Have I got news for you! Grab your fluffiest towel and prepare your java bath! Caffeine can repair damaged skin. According to the latest research, women who consume six or more cups of coffee daily are 30% less likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma. “Animal studies suggest that caffeine encourages UV damaged skin cells to commit suicide,” says Alan Coney, PhD director of Rutgers University’s Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research.* In other words, the damage that has accrued from previous sunburns can actually be undone to a certain extent by caffeine allowing new and healthy cells to take their place. The same research shows that each 225 ml cup of coffee a woman drank daily was associated with a 5% decrease in nonmelanoma skin cancer risk.
*Cosmopolitan, May 2008