Did you know that adding a coffee-based coffee scrub to your morning shower routine helps get you going for the day? That’s right! We know that caffeine found in coffee is a natural stimulant when consuming it as a drink, but it also works when applied topically.
Sealuxe’s Seaweed and Coffee Scrub is more than a body exfoliator (although you know it’s amazing for sloughing off dead skin cells too)! The caffeine from the coffee grounds can help increase your body’s blood flow which in turn can improve the appearance of your skin and give you a healthy glow. If you’re prone to having cold hands and feet, using a coffee scrub in your morning shower may just be your answer to getting the blood moving to your extremities. Caffeine works topically by dilatating blood vessels, which means more blood can flow through them, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells.
Let’s get into a little bit of science here. Caffeine, like seaweed, is absorbed into the skin through a process called transdermal absorption. Our skin comprises several layers, including the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. While the outermost layer of the skin – the epidermis – prevents most substances from penetrating the deeper layers to protect us from many toxins, certain substances have can penetrate this barrier.
Caffeine is absorbed through hair follicles and sweat glands. Once past the epidermis, caffeine can stimulate blood flow and improve circulation. This, of course, is why caffeine on its own can have huge potential benefits, such as reduced inflammation and improved skin texture. When combined with seaweed, it’s a double dose of good. Both caffeine and seaweed exfoliate and boast anti-inflammatory compounds. Seaweed has the added benefit of containing polysaccharides, which help attract and retain moisture in the skin which goes a long way to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Now you know – the benefits of using our coffee scrub go skin deep – literally!