Indulging in that second cup of coffee in the morning could lower your risk of a stroke. Over the past years coffee has been getting a bad rap, luckily all those studies were proved wrong. Researchers at Sweden’s Karolinskas Institute tracked 35,000 women, ages 49 to 83, over 10 years and discovered that those who drank more than one cup of coffee per day were 22-25% less likely to suffer a stroke than those who drank less. Mayo Clinic says, “If your drinking coffee now, you may be doing some good, and you are likely not doing any harm.” Coffee can also help prevent mental decline, improve heart health and reduce the risk of liver cancer. Keep in mind, specialty sweetened-sugary coffee drinks offsets all these positive effects and can lead to weight gain, in turn causing a decline in health. Remember to rehydrate after a cup of coffee, for every caffeinated beverage you have, have a glass of water, that’s in addition to the 6-8 glasses of water you should be drinking already. Now there’s no need to feel guilt when, having that second home-brewed cup of joe, your actually doing your body a favor.
Caffeine is also great for your appearance too! Caffeine is a vasodilator which works to firm and tighten your complexion. Coffee was thought to rob the skin of its natural moisture, because it can used as a diuretic, but that’s totally false. Coffee is full of antioxidants, so in moderation it will brighten your complexion.
Caffeine is also currently being used in skin creams and lotions because, it is a vasodilator, which means that it constricts blood cells. Firstly, caffeine will work to reduce redness. Secondly, it will firm and tighten surface of your skin through constriction, that’s why so many products are using this ingredient to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee when used in skin care works to dehydrate fatty cells so that water will disappear from the surface of your skin. This means that the appearance of cellulite is minimized, and your skin begins to look smoother overall.
Here are two Coffee inspired spa treatments you can try, without ever leaving your home. You can find all the ingredients in your kitchen and you wont break the bank trying these cheap beauty tips.
DIY Coffee In Home Spa Treatment
- 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee
- 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt
- 2-3 tbsp massage oil or olive oil
Mix all ingredients together. Apply in hot shower after a few minutes so your pores are open. Using wide, circular motions, rub the coffee mixture onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Rinse off, pat skin dry, and apply a thin layer of your favorite body lotion.
Coffee Cellulite Rub
- 1/4 cup warm used caffeinated coffee grounds
- tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 roll of plastic wrap
- Towel or newspaper
Mix coffee and olive oil. Place newspaper or towel on your bathroom floor. Apply coffee mixture to the cellulite area with your hands. Some will fall onto the floor, that’s fine you should be standing over a towel or newspaper. Anyways you just need a thin layer of the scrub on your skin.
Wrap the area with plastic wrap, and keep it covered for 10-15 minutes. Bring a magazine with you. You might find, you get bored and impatient pretty quickly. It’s also a good time, to try on a facial mask or do your nails.
When your time is up or you’re just tired of being naked with nothing on but coffee and plastic wrap, unwrap yourself and brush off the coffee mixture. Shower with warm water.
For best results you should repeat this process twice a week.
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