February 5th, 2012 • Posted by Shana Irish • Permalink
Coffee is probably among the most beloved of American beverages. In terms of health benefits, it is among the most oft debated. We are all looking for a health tip that will allow us to indulge in our morning ritual, guiltlessly. Unfortunately, it seems that we will be debating the health effects of coffee forever. There will always be naysayers. As a drug that increases heart rate, coffee is simply not the drink for everyone. However, research is leading us to believe that the benefits of drinking coffee are numerous, including decreasing the likelihood of developing both Alzheimerís disease and diabetes. And the next time someone nags you about your caffeine habits, rejoice in knowing that you have some new ammo to bring to the argument. Scientific evidence shows that coffee may actually be good for your skinís health!
Coffee and skin care
More and more, caffeine is showing up as an ingredient in leading skin care products. While many of these tout the antioxidant properties of coffee, when applied topically, what coffee really accomplishes is vaso constriction. Caffeine dehydrates skin cells by energizing them, causing them to release sodium, potassium and water, making skin appear smoother. For this reason, caffeine is often used in cellulite reduction. It is also a component in many eye creams, which reduce puffiness. In addition, when ground up, coffee beans operate well as a natural, organic exfoliant, an excellent alternative to the plastic exfoliating beads that you find in many products.
Coffee and skin cancer
One of the most important topics in skin care is skin cancer. Recent research has demonstrated that coffee might have cancer-preventing properties in addition to its other health benefits. An experiment performed on mice showed that, when combined with exercise, caffeine boosted the miceís natural defenses against UV rays by an unbelievable 400%. The evidence examined in this particular experiment is a process called apoptosis, by which the body gets rid of damaged and cancerous cells by killing them off. Researchers in Seattle performed a similar experiment, this time on cultured human skin cells. After placing the cells in a caffeine bath and exposing them to UV rays, they found that the caffeine killed the cells that had been damaged. Although we canít be sure until this whole idea is tested on living people, the findings show a clear pattern. Caffeine in coffee might well prevent the spreading of skin cancer by killing damaged cells before they have a chance to become cancerous.
Coffee and Skin health
While the affect of coffee on skin health is still somewhat in debate, it is true that certain attributes of caffeine might be having short-term affects on your skin. While coffee does have some magical properties, it is important not to overdo it. Equally important to the glow of your skin are proper rest and hydration, both of which might be affected by your caffeine intake. Still, a morning cup oí joe isnít likely to hurt you much, so indulge away.
To learn more about the connection between coffee and skin health, or how to help keep your skin looking young and vibrant, contact THE SKIN SPA today to arrange a free consultation with a licensed Esthetician.