Can Coffee Stop Skin Aging? The Amazing Benefits of Coffee Cherries
When it comes to skin aging, the coffee plant has taken on new importance.
First, it was tea. Now it seems we hear every day about the health benefits of the ultimate early morning pick me up, coffee. Coffee has been shown to have a high level of antioxidants which are thought to reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Most notably coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes and even Parkinson’s disease. But what about the prevention of skin aging? With its high level of antioxidants does coffee play a role in preserving youthful looking skin? Several studies show this might be so.
Recently, the coffee cherry has become the latest anti-aging agent to hit the skin care scene. Coffee cherries are produced by the coffee plant during its normal growth and maturation process. As the plant grows and the berries form, the berries turn a brilliant shade of red. When coffee cherries are opened up, you find two beans surrounded by a thin membrane. Usually the coffee cherry isn’t consumed directly but undergoes further processing to remove the coffee beans which are used to make the product we know as coffee.
Recently the cherry berry has achieved a status of its own. Extracts from the coffee cherry have been discovered to have up to three times the antioxidant potential of green tea, which makes it a powerhouse of antioxidant activity. It ranks higher than even blueberries on the ORAC scale. (used to measure antioxidant power). With all that antioxidant potential, it’s no wonder attention has turned to the effects the coffee berry extract might have on the skin.
After several studies demonstrated extract of coffee cherries improved the appearance of wrinkles skin discoloration, and enhanced skin smoothness, a company released a set of skin care products with coffee cherry extract as its main ingredient which they named RevaleSkin. With such positive results in preliminary studies, other companies are sure to follow. Allure magazine in their January 2007 issue enthusiastically touted the benefits of extract from coffee berries with reports that it was associated with a 46 percent improvement in fine lines and a 64 percent improvement in skin smoothness.
Of course such anti-aging potential doesn’t come without a price. The products by RevaleSkin which include a facial cleanser, a day cream, and a night cream retail for between $40.00 and $110.00 in the offices of plastic surgeons and dermatologists nationwide.
Will coffee berries be the next big answer to skin aging? Only time will tell if extract from the coffee cherry holds the answer to younger looking skin.