Everyone loves a cup of coffee! Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages.
Actually, I use coffee as my body and face scrub. Amazing! :) Why? My skin becomes so soft every day like a baby.
And I really love the smell of coffee.
What is Coffee?
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species. The genus Coffea is native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, and Réunion in the Indian Ocean.
Everyone recognizes a roasted coffee bean, but you might not recognize an actual coffee plant.
Coffee cherries grow along the branches. Because it grows in a continuous cycle, it’s not unusual to see flowers, green fruit, and ripe fruit simultaneously on a single tree.
It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after first flowering, and about 5 years of growth to reach full fruit production. Coffee trees are pruned short to conserve their energy and aid in harvesting but can grow to more than 30 feet (9 meters) high. Each tree is covered with green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs.
While coffee plants can live up to 100 years, they are generally the most productive between the ages of 7 and 20.
Proper care can maintain and even increase their output over the years, depending on the variety. The average coffee tree produces 10 pounds of coffee cherry per year or 2 pounds of green beans.
All commercially grown coffee is from a region of the world called the Coffee Belt. The trees grow best in rich soil, with mild temperatures, frequent rain, and shaded sun.
You might rely on your morning cup of coffee to boost your energy and metabolism on a daily basis.
While coffee is most widely used as a beverage, it’s also gaining a reputation as an alternative remedy for the skin. This is thanks to its antioxidants, which include phenols that help fight free radicals that can lead to skin damage.
In fact, the American Chemical Society has found that coffee is the most popular source of antioxidants in the United States — even more so than other antioxidant-rich beverages, such as tea and wine.
While a cup of coffee can provide antioxidants internally, the purported skin benefits from coffee are primarily obtained topically. This involves making a mask, scrub, or paste from fresh coffee grounds and applying them to your skin directly.
Learn more about how coffee can directly benefit your skin, and whether these beans really live up to their hype when it comes to skin health.
Keep reading to discover seven reasons why coffee, in all forms, should be part of your beauty and skincare regimen!
20 Benefits of Coffee for Skin That Make You More Beautiful
1. It’s a rich source of antioxidants:
We typically associate antioxidants with power foods like blueberries and pomegranate, but a cup of joe packs a powerful antioxidant punch that’s amazing for overall skin health.
Antioxidants fight premature aging of the skin due to heat, light, pollution, and damaging free radicals. Coffee’s antioxidant power, flavonoids, are released when brewed, so for this particular beauty benefit, drink up!
The environment is full of free radicals (pollution particles, etc.) that wreak havoc on the skin.
However, loading up skin with the antioxidants in coffee protects it and bolsters its natural defenses.
In fact, a study showed that coffee bean extracts can be responsible for skin cell energy preservation due to its free-radical properties.”
2. It protects against harsh sun rays:
UVB is harmful and may even lead to more complicated and life-threatening skin diseases. Protecting your skin with caffeine may protect it against UV carcinogens.
According to another study, caffeine actually inhibits the DNA damage response, thus protecting skin against the adverse effects of UVB. The inhibition of the DNA damage response may offer a therapeutic option for non-melanoma skin cancer.
The protective antioxidant benefits of coffee also extend to your hair—masks or hair products containing java will prevent breakage and enhance shine. Not to mention, leave your mane smelling amazing. Try OGX’s Niacin & Caffeine Shampoo ($6) to give your growth a boost.
When applied topically via eye creams, the caffeine in coffee helps reduce under-eye puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling.
4. Scrub and Smooth
It makes skin smooth and bright: Because of its qualities that signal tissue repair, coffee plays a crucial role in regulating cell re-growth, leading to retained hydration (increased collagen) and increased skin elasticity.
Not only are coffee grounds ideal for making a natural and inexpensive homemade body scrub (check out our cellulite-busting version!), but they’re also effective without being harsh.
Many of nature’s exfoliating properties (think sugar or sand) will slough and smooth skin but aren’t exactly gentle. Softer coffee grounds naturally exfoliate dead skin and will leave it silky smooth sans irritation.
This ingredient works great as a scrub as it is not harsh on the skin. Try a natural scrub by mixing ground coffee, brown sugar, and olive oil. Once you have mixed it well, massage it on your face in circular motions to buff away the dead skin cells.
5. Tighten Up
Because coffee is a diuretic, creams, and serums containing coffee can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by drawing fluid away from fat cells, essentially dehydrating the fat cells. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening effect from the outside. Heck, yes!
Though it seems counterintuitive given its stimulant nature, coffee can actually also calm inflamed and red skin thanks to the same antioxidants that protect it from premature aging.
Do you know how coffee wakes you up in the morning? It does the same thing for your skin. When applied as a face mask, the stimulating properties of coffee improve blood flow and making your skin appear radiant, bright, and, well, alive.
