Info + Research: Coffee

CoffeeResearchCoffee is usually associated with waking people up in the morning, but it can also perk up your skin. The caffeine in coffee has a number of benefits for your skin, from treating redness and inflammation, to reducing the appearance of under-eye circles, to getting rid of cellulite. By incorporating caffeine into your skin care routine, you can reveal evenly toned, smooth skin all over your body.

Reduces Inflammation
Caffeine has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal for reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. In a 1981 study performed at the Seoul National University, researchers found that caffeine is able to reduce inflammation almost as well as aspirin; in a 1978 performed at the University of Tennessee, researchers found that adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams significantly increased their effectiveness. Overall, use of skin care products containing caffeine will reduce and prevent inflammation and redness, leaving you with a beautiful, even skin tone.

Helps Get Rid of Under-Eye Circles
Dark under-eye circles can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, allergies, lack of sleep or genetics. Although caffeine cannot completely erase hereditary dark circles, applying caffeine under your eyes will reduce the puffiness and inflammation associated with dark circles. Additionally, caffeine reduces the build-up of blood under your eyes which contributes to dark shadows. Several eye creams contain caffeine, or you can apply moist tea bags to your eyes for five minutes to reduce puffiness and give you a more alert appearance.

Gets Rid of Cellulite
Caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite. In a 2008 study performed at the University of São Paulo, researchers found that an application of skin cream containing caffeine to cellulite reduced the size of cellulite fat cells by 17 percent. In addition, a 2007 study performed at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro found that caffeine cream applied to cellulite decreased the hip’s diameter in almost 70 percent of participants. A number of anti-cellulite creams have been developed to reduce the appearance of cellulite, or you can take advantage of the power of caffeine by adding ground or instant coffee to your regular body scrub at home.

Info obtained from Livestrong.com

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Shea Whaaaat? Shea Butter Body Mousse

lotion3Our Shea Butter Body Mousse is made with a base of Water (Purified, not tap!), EVOO, Grapeseed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter, Magnesium Flakes, Beeswax, Organic Honey, Stearic Acid (a natural emulsifier that’s derived from animal+veggie fats), and blends of Certified Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.

Water is a great and natural base for any solution and we use purified water (no tap water in our products)!  Extra Virgin Olive Oil is loaded with nutrition and antioxidants like vitamins A and E and these can help repair skin damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollutants and helps to promote your skin’s elasticity.  Sweet Almond Oil is a great emollient because it softens skin, rather than just hydrating it.  It has been known to relieve dry, flaking, and itchy skin due to eczema, psoriasis and rashes and is suitable for all skin types.  Grapeseed Oil contains the fatty acid, linoleic acid, this makes it a good solution to improve/cure various skin conditions, such as acne.  It an also assist in preventing the pores from clogging and even contains anti-inflammatory properties.  This oil has been known to stimulate biological tissues to contract and draw together, thus helping reduce swelling and helping with reducing signs of aging.  It is very light and can easily be absorbed by the skin and not leave any oily residue, which also makes this great for sensitive skin.  Shea butter is an all-natural vitamin A cream and has Vitamin E that is an amazing moisturizer.  The Vitamin A is important for improving skin conditions such as skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, wrinkles, blemishes, itching, eczema and more.  Magnesium can increase energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy packets made in the cells and that’s why they say that good magnesium levels can help you look better, feel better, and gain more energy.  According to Dr. RH Waring*, Magnesium regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes, reduces inflammation, helps muscles and nerve functions, and helps to prevent artery hardening.  Beeswax naturally comes from bees and is extracted, then melted, and then purified by the beekeeper; this process does not include chemical processing.  It’s great for dry, rough, skin because it is good for locking in moisture, fostering cells, and protecting the skin from damage, but also offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral benefits.  Organic Honey is a humectant, which makes it a great moisturizer.  It also has High osmolality which means that the sugars interact with water in such a way that microorganisms cannot develop. In addition, when it comes in contact with wound exudates–fluids that weep from sores or ulcers–hydrogen peroxide is produced. The creation of the hydrogen peroxide can provide antibacterial benefits to ulcerated areas, which speeds healing. Stearic Acid is a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various plants and animals.  You’ll find it in animal tallow, cocoa butter, and even veggies.  We use it because it’s a powerful cleanser and a natural emulsifier (which means that it helps blend the oils and water) and it will thicken the products and act as a preservative to give it a longer shelf life!  Essential Oils will not only give an amazing scent, but they will have properties and qualities that will do your mind and body wonders.

This products is sold in a 4 oz plastic jar and the price varies on the scent.

Scents that we currently carry:

Natural: This does not have any Essential Oils

Pumpkin Brulee:  This is the base recipe, but we pumped it up with a Pumpkin Spice Brulee Tea and Essential Oils of Cove + Ginger.