To us, there is no better smell than a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Here at Purple Urchin, we can’t think of anything that awakens our senses more! If you love coffee just as much as we do, you’ll be happy to hear about the benefits coffee has on your skin both through consumption and applied as a topical.
Antibacterial Properties Act as an Acne Fighting Agent
When developing our bar soap Coffee Bitters, we had three things in mind; the antibacterial fighting properties, coffee’s exfoliating effects, and of course the delicious smell we all love!
The chlorogenic acid (CGA) found in coffee exhibits antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. As acne is often caused by bacteria, the buildup of dead skin, clogged pores; and/or excess oil, coffee as an ingredient in skincare products help to combat all of these causes. Using a bar of soap is often frowned upon when it comes to skin care, particularly facial skincare. Due to the ingredients in unnatural bar soaps this is because they’re known for drying out the skin. While this is something those with acne prone skin want (to dry out acne), a natural bar soap such as Coffee Bitters doesn’t strip the skin. Instead, it’s antibacterial properties remove bacteria, the gritty texture exfoliates the skin removing dead skin, minimizing pores and the essential oils used nourish the skin - all-in-one.
Boosts Blood Flow and Circulation to Reduce the appearance of Cellulite
Ground coffee beans in skincare products significantly benefit our skin both for beauty and health reasons. Caffeic acid is an antioxidant which boosts collagen levels. This reduces the appearance of cellulite and premature aging cells. How does this happen?
The exfoliating effects of coffee stimulates blood flow, improving circulation. Through exfoliation, blood vessels beneath the skin dilate. This allows lymphatic drainage for internal cleansing where oxygen is fed into blood, brightening the appearance of skin. Boosting your cellular health, the gritty exfoliating texture in our products such as Coffee Bitters Bar Soap or Cocoa Butter Coffee Scrub stimulate the collagen synthesis revealing radiant, plump, fresh skin.
Consumption of Coffee can Reduce Risk of Cancer
Coffee can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. Caffeine can rush carcinogens through the digestive tract, reducing your gut’s exposure to them. Additionally, the antioxidant properties limit the growth and migration of colon cancer cells.
The same research study (source: mdlink) found that coffee reduced liver cancer by 54%, oral and pharyngeal by 31%, colon by 13%, prostate by 11%, and melanoma bt 11%. The same researchers found a dose-response relationship to coffee drinking and certain types of cancer. Specifically, two extra cups of coffee per day reduced the risk of liver cancer by 27%, endometrial cancer by 12%, and prostate cancer by 3%.
Interested in learning a bit more about the benefits of coffee for your skin? We’ve got a few more fun facts for you!
Diminishes Dark Circles
Not only does coffee wake you up, when applied as a topical it stimulates your skin! When sleep deprived, as many of us are, the skin can become dull and pale. Dark tissues beneath your skin heighten in appearance, where dark circles form.
Caffeine in coffee stimulates the skin, reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. As coffee increases blood flow it enables circulation which reduces any puffiness in your face. Our Cocoa Butter Coffee Scrub is not recommended as a facial scrub, due to the gritty textures being too harsh for facial tissue. But, our Coffee Bitters Bar Soap was formulated to be multipurpose. It’s safe to use as a facial cleanser to awaken your senses - reducing dark circles under the eyes and puffiness in your face!
Enhances Appearance of Skin
Beyond protecting your skin from acne, reducing the appearance of cellulite and dark circles, and as an ingestible reducing your risk of certain types of cancer - coffee applied as a topical overall enhances the appearance of skin. Coffee helps with cell turnover. Through exfoliating, healthy cells are brought to the surface, as dead cells are shed away.
You’ll notice a revived glow to your skin, when coffee products are used on a regular basis. Additionally, applying products with coffee as a topical can help decrease the appearance of sunspots, redness, and fine lines due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Fights Off those Foul Food Smells
Beyond benefiting the appearance of your skincare coffee also acts as a deodorant. For example, our Coffee Bitters Bar Soap can be used in the kitchen to kill off intense smells such as that of garlic, onion, fish and gasoline! The antibacterial properties neutralize the odor and gritty texture work to exfoliate and cleanse through dense substances.
Beyond infusing delicious beverages, coffee is an extraordinary multi-purpose ingredient used to benefit both our health and our skin. Some good news for all the coffee addicts out there!