For several decades, researchers have known that antioxidants are important compounds for fighting inflammation and keeping the body healthy. But until recently, the only known antioxidants were the “big” vitamins. Food components such as vitamins A, C and E. Flavonoids in skin care weren’t a thing at the beginning.
That has all changed in recent years, as researchers have picked up on both the existence and high value of flavonoids in skin care and put them to work. More than 6,000 of these unique plant compounds have now been identified, and, as it turns out, they might just have more potential for healing than some of the “big” vitamins.
To find out how the flavonoids in skin care that come from coffee and other plant-based foods can help, we spoke with the skincare and beauty researchers at Callyssee Cosmetics. Here’s what they had to say, and we even throw in a couple of stellar skincare product recommendations you can try.
What Are the Benefits of Flavonoids in Skin Care?
#1 Cancer Protection
The flavonoids found in coffee (and also tea) are known as catechins. And research on catechins have shown that they offer protection against cancer. In fact, one recent large-scale study of more than 100,000 people showed that the regular coffee drinkers had a lower risk of skin cancer than the non-coffee drinkers. These are the types of reasons coffee is so hot in skincare right now.
The definition of an antioxidant is a component that fights inflammation from free radicals within the body. And at the skin level, these free radical attacks come in the form of skin damage that leads to wrinkles. Flavonoids in coffee and other ingredients seem to play a key role in both preventing and repairing this damage.
Hoping for a more youthful-looking version of yourself? Check out the Extra Smooth Anti-Aging Cream from Callyssee. It’s got Organic Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Extract, which works to target the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles and other visible sun and environmental damage. And then Date Seed Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Shea Butter moisturize and repair even the roughest and most damaged skin.
#3 Dull, Tired Skin
Overall, flavonoids seem to enhance skin cell regeneration, which can speed up the process of old skin giving way to youthful new skin. You can just imagine what impact this can have on your overall appearance. Say hello to that glow when you throw coffee into the mix!
#4 Sun Protection
Coffee is certainly no replacement for sunscreen, but the main free radical attacks on the skin come from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Studies have shown that the flavonoids in coffee can minimize this damage. (Still, you should wear sunscreen daily no matter what your age or what the season to protect yourself from both cancer and premature aging!)
Flavonoids in general seem to provide all kinds of inflammation protection, whether it’s short-term inflammation in the form of blemishes, or long-term problems related to wrinkles. This is another reason coffee skincare is awesome for ladies and gents who still break out.
If you’re looking for your new skin BFF, try the Café con Leche Hydrating Mask from Callyssee – it’s perfect for blemished skin because it both exfoliates and detoxes, all while remaining gentle on your face.
The Callyssee line contains products brimming with essential oils, wrinkle-fighters, and skin-soothers. Our rock star ingredient, Coffea Arabica (Organic Green Coffee) Seed Extract, can be found in every single product.
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