Antioxidants play a large role in skin care. You are probably familiar with the antioxidants that are found in natural ingredients, such as pomegranate, blueberries and green tea. There is another recently discovered ingredient that has even greater antioxidant benefits. Coffee berry extract, also known as CoffeeBerry, is a powerful antioxidant that started being incorporated into skin care products just a few years ago.

It comes from the fruit of the coffea arabica plant. Many of us enjoy brewing the seeds of this plant, which are known as coffee beans. The actual berries of the plant resemble cherries and the flesh is delicate and highly perishable. In fact, the flesh used to be discarded when the coffee seeds were extracted from them during harvest. Today these berries are used for their skin care benefits.

Coffee berry extract is the most potent of the natural antioxidants due to its high levels of polyphenols and phenolic acids. Why does it have such powerful antioxidant properties? It is because the plants grow in high altitudes and close to the equator, where the sun’s rays are very strong. The plant actually creates the natural antioxidants to protect itself from the extreme conditions it grows in. As a result, the coffee berry extract prevents fine lines, wrinkles and cellular damage to skin, while reducing the appearance of existing fine lines, sun damage and other visible signs of ageing. This extract also helps to smooth skin and neutralize free radicals. It has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin, which is helpful for those with eczema or dermatitis.

Coffee berry extract is becoming increasingly popular in skin care products for good reason. Be sure to keep an eye out for this impressive ingredient!

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