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No question drinking a fantastic cup of coffee is something that improves your entire day. While you know things like using the best beans and adding in the proper amount of sugar and cream matter, what you may not realize is that the cup of coffee you look forward to so much may actually help you look younger. Not only is this true, but there is also science that backs up this claim.
Are you interested in learning more about how coffee can help you fight the signs of aging? If so, keep reading!
What Is it in Coffee that Fights the Signs of Aging?
Before getting into the benefits, it’s important to note that it isn’t coffee, but caffeine that offers the age-fighting benefits. Caffeine is a stimulant that targets your central nervous system. For most people, this is why they grab a cup of Joe in the morning to get their day started.
Coffee is also full of antioxidants, melanoidins, and chlorogenic acids. Coffee also contains kahweol and cafestol, which are diterpenes that will negatively impact cholesterol levels.
While this is true, the presence of the diterpenes is affected during the brewing method used and usually eliminated. If you are making a cup and plan to use a French press, pour-over apparatus, or drip brewer, this isn’t a concern.
One of the most noticeable and immediate impacts coffee has is how it impacts eye puffiness. While it is well-known that caffeine has a significant impact on your energy levels, and it can help improve performance and alertness, it has certain physical effects, too.
A person appears older when they look tired. However, with coffee, you can appear younger instantly. Not only will coffee help you appear more awake, but it contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce eye puffiness internally. While this is an instant anti-aging effect, it is also temporary.
Applying Coffee Topically
Coffee can have a massive impact on your physical appearance from inside, as mentioned above, but it can also offer benefits when it is applied topically.
You can reuse your coffee grounds to apply to your skin, which will reduce inflammation, clear away dead skin cells, reduce the look of cellulite, and exfoliate the skin. You can also use fresh ground coffee.
You can create your own DIY coffee skin scrub and mix it with other ingredients to create something that is nourishing to your skin. A bonus is that this is a budget-friendly and eco-friendly way to begin following an anti-aging skincare routine.
Boost in Metabolism
Many people associate weight gain with looking older. Caffeine can help provide appetite suppression benefits which are invaluable when you are trying to lose weight. With that in mind, be careful with what you add to your coffee.
Check out some other syrups and flavors to find options that won’t impact the metabolism-boosting effect that coffee can have.
How Much Should You Drink?
While coffee is a miracle tool, you can always reach a point where you have consumed too much. Over-consumption can eventually diminish your skin’s elasticity because of dehydration and have the opposite effect on your anti-aging routine.
The best way to offset possible dehydration is by drinking a glass of water before having another. Also, make sure to avoid inflammation-causing additives such as sweeteners and sugar.
The key takeaway here is that coffee is a great beverage that provides you with the fuel that is needed to make it through the day. However, if you want to benefit from the anti-aging benefits it offers, make sure you don’t go overboard.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.