Energy with benefits | Part II

Alongside all of the health benefits the popular drink provides numerous beatifying treats. “Caffeine has three great properties,” says Dr. Leslie Baumann, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami in an interview for Elle Canada “It’s an antioxidant, it shrinks blood vessels and it dehydrates fat cells.”

Roasted coffee is full of antioxidants, magnesium and chromium, which transforms the hot cup of energy in an actual part of an anti-aging routine. The cause for fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging is free radicals which destroy the elastic skin tissue. Antioxidants not only protect the skin, but also repair the damaged cells, reversing the clock.

Cited by Fox News Dr. Vicki Rapaport, a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist agrees that coffee contributes to healthy, young looking skin. “Coffee is hailed for the antioxidants that are in it. These antioxidants and the caffeine molecule help repair cell damage and are anti-inflammatory, the buzzword of the moment. Drinking it provides anti-inflammatory activity for your cells internally and applying it to the skin provides protection. It can help reduce the look of fine lines, age spots and saggy skin.”

This leads to another beauty benefit coffee provides. It reduces redness and inflammation, leaving the skin even-toned and radiant. A study conducted in 1981 at the Seoul National University found that caffeine reduces inflammation almost as good as aspirin. This is one of the properties that help reduce puffiness and under-eye circles. Applying caffeine to the bags, caused by allergies, genetics or lack of sleep decreases the blood circulation and minimizes them. Still on the same note a Journal of Drugs in Dermatology study demonstrated that application of caffeine on the under-eyes twice a day reduces the “pouches” by up to 28 percent in six weeks.

Probably the least famous beauty and health property of coffee is the fact that it protects the skin from sun damage and cures the consequences of it. Paul Nghiem, M.D., an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Washington in Seattle coauthored a 2007 study by the British Journal of Dermatology, which proved that caffeine application could aid the elimination of UV-affected skin cells in mice. A sample containing 1 percent caffeine, which equals the amount typically found in cosmetics, suppressed the function of a protein called ATR which enables pre-cancer cells to survive and eventually replicate. “We are just beginning to discover caffeine’s effectiveness in reversing sun damage,” he says in an interview for Elle Magazine, “but it’s a fact that consequently, the body was able to rid itself of double the amount of DNA-damaged cells.”

Another widely known and talked about advantage of caffeine is its contribution to reducing the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Lydia Evans, a consulting dermatologist for L’Oreal Paris says that “caffeine is a member of a group of compounds known as methylxathines. These compounds stimulate enzymes that break down fat cells. They also promote the movement of fluid out of the cells, which decreases their size and produces a tightening effect.” Although some dermatologists argue that the effects of caffeine are only temporary and disappear when application is discontinued, a 2007 study of the Federal University of Rio de Jeneiro found that the application of caffeine induced ointments to cellulite not only reduced its appearance but also led to reduction of the hips’ diameter in 70 percent of the participants.

As it turns out the daily dose of coffee is not harmful at all. On the contrary, the black gold brings numerous positive effects along with the cherished energy boost. A cup a day keeps the doctor away.

Have you included coffee in your beauty routine?