Find yourself skipping your skincare regime every now and then? Perhaps a little more than every now and then? Do you neglect to take your make-up off before going to bed, or skip face-washing in the morning for an extra …
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Their culinary appeal is well established – but did you know that coffee and chocolate also offer health benefits, including the maintenance of healthy skin?
Coffee is the latest cult ingredient in eye creams and oils due to its ability to reduce inflammation and under-eye circles. A 1981 study conducted at Seoul National University found that the anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine were comparable to those of aspirin; whilst an earlier study conducted in 1979 at the University of Tennessee found that adding caffeine to topical anti-inflammatory treatments significantly increased their effectiveness.
Caffeine is also a vasodilator (it acts to dilate blood vessels), so it encourages blood flow around the eye, which is what makes it so effective against dark circles.
As well as being choc-full of antioxidants (pardon the pun!), a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate chocolate or cocoa-containing foods experienced lower blood pressures and small improvements in blood vessel response to increases in circulation. The research also hinted that chocolate lovers had lower levels of insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar.
Because of its antioxidant properties (raw chocolate is the highest known source of antioxidants), chocolate acts to fight free radicals and stimulate circulation, and may act to decrease the skin’s sensitivity to UV radiation.
“In a double-blind study in Germany, women who drank a cocoa beverage high in antioxidants called flavonols daily experienced reduced skin redness in response to UV-light exposure—15 percent less than usual after six weeks and 25 percent less at 12 weeks—while a group given a low-flavonol cocoa drink had no change. The women also showed significant improvements in their skins’ texture and hydration, which the investigators believe were attributable to measurably improved blood flow to the skin.” (Allure.com)
Check out our collection of coffee and chocolate skin care below!
Raw Gaia Raw Chocolate Face Pack
Brightens, clarifies and smoothes while reducing pigmentation.
The Little Alchemist Anti-Aging Defense Complex
Targeted anti-aging from the best that nature has to offer!
100% Pure Coffee Cherry Sun Damage Corrective Cream
Addresses the signs of ageing and sun damage with coffee cherry, green coffee and green tea.
100% Pure Caffeine Coffee Bean Eye Cream
Backed up by research, this little wonder product is a cult favourite, and a girl’s best friend against dark under-eye circles and puffiness.
Have you tried any of the yummy skin care above? Share your thoughts! We’d love to hear from you.
..Until next time xx
I don’t know about you but when I think rosemary, I think roast lamb. Rosemary is a herb commonly used in cooking for its fragrant flavour – but aside from its culinary appeal, it has a number of benefits for the skin – and has been used to heal various ailments for centuries. Rosemary has been used to treat digestive disorders and headaches, and is currently being investigated as a treatment for Alzheimers Disease. When used in skin care products, rosemary has the effect of increasing blood circulation and improving the functioning of skin cells, as well as toning the skin and acting as an astringent, so it’s excellent at balancing combination skin and as a firming ingredient in anti-aging skin care. Two components of rosemary thought to be responsible for these effects are caffeic acid and rosemarinic acid, both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents.
Rosemary can be found in our:
Mokosh Face Oil for dry skin – a luxurious & replenishing moisturiser that sinks into the skin – this oil is ultra-hydrating, with avocado, macadamia and apricot kernel oils to enrich and rejuvenate dry complexions.
Healing Anthropology Rejuvenating Face Cream – the ultimate moisturiser for those of us over 30! This gorgeous cream contains every natural anti-aging ingredient you could want – including coenzyme Q10, DMAE, alpha lipoic acid and green tea. It also smells divine!
Beyond Organic Detoxifying Cleanser – this deeply cleansing concoction is excellent at repairing damaged and unbalanced skin, encouraging blood circulation and cell renewal. For skin that needs a pick-me-up!
Beyond Organic Uplifting Toner - this gorgeous, refreshing toner is suitable for all skin types – including sensitive and acne-prone. It contains lavender to balance, mandarin to soothe and tone, and grapefruit & lemon to refresh and invigorate!
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