Okay, so first thing's first: I definitely consider myself a coffee enthusiast. I ALWAYS have to have my cup of joe with my breakfast right when I wake up in the AM. Sometimes drinking coffee can get a bad rap - but there are numerous health benefits of drinking a cup of coffee a day:
1. Coffee improves your energy levels (caffeine, please)
2. It increases your focus
3. It reduces the risk of developing diabetes
4. Coffee is a major metabolism booster
5. You can actually work out HARDER (think: pre-workout effect)
6. It actually makes you happy
7. Drinking coffee may actually prevent skin cancer
The list goes ON! I love to pour a dash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and some cinnamon in my plain coffee for an extra flavor boost. Almond and cashew milk are MUCH healthier coffee add-ins than cream and sugar. Your body will thank you for skipping the sweets.
But, wait - what about using coffee grounds as a body scrub? I had heard about these kinds of scrubs before but I had never tried one until I found The Coffee Scrub. I LOVE this scrub because it is all natural, made with organic coffee beans, and has hydrating oils infused into the grounds to nourish your skin back to a healthy glow (plus it smells SO good). Here is a list of the ingredients in the "Rose" scrub:
Ground Organic Coffee Beans, Grapeseed Oil, Mentha Aquatica, Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Glycerin, Water, Macadamia Nut Oil, Vitamin E, Cinnamon Cassia Essential Oil, Rose Petal Extract
There are tons of scrubs out there and you can even make your own - everyone loves a good DIY, right? Check out this list of benefits of using a coffee scrub on your skin:
Because the coffee grounds are so course, they act as an exfoliator and remove unwanted dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, healthy glow (and SUPER soft skin).
2. Improved circulation
The caffeine found in the coffee grounds has been known to increase blood flow, which can actually temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.
3. Acts as a source of antioxidants that nourish the skin
Caffeine is a natural antioxidant and can be absorbed by the skin.
4. Produces tighter, firmer skin
Coffee is actually an added ingredient in TONS of anti-aging products because the caffeine is known to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
5. Anti-inflammation and decreased puffiness
Caffeine's anti-inflammatory agents can decrease puffiness and dark circles under your eyes.
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