Monday, October 12, 2009

Coffee and skin care?

Coffee and skin care? It might surprise you to learn that in 2006 in the United States over 140 skin care products containing caffeine were launched compared to just 21 in 2003

Coffee had a hard time of it in the 20th century while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration waffled over whether it was good or bad for you. As we move solidly into the 21st century, more indications of coffee's beneficial properties are surfacing, and nowhere is that more evident than in the lucrative skin care market.Primarily, coffee and caffeine are finding their way into skin lotions and creams because of antioxidant properties and tightening and firming qualities. Caffeine applied to the skin operates in three ways - as an antioxidant, a diuretic and a vasoconstrictor. Among others, Avon, natural handcrafted soap,Neuturogena and L'Oreal have included caffeine in some of their products.For years, caffeine has been used in products sold to reduce cellulite. It's clear that caffeine dehydrates fat cells by somehow energizing them which in turn causes the sodium/potassium component of the cells to vacate. Consequently, water disappears as well. Bottom line - skin on buttocks and thighs becomes smoother.Caffeine's vaso-constricting characteristic also makes it a favorite ingredient in eye gels for reducing puffiness and dark circles as well as tightening skin around the eyes. Of course, nothing eliminates cellulite or troubled skin around the eyes completely. The best you can hope for is noticeable improvement, perhaps only for a few hours.With the explosion in coffee based skin products, it now is seen in body scrubs, face creams and fragrances. A number of products even smell like coffee and contain ground coffee intended as an exfoliate. Some purveyors have even gone so far as to suggest that the absorption of caffeine through the skin will yield the sort of alertness you can expect from drinking coffee.It's claimed that you can receive the same benefits by concocting your own home brewed coffee soaps and body scrubs from used coffee grounds. Formulas are even offered.Hey, now you can shower with your espresso!

Brazilian Espresso Scrub Soap with Cocoa Butter and Hazelnut Citrus Essential Oils 7 Oz

Brazilian Espresso Luxury Soap Bar with Cocoa Butter and Essential Oils 6 OzBrazilian Espresso

Women's World Magazine Coffee Soap

Brazilian Coffee Soap penetrate through to subcutaneous layers ...


sx said...

I read your article that was published about you in 2008, and also the story about Elis's grandmother's soapmaking and soap shop and recipes after finding your website back in August. I ordered one set of soaps from you a month or so ago and plan on ordering more soon.I have tried the "Provence lavender with crsuehd buds and shea butter" and the Provence lavender with crushed rose petals and shea butter" so far, and I love them...I was completely sold after trying my first bar. It is so gentle and yet luxurious, and I can use it even on my face and my skin feels wonderful.

Your soap recipes are exquisite and the story behind them is so wonderful (of Elis's Italian grandmother making the soap in Brazil). I feel like I am buying soap that is a wonderful legacy. Please don't stop using these recipes or making these soaps!

Warm regards and many thanks,

Karen (Carrboro, NC)

I also much appreciate the shipping benefit you give to North Carolina residents, though I am willing to pay that to get your wonderful soaps!

Anonymous said...

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