If you're like the 150 million coffee drinkers in the U.S., you know what a good cup of joe does for the soul. It's not just America, either: a love of the bean exists everywhere in the world, and it's one of the oldest drinks in existence.
But have you ever thought about how good coffee is for your skin? We're diving in to see just how beneficial coffee is for your complexion.
Coffee and skin cancer
One of the most interesting discoveries is that those who drink 4 cups of coffee per day are at a 20% lower risk for malignant melanoma. This only holds true for caffeinated coffee, however. And, in a different study, women who drank more than 3 cups of coffee were found to have a 21% less chance of getting basal cell carcinoma. In fact, the more coffee women drank, the lower their chances of getting basal cell carcinoma.
This may be due to the sheer amount of antioxidants in coffee, or it could be due to the caffeine—scientists aren't yet sure what causes coffee to help protect against skin cancer. But it's more delicious than eating sunscreen!
There are plenty of rumors about how coffee can help alleviate the appearance of cellulite. We're skeptical. All women have cellulite (and it's normal and beautiful), and it's just fat that's clumped beneath the surface of the skin. So a scrub isn't likely to affect its appearance.
However, coffee scrubs can be a great way to exfoliate the skin and brighten dullness. Here's the trick: if you're using or making a coffee scrub, make sure the grounds are very fine. Otherwise, you risk causing microtears to the surface of your skin. If the grounds are any larger than sugar, they're too abrasive to be used for exfoliating.
Caffeine dilates blood vessels that contribute to the appearance of dark circles beneath your eyes. Some people try to make their own concoction of coffee grounds that they pat beneath their eyes to get rid of under eye circles. But Soon Skincare has come up with a better solution: meet our Hydrating Blueberry Hydrogel Eye Patches. They pack a great caffeine punch that helps reduce puffiness and improve blood circulation.
They're super easy to use, and have all the benefits of the caffeine in coffee without any of the mess. Plus, they smell incredible. We just don't recommend trying to drink them.