Coffee is considered the most popular beverage in the world, rivalled only by tea. Millions of people start their day with an aromatic cup of joe and couldn’t even think of a morning without it. The benefits of coffee go way beyond your daily pick me up - it also has a myriad of benefits for your skin. Now we are not suggesting to brew yourself a coffee bath to soak in, there might be and easier way to soak in its nutrient-rich goodness. The coffee scrubs have been all the rage in the past few years, but you really need to try another superstar, derived from green coffee beans - the coffee oil!
What is coffea arabica oil?
Coffea arabica is an evergreen plant native to regions characterized by high altitude and warm climate, mostly in Africa. The oil is extracted from coffee beans and is a by-product of the coffee industry. It’s extracted either from roasted or green coffee beans. The latter allows all the beneficial components to remain in the oil. When cold-pressed the green coffee oil contains high levels of vitamin E, phytosterols, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, offering nourishment and protection.
Why you need it in your skincare routine?
First and foremost, coffee seed is absolutely jam-packed with antioxidants. They protect your skin from free radical damage and help fight ageing. Some studies suggest that coffee seed oil has similar effects on the skin as hyaluronic acid. It promotes the production of elastin and collagen, increasing the flexibility and firmness of the skin. According to the same study, the topical application of the coffee extract increases glycosaminoglycans and aquaglyceroporins-3 (AQP-3). These two proteins are responsible for improved skin hydration and decreased loss of moisture.
Green coffee oil is also rich in phyrosterols, promoting moisture retention and accelerated penetration allowing the goodness of your skincare products to sink deeply into the skin. It's exceptionally high in essential acids - one of the building blocks of the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of the skin. The extract is abundant in linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid responsible for healthy cell function.
Thanks to its high content to linoleic acid and its ability to to reduce transepidermal water loss, coffee seed oil can help strengthen the skin barrier. A damaged skin barrier is characterised by the inability to retain moisture in the skin, leading to dullness and irritation.
The coffee oil has the same PH level as the human skin - a little bit on the acidic side. In fact the skin is covered with what is called an "acid mantle," which helps maintain the skin’s PH, prevent infections, seal in moisture, and keep skin firm. However, as we age the acid mantle diminishes and the skin becomes less acidic, leaving it more prone to dryness, infections, radical damage, wrinkles and fine lines. The long term use of coffee oil helps maintain a healthy PH balance. .
It’s known as anti-inflammatory and contains enzymes that stimulate detoxification, making it ideal to treat inflamed acne or problematic skin.
In conclusion, coffee seed oil is jam-packed full of skin friends, including antioxidants, phytosterols, vitamin E and other essential nutrients found in your daily cup of joe. Combine it with a moisturising oil like grapeseed oil or one of our nourishing body blends and you can rest assured your depleted moisture levels will be restored. It looks like you just found a way to introduce coffee not only in your morning routine but also in your skincare one! Your skin and body will love you for it.