Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Good. The Bad & The Ugly of Coffee

The Good
A cup of coffee a day—minus the fluffy whipped cream, sugar, and flavored creams—can be beneficial. Topically, coffee-derived caffeine can tighten the skin and sooth redness associated with rosacea. Its anti-inflammatory properties makes it perfect for under eye puffiness. It has even been shown to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite dimples. You can take advantage of the power of caffeine by adding ground or instant coffee to your regular body scrub at home.

The Bad and The Ugly

Too much coffee can lead to dehydrated skin. Dehydration is water loss in the body being greater than water intake. When dehydration occurs, cell function of the skin stops. Dehydrated skin looks scaly, feels taut, and displays crepey superficial lines. Dehydration also prevents the movement of toxins through the skin and causes premature wrinkling.

Drink coffee in moderation, but feel free to use it as a body scrub as needed.

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