Will You Take Coffee or Tea with Your Skin Cream?April 3rd, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
The Wonderful Benefits of Herbal Ingredients
Ever since they were first cultivated, coffee and tea have been paying dividends to human civilization. Known as the “wine of Araby” by the 15th century, coffee brought communities together in coffee houses long before Starbucks. And the origins of tea reach back even further. Today they’re an essential part of nearly every culture and country. The health benefits of coffee and tea have been studied for quite some time now, but with the rise of derma- and cosmeceuticals, these plants are proving they still have secrets to tell.
Plenty of Plant Power
Botanical extracts in beauty products are more popular than ever, and for good reason. Their health benefits are wide-ranging, and their safe, organic properties reflect a more natural, healthy lifestyle.
Both coffee and tea contain caffeine, a bitter white alkaloid that’s been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite when used in skin creams.
This is because caffeine dehydrates the fatty cells that create cellulite, tightening skin and making it appear smoother. It should be noted, though, that caffeine doesn’t actually get rid of the cellulite, it only shrinks the cells. It’s great as a concealer, and not necessarily as a remedy for cellulite.
Caffeine’s anti-inflammatory properties also mean it’s great at reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.
This is why nearly all of the best skincare products that advertise anti-inflammation contain some amount of caffeine.
The Caress of Coffee
The natural texture of coffee grounds make it the perfect exfoliant.
A coffee scrub is a great way to remove dead skin cells and other impurities, speeding up the cell regeneration process.
Coffee is also a great source of antioxidants and polyphenols which aid in the fight against free radicals and encourage skin-rejuvenation.
The Old Tea Treatment
The earliest reference to tea dates back to the mythical emperor Shennong, who also happens to be regarded as the father of Chinese medicine. It’s no wonder why tea extracts are being used in everything from fermented, probiotic drinks to topical skin creams today.
Green tea extract is one of the fastest growing ingredients in herbal skincare products.
The main compound found in green tea, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), has been shown to be a potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and sunscreen. Black teas, on the other hand, have lots of flavonoids that can have a photoprotective effect.
Tea extracts in general have been shown to add brightness and luster to hair, reduce bug bites and razor burn (chamomile has been used in soothing creams just like aloe), and provide many of the anti-aging properties we’ve come to expect in our beauty products.
Even the oil of the tea tree itself has been shown to fight against acne and dermatophytes, which are fungi that can cause infections in the hair, skin, and nails.
We’re just beginning to reap the cosmeceutical benefits of coffee and tea products. The dermatological benefits of the Coffeeberry were only just recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology in 2007. It’s been a long time coming since the first days of coffee houses in the Arabian Peninsula. This is good news for the world of health and cosmetics, and good news for med spas. It means we’re constantly evolving and getting better. And that’s good news for you, too.