Get your caffeine micro-dose here
When I talk about my Goat's Milk and Coffee Soap a lot of people ask if you can actually absorb the caffeine through your skin. Actually, you can! There are quite a few products that use a caffeine boost too like wrinkle creams, dark spot correctors, under-eye treatments and even self-tanners.
So, why do you want to add coffee to your skin care routine?
Well, a few reasons. Just like your internal cells, caffeine encourages cells to contract giving skin a smoother appearance and stimulates blood flow aiding collagen production and benefiting multiple conditions like cellulite, stretch marks, and scarring.
Multiple studies have found caffeine to contain anti-inflammatory properties and a recent study from the University of Washington in Seattle discovered a possible connection to skin cancer protection. This discovery may lead to future skin cancer preventions given that it also contains properties known to absorb UV rays, making it a natural sunscreen.
In a study done by the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, healthy and UV damaged skin cells were studied in a laboratory and treated with caffeine.
Applying the caffine to healthy cells had no effect. This could potentially save you from damaged cells growing and becoming skin cancer in the future. You can find the study online in the Feb 2009 publication in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.1 Having all of these properties makes it a very beneficial addition to lotions, scrubs, masks, cosmetics, SOAP and can also used for preventing hair loss and improving hair quality overall.
Another reason would be... duh the caffeine, obvi.
While the absorption rate of your skin largely depends on the amount of hair follicles and skin thickness in different areas of the body, you could receive your dose of caffeine within as little as 5 minutes of putting it on your skin.2
This doesn't mean your soap is going to wake you up as much as your regular cup of coffee, depending on how long you shower, but if you are not a regular coffee drinker consider this your micro-dose.
The coffee found in my soap comes from Coffee Butter. This is a combination of Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Coffee Seed Oil containing between .5%-1% of natural caffeine. I add 2 oz of Coffee Butter to a small batch which results in aprox. 50 mg of caffeine per bar. Your typical cup of coffee is 95 mg. I'd say that's not a bad way to start your day.
If the science doesn't interest you then maybe you are into the other sensibilities.
Combined with Cocoa Butter this scent is like a nutty coffee with a hint of chocolate and because my ingredients are all-natural, it's not overpowering. You will instantly see the effects this soap has on your skin too. Not only will it feel smoother, but it will also look smoother and feel softer.
This is quickly becoming my new favorite soap. It hasn't been very cold in California this winter, but my skin still feels dry and itchy at times. Using this soap I notice itching less and I don't have to re-apply my lotion at the end of the day. Feeling good and saving some money!
**If you are sensitive to caffeine please spot test before using all over your body.**