Skincare benefits of coffee

Amany Abdel-Moneim , Tuesday 20 Feb 2024

Beyond its morning pick-me-up qualities, coffee extract is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants that can transform your skincare routine and unlock natural radiance

Skincare benefits of coffee
Skincare benefits of coffee

 

In the quest for radiant, youthful skin, beauty enthusiasts often turn to the latest trends and fads. However, amidst the myriad products lining the shelves, there’s one humble ingredient that continues to stand out for its remarkable skincare benefits: coffee. 

Beyond its morning pick-me-up qualities, coffee extract is a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants that can transform your skincare routine and unlock natural radiance. 

Incorporating coffee into your skincare and haircare routine can yield impressive results, but as with any new product, it’s essential to patch-test first, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Whether you’re sipping your morning brew or pampering your skin with a coffee-infused mask, harnessing the power of coffee can lead to healthier, more radiant skin from head to toe. 

 

Here’s how you can incorporate coffee into your daily regimen for glowing, healthy skin:

 

Exfoliation:

Coffee grounds make an excellent natural exfoliant, helping to slough away dead skin cells and reveal smoother, brighter skin underneath. To access this benefit, simply mix one-quarter of a cup of fresh coffee grounds and one-quarter of a cup of brown sugar with enough water or your favourite essential oil to create a gentle scrub. Massage the mixture onto damp skin in circular motions. Let the scrub sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Incorporating this exfoliation step into your routine a few times a week can leave your complexion looking refreshed and revitalised.

 

Reducing puffiness and dark circles:

The caffeine content in coffee isn’t just for perking up your energy levels – it can also work wonders for your under-eye area. Applied topically, caffeine can help to constrict blood vessels, reducing the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. You can create your own DIY eye serum by mixing brewed coffee with aloe vera gel or your favourite essential oil. Gently dab the mixture around your eyes each morning to brighten and de-puff them.

 

Combating cellulite:

Cellulite is a common concern for many, but coffee can offer a simple solution. The caffeine in coffee can help to tighten the skin and improve circulation, reducing the appearance of cellulite over time. Create a homemade coffee scrub by combining coffee grounds with coconut oil and massaging it into problem areas in a circular motion. Regular use can help smooth and firm the skin, diminishing the appearance of cellulite for a smoother silhouette.

 

Treating pimples and acne:

Acne and pimples are a major skin concern for people with oily skin. When a hair follicle gets plugged with oil and dead skin cells, a pimple appears. Coffee has natural exfoliating properties. It can clean debris from pores and inhibit the production of bacteria. It can also help to reduce redness and inflammation. That is why it is great to use it as an active ingredient in a body wash or face cleanser.

 

Preventing skin ageing:

Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which can help to neutralise free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage. Incorporating coffee-infused products into your skincare routine can provide an extra layer of defence against premature ageing and oxidative stress. Look for serums or moisturisers containing coffee extract or coffee seed oil to reap the benefits of these powerful antioxidants.

 

Enhancing hair health:

While we often focus on skincare, coffee can also benefit your hair. The caffeine in coffee can stimulate hair follicles and promote healthy hair growth. Try rinsing your hair with cooled coffee after shampooing to add shine and enhance your natural colour. Additionally, coffee-infused hair masks can help to strengthen and nourish your locks, leaving them soft, shiny, and more manageable.

 

Smoothing the feet:

Coffee may be very effective at cleansing the feet and smoothing and softening the skin as well. The grounds can help to scrape away dead skin cells from the soles of the feet, and the stimulating effects of caffeine may help to increase blood flow and circulation in the area. To make a foot bath, simply brew a few large cups of coffee. Add both the coffee and the used grounds to a small tub. Allow the coffee to cool, so it does not burn the skin. Soak your feet in the coffee and use the grounds to scrub away dead skin cells and then rinse thoroughly..


* A version of this article appears in print in the 22 February, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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