the body, which explains why oxidative stress is associated with atherosclerosis, inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and other serious conditions.
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy for free radicals to overwhelm antioxidants in the body. Free radicals are lurking everywhere, from pesticides and cigarette smoke to pollution and high-carbohydrate foods. The effects of free radicals and oxidative stress aren’t limited to your internal systems; they also show clearly on your skin.
The chronic inflammation triggered by oxidative stress is known to harm the skin in many ways:
But all hope is not lost! Research suggests that caffeine can protect the skin from oxidative stress. This means that the regular application of caffeine to the skin can reduce the threat of free radicals and potentially prevent or minimize signs of premature aging.
The oil extracted from green coffee beans, especially the species C. arabica is rich in antioxidants. We all know antioxidants are good for the body, but how exactly can antioxidant-rich coffee bean oil improve the appearance of your skin?
Antioxidants support skin health by eliminating free radicals before they have the chance to contribute to premature skin aging. At the same time, antioxidants in green coffee bean oil boost hydration and limit inflammation to help your complexion look and feel brighter.
In fact, the antioxidant-rich polyphenols extracted from green coffee beans are proven to deliver benefits you’ll definitely want to experience, including:
It also doesn’t hurt that antioxidants boost your skin’s immune system to more efficiently combat infections and diseases.
Caffeine doesn’t just wake up your body and mind; it rejuvenates your skin. When topical caffeine is applied to your face, it creates toning and firming action. Caffeine’s astringent properties tighten pores, reduce excess oil, and relieve signs of inflammation.
It only takes a quick search on Google to read plenty of DIY advice on the application of topical caffeine and coffee for the skin. But you probably don’t want to put all of that “advice” into action.
A coffee bean serum is the best and most effective way to apply this skincare elixir. Facial serums are concentrated, light-weight moisturizers formulated to penetrate deep into the skin. Unlike heavier skincare products that stay on the surface of the skin, serums can deliver active ingredients through layers of tissue for real results.
This is exactly why it’s best to apply topical caffeine using a natural serum.
Coffee grounds have their role in skincare, but it’s not to deliver concentrated nutrients and antioxidants into the skin. Instead, coffee grounds can be used with a natural sugar scrub to carefully exfoliate the skin.
I created Sweet Revenge Exfoliator with caffeine crystals to deliver that kind of exfoliating action. Used once a week, it gently scrubs away dead skin cells while protecting moisture and helping serums reach deep into your skin.
Ingredients like cane sugar, sweet almond oil, French green clay, caffeine crystals, and oil extracts naturally remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that clog and stretch your pores.
Better yet, the French green clay draws fresh blood flow to damaged skin cells and essential oils stimulate collagen production. This is exactly what you need to counteract signs of premature aging.
Not all coffee bean serums are created equal, so don’t grab the first one you find! The truth is, generic face serums are a dime a dozen. They make lofty claims to enhance the appearance of your skin, but in reality they’re water-based junk that evaporates quickly and leaves dehydrated skin behind.
Look carefully at the ingredients to make sure you’re getting what you pay for (and more!). A natural, oil-based choice like Coffee Bean Elixir holds true to the core function of facial serums: infusing the skin with a high concentration of potent nutrients.
Each ingredient in Coffee Bean Elixir serves a specific purpose in its mission to revitalize your complexion.
Arabica coffee seed oil contains a high concentration of essential fatty acids, sterols, and vitamin E. These components work together to generate powerful antioxidant action that improves the look and feel of your skin.
This powerful oil is also believed to trigger the synthesis of collagen and elastin, which supports the formation of new connective tissue and hydrates the layers of the skin. Research shows a 1.5-fold increase in elastin production and a 2-fold increase in collagen production after applying Arabica coffee seed oil to the skin. Considering that collagen and elastin are the keys to lifted, plump, youthful skin, this is a significant addition to the long list of coffee skin benefits!
Argan oil is the rare, precious extract of kernels of the Argania spinosa trees grown in southern Morocco. It’s rich in many valuable skincare components, including oleic and linoleic fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins.
