BENEFITS OF COFFEE FOR SKIN & BODY

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY

Many of us can’t live without that hot cup of aromatic coffee to get us going in the morning. Did you know that you can use that coffee to help beautify your hair and skin as well? Coffee contains large amounts of multiple antioxidants and Hydrocinnamic acids are very effective at neutralizing free radicals and preventing oxidative stress. Used coffee grounds and are just too good to be wasted!

Check out below the reasons why you should rub this goodness all over you:

  • Use it as an exfoliator to achieve silky and smooth skin

Give your skin a boost by using coffee grounds! To use the grounds, grind your coffee beans so that it isn’t a sharp exfoliant, but a more gentle one. Then, gently scrub the grounds all over your skin. Rubbing them into your skin helps to slough off dead skin cells, leaving it refreshed and re-energized. Don’t forget to apply a moisturizing cream or serum after you the exfoliation.

  • Eliminate puffy tired eyes & dark circles

Puffy eyes are as a result of fluid retention in the under-eye region. What coffee does for your eyes is to constrict the blood vessels just below the eye skin’s surface, which reduces the swelling of puffiness, and it can help balance out skin tone too. All you need is one-half teaspoon of ground up coffee beans, a pinch of ground black pepper, a half-teaspoon of coconut oil and a few drops of water. Combine the ingredients into the palm of your hand using your finger, and then apply it in equal proportions to the underneath of each lower eyelid. Leave the mixture on for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it starts to dry. Then gently wipe it away with a damp cotton ball or soft tissue.  You’ll look well rested, refreshed!

  •  Reduce the appearance of cellulite

Cellulite is something most people struggle with, no matter how much you work out. The caffeine in coffee helps to dilate blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens tissue while improving blood circulation and reducing water retention .Caffeine in coffee is known for firming and toning skin by reducing fluid retention and cellulite.

  • Prevent clogged pores

Experts say coffe’s acidity helps to boost the skin’s protective barrier, which keeps your skin healthier. Coffee tightens pores and shrinks them which gives skin a flawless and youthful appearance. Use these coffee-infused ice cubes to promote that youthful look! Brew some coffee and pour it into an ice cube tray. Freeze until it turns to ice. Then wrap an ice cube in a hanky and dab on your face.

  •  Give shine to your hair

The acidity in coffee not only helps to smooth the cuticle of the hair, but it gives it extra shine. Make a cup of coffee and let it cool down completely the take it to the shower with you. After washing your hair, pour the coffee on it then rinse off with cold water.

There are many different ways of using coffee grounds. What’s your way? Please share your experience in the comments below!

Drinking Your Coffee at These Times Will Help You Burn Fat

Could drinking coffee help with weight loss? To jump ahead, we’re excited to report that after speaking to a registered dietitian and a physician that it is possible. Which is good, considering our affinity for a cup (or three) of  Starbucks daily.

“The caffeine in coffee can help boost your metabolism in the short-term,” says registered dietitian Dara Godfrey with an emphasis on can. “As a stimulant, it can help signal fat cells to break down fat. It can also help you eat less during mealtime by reducing the feelings of hunger.” But as all good things must come to an end, Dara tells us that as time goes on, coffee drinkers may become less sensitive to the effects of caffeine.

So how should you drink your coffee, and just how much for it to be effective? Drink two to three cups before 3 p.m. and try to have it black (without milk, cream, or sugar). We recommend drinking it before a workout to help give you an energy boost. Skip the pre-workout drinks with tons of artificial sweeteners that have been shown to increase appetite and kill your flora (good bacteria). Have a cup of coffee before you exercise, as it will give you the energy you need and also improve fat burning when your body wants to burn fat most.

This is how it works, “Adiponectin is a hormone your body uses to burn fat, sugar, increase metabolism and suppress hunger. Coffee intake has been shown to increase this fat-burning hormone in women, especially in habitual daily coffee drinkers.” It’s important to note that too much coffee can increase stress hormones and weight retention in women. Keep your coffee intake to less than four cups (6 oz.) daily. Also bear in mind to avoid coffee if you experience PMS, bloating, or weight gain during your period. “Coffee can cause muscle cramping, can irritate your intestines, contributing to more bloating and inflammation.

For the purpose of weight loss try intermittent fasting and coffee is when you fast 12 to 16 plus hours, giving your gut a break and letting your body run on the stored fat and sugar. Having coffee during your fast will not only cut your hunger and cravings, but it will force your body to pull from those stubborn fat cells, especially if you have coffee during the last few hours of your fast. If dinner was at 8 p.m, then have your coffee when you wake up, and then wait two more hours before eating to let your body work on the fat burning process. This works best if you keep carbs intake low.

Have you tried drinking coffee before exercising? Did it give you a boost? Please share in the comments below!