8. It enhances circulation
When coffee promotes blood circulation, it leads to healthy and energized skin, effectively reducing the swelling of tissues and de-puffing areas of the skin. You can also make coffee ice cubes in advance and trace it over the affected area.
9. Scalp exfoliator
Coffee is also a great exfoliator for your scalp. Take a half cup of ground coffee and massage on your wet hair for two minutes. Rinse it off with your regular shampoo and conditioner. This will help to get rid of excess product build-up and dead skin cells.
10. Anti-cellulite body scrub
This genius ingredient is also known as a good body scrub to minimize cellulite. Coffee helps to tighten skin and also reduce the appearance of dimply cellulite.
For the DIY body scrub, mix ground coffee with a spoon of olive oil and sugar. Use this mixture and massage on the affected area in circular motions. You can follow this routine on daily basis, depending on your skin type.
11. Skin brightener
For a radiant and glowing complexion, you can try a coffee mask. Take half a cup of coffee and mix it with few spoons of milk for a thick consistency.
Use this mixture as a face pack for 10-15 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. This face mask will help to get rid of dead skin cells, leaving behind glowing skin.
12. Reduce puffy eyes
Coffee increases circulation and also helps to reduce puffiness as it is high in antioxidant properties. It helps to shrink blood vessels and works great to reduce eye puffiness.
Whenever you make a cup of coffee, keep the grounds aside and let them cool for some time.
Apply the leftover under the eyes and eyelid area for a few minutes and later rinse it off with cold water. For puffy eyes, you can also try the coffee ice cubes hack.
13. Cellulite reduction
Coffee may help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. It’s thought that the caffeine content in coffee is the key to cellulite reduction by dilating blood vessels beneath the skin and improving overall blood flow. In turn, this may help decrease the appearance of cellulite.
This skincare method is thought to best be used via a coffee scrub because the exfoliation can also smooth your skin and provide an even appearance.
Keep reading to find out how to make coffee scrub for cellulite.
14. Calming effects
While coffee is renowned for its stimulating effects inside the body, it may provide the opposite effects when applied topically. This is thanks to the antioxidants in coffee.
15. Anti-aging benefits
Applying coffee directly to your skin may help decrease the appearance of sunspots, redness, and fine lines. In fact, one study found a direct correlation between drinking coffee and a decrease in photoaging effects.
16. Vitamin B-3 for skin cancer
Coffee is a rich source of vitamin B3 (niacin), thanks to a breakdown of a key compound called trigonelline.
However, trigonelline breaks down into niacin after coffee beans have been roasted.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, niacin may be helpful in preventing nonmelanoma skin cancers and can possibly prevent other skin growths.
17. Reduced inflammation
Anti-inflammatory effects may be attributed to chlorogenic acid (CGA) as well as melanoidins in coffee. CGA is also linked to reducing hyperpigmentation that may have a connection with inflammation.
18. Acne treatment
In the case of a wound or frequent skin infections, the regular use of coffee could help combat problems from harmful bacteria.
The CGAs in coffee has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Combined with the natural exfoliation of coffee grounds, all these benefits can collectively fight acne.
19. Dark circles
Coffee may also help treat stubborn dark circles under the eyes, according to Beverly Hills MD Cosmeceuticals. This is because the caffeine content in coffee is thought to help dilate blood vessels that contribute to dark circles.
To use coffee for dark under-eye circles:
- Combine ½ tsp each of coffee grounds and olive oil. Add in a couple of drops of water to make a small paste in your hand.
- Gently pat underneath your eyes without rubbing.
- Leave the mixture on for five to ten minutes.
- Rinse off with water or gently wipe the mask with a soft cloth. Repeat as often as needed.
20. After-sun care
The same anti-aging benefits from a coffee can also be used for post-sun care. The key here is to make a soothing treatment that your sunburned skin will appreciate — not a mask or a scrub as you would for other skin ailments.
To make a coffee-based skin treatment for a sunburn:
- Brew a fresh cup of coffee. Then, dilute it with cold water.
- Place a soft cloth or a study paper towel in the water and wring out any excess.
- Gently dab the cloth on the affected areas of skin.
- Repeat several times a day until redness and swelling start to subside.
How to make a coffee face mask
There are many different ways to make a coffee face mask at home. The best way is to mix coffee grounds with a noncomprehending ingredient (meaning it won’t clog your pores).
Here’s one recipe to try:
- Mix together equal parts of olive oil and coffee grounds.
- Apply to your face in a circular motion.
- Leave the mask on between 15 and 60 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water. Repeat up to three times per week.
The bottom line
Coffee is a multipurpose product that can potentially offer a variety of skincare benefits. Still, it’s a good idea to follow up with your dermatologist if you’re not seeing the desired results after several weeks of treatment.
Be sure to give any new skin treatment at least a few weeks before moving on to another treatment, whether it’s coffee-based or not.
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