Argan oil’s essential fatty acids reduce inflammation, alleviate acne, and moisturize the skin. Meanwhile, its rich content of vitamin A and E reduce fine wrinkles and nourish the complexion. This explains why argan oil is such a versatile and therapeutic skincare ingredient with the ability to moisturize, tone, and soothe.
Low collagen levels cause skin to lose elasticity and suppleness. This is inevitable as you age, but the right skincare ingredients slow the march of time. Type I collagen is the powerful protein capable of supporting skin cell renewal when applied topically in serum form.
Thanks to collagen’s natural ability to promote vibrant skin, it can to restore plumpness and minimize signs of aging. That’s exactly what you empower your skin to do when you apply Coffee Bean Elixir: supplement the collagen fibers in your dermis for strong, lifted skin.
There’s no denying that topical caffeine improves your skin so that you can strut your stuff with confidence. But you can achieve even more dramatic results by using a coffee bean serum like Coffee Bean Elixir as part of a strategic skincare routine.
Your time is valuable, and you don’t want to spend it sifting through dozens of different skincare products and routines claiming impressive results without the proof. That’s why we created the DIY Facelift Kit with everything you need to cleanse, exfoliate, and nourish your skin. It’s not just hype; this carefully formulated selection of natural products rebuild, regenerate, and rejuvenate your complexion to restore the youthful radiance you deserve.
Pitch your water-based face wash and start using a gentle, clay-based formula like Earth Face Wash instead. Earth Face Wash cleans the daily grime from your skin without removing your natural oils, which helps your skin look and feel hydrated, youthful, and healthy.
By including these “skin food” ingredients, your daily washing routine enriches your face with everything it needs to boost collagen production and restore skin tone. It also doesn’t hurt that lavender and honey nurse damaged skin back to life.
You don’t need dozens of serums in your skincare arsenal; just the two or three that deliver maximum results.
Apply your Coffee Bean Elixir every morning to energize your skin for the day to come, then help your skin recover with Blu Berry Face Elixir each night. This serum is the key to bright, ageless skin because it’s packed with the antioxidant power of natural vitamin C.
Green tea seed oil, blue tansy oil, rose hips seed oil, and dozens of other plant-based ingredients help this serum deliver unprecedented anti-aging results from the inside, out:
By adding Blu Berry Face Elixir into your daily routine, you give your skin the tools it needs to work hard for you while you sleep.
Exfoliating once or twice a week is an effective and relaxing way to scrub away signs of aging. Our Sweet Revenge exfoliator boasts ingredients like cane sugar, sweet almond oil, French green clay, caffeine crystals, and oil extracts naturally remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that clog and stretch your pores.
Better yet, the caffeine gives your skin an extra wake up call while the clay draws fresh blood flow to damaged skin cells and essential oils stimulate collagen production. Enjoy the benefits of true exfoliation, like halting breakouts, reducing redness, and supporting cell turnover.
If you could choose just one skincare essential, make it the Quiver! This handheld pulsator uses ultra high-frequency vibrations (8,500 per minute, in case you’re counting!) to stimulate sagging facial muscles. Think of this like an intensive workout for your face muscles. No other technique takes this innovative approach to lifting your face muscles.
At the same time, the Quiver’s sonic vibrations achieve accelerated collagen production. Research shows that even one or two minutes of use, twice a day, improves the synthesis of multiple types of collagen and elastin.
But that’s not all. The Quiver’s sonic vibrations also boost the removal of dead skin cells with gentle exfoliation. This accelerates the cell renewal process and keeps your skin from looking dull, discolored, and damaged. It even opens your pores to help your skin better absorb those potent serums!
Think of the Quiver as the huge, bold exclamation point on your stellar skincare routine. It cultivates healthier, brighter and easily strips the years away from your appearance.
Even if you wake up on the wrong side the bed, Coffee Bean Elixir can put you back on a positive path. Inhale the tantalizing aroma of coffee as you rub it onto your skin, and jump into your morning knowing that your skin is (literally) glowing.
Even people who don’t drink coffee love the smell and feeling of coffee bean serum. It’s the ultimate treat for your skin.
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