• Beauty Benefits of Coffee

    Coffee can help reduce sun Damage. While previous studies have reported that individuals who regularly drink coffee or tea are less likely to develop non-melanoma skin cancers, a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, suggests that topical application of caffeine minimizes or reverses the effects of UV damage on the skin.  Caffeine causes skin cells damaged by ultraviolet light to self-destruct by blocking a cellular pathway involved in regulating the cell cycle. For best results apply products immediately after sun exposure.

    Coffee can tighten skin Coffee contains high levels of caffeine which among many other things are vasoconstrictors. This shrinks capillaries making the skin look firmer and tighter and reducing dark circles. Look for products with caffeine or green coffee oil to get these benefits and always try to stay organic.

    Coffee can Reduce Cellulite Coffee dehydrates fat cells making them smaller and more importantly less noticeable. Adding exfoliates gets rid of dry skin cells making the skin softer and smoother.

    Coffee makes Dark Hair Shiny This do it yourself recipe will give your hair the antioxidant boost it needs to look amazing. Brew a strong cup of coffee, let cool then pour all over your hair over the sink or shower. Let it sit 15 minutes, then all you have to do is shampoo and style as usual.

    Coffee is a great Deodorizer Don't throw away used coffee grinds use them in compost or to get rid of garlic, fish or onion smells that can stick to your hands after cooking a delicious meal. Just use the coffee grinds to scrub your hands, add soap and you’re done. ........................................................................................................

    Here are some Gourmet Body Treat products with Organic Coffee:  

    Coffee Bean Eye Treatment

    Organic Keratin Leave in Conditioner

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  • Skin Benefits of Vitamin B3

    Niacinamide, Vitamin B3 is an amazing multi tasker and Vitamin B3has a lot of benefits for your skin. It helps reduce wrinkles, reduce uneven skin tone, help heal acne and reduce hyperpigmentation. A lot of research has been done on this powerful little vitamin which proves this ingredient should be part of your skincare arsenal.

    According to the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, an article published in 2004 showed niacinamide helps improve the moisture content in the top layer of skin. It can also lead to keratin and ceramide production, which helps smooth out wrinkles and reduce free radical damage. Vitamin B3 also reduces topical inflammation and can help with sun damage.

    Another study published in 2009 in the Journal of Dermatological Science showed that Vitamin B3 reduced inflammation of the skin associated with acne vulgaris and can reduce the oil production of skin for overly oily skin types.

    A more recent study published in 2015 in the International Journal in the Field of Trauma and Emergency Medicine showed that topical applications of Vitamin B3 increased the rate of skin healing. The study also showed that topical applications of Vitamin B3 improved tissue regeneration through the rapid increase of collagen and vascularization.

    If you're not already incorporating Vitamin B3 into your skincare regimen, why not give it try. All you have to lose is inflammation, wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation. 

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  • Coffee, Not Just With Breakfast

    The benefits of coffee have long been extolled to justify our need to drink so much of it. In addition to a mental boost, coffee has high levels of antioxidants and some research suggests a link between caffeine and reduced risks of cancer. So you’ll be delighted to know coffee is also great for your skin.

    In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that that “consumption of coffee, a major source of dietary antioxidants, may inhibit inflammation and thereby reduce the risk of cardiovascular and other inflammatory diseases in postmenopausal women.” That’s awfully specific, but those anti-inflammatory benefits aren’t just for your heart. Using creams with coffee in them can help reduce inflammation in skin as well. That’s why we use coffee in our Coffee Bean Eye Treatment, which can help with dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness.

    Reducing the bags under our eyes may seem like a small miracle all on its own, but a study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, suggests that topical application of caffeine actually minimizes or reverses the effects of UV damage on the skin! According to the article, even enjoying your morning cup of joe, or caffeinated tea can affect your skin: “In a recent study of 93,676 Caucasian women, each additional cup of caffeinated coffee ingested was associated with a 5% decreased risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer, whereas drinking decaffeinated coffee showed no such benefit.” Now imagine those benefits applied directly to the skin. In the same article, researchers note that caffeine causes skin cells damaged by ultraviolet light to self-destruct by blocking a cellular pathway involved in regulating the cell cycle.

    As if reducing swelling and preventing cancer weren’t enough, coffee can also temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite by dehydrating fat cells and making them less noticeable. We use coffee in our Sugar & Spice Scrub—great for getting bikini-ready before a trip to the beach. Coffee can also add a luster to dark hair, simply douse your tresses in this miracle beverage, leave for fifteen minutes, and rinse.

    In case just enjoying a cup of coffee wasn’t reason enough, feel free to use any of the above benefits as an excuse to indulge.

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  • What is Agrimony

    Agrimony is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant found native to the northern hemisphere and is found in abundance across England. Drugs.com says, “The name Agrimonia may have its origin in the Greek ‘agremone’ which refers to plants which supposedly healed cataracts of the eye. The species name eupatoria relates to Mithradates Eupator, King of Pontus, who is credited with introducing many herbal remedies.”

    The miracle herb has been called a panacea (the greek goddess of Universal remedy), and it’s not hard to see why. This unique plant has a long history of medical applications, ranging from foot bathes for tired feet, to eye problems, acne, and diarrhea. 

    While agrimony has been used for just about everything throughout history, today it is commonly used as a tea and gargle for sore throat, or externally as a mild antiseptic and astringent. Drugs.com notes that, due to limited research, “There is no published clinical … dose; however, the German Komission E recommended a daily dose of 3 g of the herb for internal use. Agrimony also is used as a poultice from a 10% decoction of the herb.”

    In addition to being an astonishing cure-all, agrimony is used as a yellow dye, to dress leather, and in floral teas and spring-time beverages. Botanical.com describes the plant as “deep green … [with] a slightly aromatic scent; even the small root is sweet scented, especially in spring. The spikes of flowers emit a most refreshing and spicy odour like that of apricots. The leaves when dry retain most of their fragrant odour, as well as the flowers, adding a peculiar delicacy and aroma to its flavour.”

    Because the Greeks named agrimony for its healing properties for the eyes, it’s fitting that Gourmet Body treats uses this herb in our Agrimony Eye Cream. This cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dark circles, and other signs of aging. Made with natural extracts and organic oils, this vegan eye cream is perfect for all skin types including very sensitive. In addition to all of its great benefits, the Agrimony Eye Cream is on sale for a limited time! Now you can enjoy this ancient remedy at a reduced price.


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  • Beet Benefits

    Fresh Beets

    Thanks to their high concentration of Vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants, beets are a delicious resource for your skin. The vitamins and minerals found in beets have anti-inflammatory properties and are excellent for soothing a variety of skin troubles--even slowing the development of wrinkles.

    In an article written for Foodtrients, Dr. Rosenburg states, "It was shown that the high levels of folates and antioxidants can decrease the depth and severity of skin wrinkles by 60%!  This is best accomplished by eating beets (or drinking beet juice) as well as by applying beet juice topically, directly to skin."

     As if decreasing wrinkles by 60% weren't enough, beets have also been linked to cancer prevention and even improved athletic performance. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, "Consumption of nitrate-rich, whole beetroot improves running performance in healthy adults. Because whole vegetables have been shown to have health benefits, whereas nitrates from other sources may have detrimental health effects [individuals should] obtain nitrates from beetroot."

    Give your skin a delicious beet make-over with Gourmet Body Treats' moisturizing Beet Skin Food. We are so impressed by their myriad benefits, we use only organic, locally sourced beets from Berndhardt's farm in our products. Great for rosacea and other skin issues, a little bit of this moisture-packed salve goes a long way. 

    Have a favorite beet recipe? Feel free to share!

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