Your alarm goes off. You roll out from your warm cocoon into the crisp bedroom air. And if you’re like the rest of us, your next steps lead you to the kitchen, where, in just a few moments, the sweet smell of coffee fills the air. That morning wake-up routine is bittersweet. But one thing is sure: the best part is the coffee.
At DirtyBird, we take that routine one step farther, making the best part of your pre-shower routine the best part of your shower: Caffeinated soap.
That’s right. You know and love the effects of your morning cup. But did you know that coffee has incredible benefits for your skin, too? Grab your mug and take a read.
Coffee is high in antioxidants, which reduce the production of skin-damaging free radicals. In other words, antioxidants help prevent wrinkles, fine lines and loss of elasticity. Sun damage and certain skin diseases can be treated with caffeine.
Coffee beans are hydrating. Or at least not dehydrating. Coffee has the same pH as your skin, so it won’t dry you out. Lather with confidence! It always pays to moisturize after your shower, but do your skin a favor and use a soap that gently cleanses and hydrates, too.
Caffeine stimulates blood flow, which is shown to aid in the production of collagen and can help reduce the effects of a myriad of skin conditions, including scarring, psoriasis, rosacea, stretch marks, acne and dry skin.
If you have bags under your eyes or puffy skin elsewhere, consider products containing coffee to help tighten and reduce puffiness. Coffee restricts blood vessels and improves circulation, leaving your skin looking taut and healthy.
Caffeine is naturally anti-inflammatory and helps calm swelling and redness. Use caffeinated soap to create an even complexion and control pesky acne.
- Slimming. Sort of.
Caffeine can help draw water out of fatty cells, diminishing the appearance of cellulite. One study conducted at the University of Sao Paulo concluded that applying caffeinated skin cream can reduce the size of cellulite cells by 17%!
- An extra boost.
A bonus side effect of caffeinated soap is the boost received from the caffeine itself. Caffeine is known to help prepare the body for tough workouts, and the caffeine from your soap will be absorbed by your skin, giving you a little added advantage on race day.