Coffee is best known as a source of nutrients and antioxidants that helps tighten your skin and protects it from free radicals. It also helps in reducing hair fall and making your hair shiny and long. Coffee can also use it to exfoliate the skin and scalp, treat acne, increase blood flow, and balance pH levels.
Here are some benefits of coffee for your skin and hair that you can easily try out at home.
Coffee benefits for skin
- Coffee soothes inflammation
The anti-inflammatory properties contained in coffee makes it useful in reducing redness in your skin and inflammation. Using coffee skincare products can reduce and also prevent inflammation and redness and tone your skin beautifully.
- Coffee treats under eye dark circles
Under eye dark circles can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from dehydration, to allergies, lack of sleep , stress and even genetics. Research has shown that caffeine cannot cure hereditary dark circles, however, its anti-inflammatory helps in reducing puffiness and inflammation associated with dark circles. The caffeine in coffee helps reduce the clustering of blood under your eyes. These accumulation often contribute to dark circles. Caffeine also helps in tightening the skin and reduces the puffiness of the eyes.
However, if you don’t have easy access to coffee,you can go for tea bags. They contain caffeine also. All you need do is place the moist tea bags under your eyes for some minutes. Let it work its magic on your dark circles
- Reduces cellulite
Coffee can help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. Caffeine present in skin care products can dehydrate fatty cells. This results in the water disappearing from the surface of your skin. This minimizes the appearance of cellulite, thus providing you with a smoother skin. You can try using fresh, wet coffee grounds or instant coffee to scrub and exfoliate areas of cellulite. This exfoliation may also help smooth the skin and stimulate blood flow.
- Fight free radicals
Free radicals stimulate premature aging. This usually results in sudden wrinkling,loss of elasticity and fine lines.
The anti-oxidants contained in caffeine The antioxidants contained can attack these free radicals and eliminate them. Hence, improving the overall appearance of your skin. For this reason, caffeine is widely used in anti-ageing day and night creams in conjunction with retinol.
- Tightens skin
This is another added benefit of caffeine. Using it topically can tighten fine lines and smooth puffy skin. Caffeine used in creams is absorbed by your skin to firm and tighten its appearance. It also inhibits the growth of skin cancer cells. Beauty products have started incorporating caffeine as it can guarantee provide you with a flawless appearance.
- Exfoliates your skin
Coffee grounds are perfect for exfoliating your skin. This is because, grounds do not dissolve in water, which makes them good at scrubbing away dead skin cells.
Studies has shown that substances in coffee also help to promote healthy skin. Caffeic acid, an antioxidant, may boost collagen levels and reduce the premature aging of cells.
Caffeic acid also has antimicrobial properties, which can help protect the skin against germs.
Here’s how you can make a simple exfoliating scrub:
- one-quarter cup fresh coffee grounds
- one-quarter cup brown sugar
enough lemon juice for the desired consistency
- Scrub the mixture into the skin once every few days after washing the body.
- Let the scrub sit on the skin for a few minutes, then rinse it off.
- Foot bath
Coffee, especially when mixed with coconut oil can be very effective at cleansing the feet and smoothing and softening the skin.
The grounds can help 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.
How to do
- Mix together ½ cup of coffee powder and add some coconut oil to make a paste.
- Apply this on your foot and scrub it in a circular motion.
- This will help in removing the dead skin cells.
- Wait for 10-15 minutes and scrub it off using lukewarm water
Coffee benefits for hair
- Hair coloring
Coffee works best in enhancing your hair color especially if you detest or are tired of your hair color. It helps in making your hair darker and shinier. This is totally natural and does not have any side effects.
How to do
- Brew a few large cups of strong coffee and allow it to cool.
- Add the coffee to large basin. Have a clean cup and a hair elastic or shower cap handy.
- Lean head-first over the basin.
- Using the cup, scoop up the coffee and pour it onto the head so that all the hair is thoroughly soaked.
- Wring the hair out gently, then arrange it in a bun or use the shower cap.
- Leave the coffee to soak for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
- Rinse the hair in the shower.
- For a darker color, repeat the process
- Scalp scrub
Scrubbing your scalp is just as important as scrubbing your skin. It helps keep your scalp healthy and very clean. Scrubbing your scalp helps in removing the buildup and dead skin cells.
How to scalp scrub
- mix together some coffee powder and some conditioner that you can use regularly.
- Gently scrub this mixture on your scalp and leave it for a few minutes.
- Leave it in for 20 minutes.
- Rinse it thoroughly after 20 minutes and rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
- Repeat this once in a weak for a healthy scalp
- Treats hair loss
Caffeine, when applied topically, penetrates into the hair roots and stimulates them. Asides from preventing male baldness and hair loss, it stimulates the hair roots in the scalps of women and triggers stronger hair growth. For this to be effective, allow the caffeine-containing shampoo to stay on your scalp for two minutes so that it can penetrate the hair roots
10 Fun facts about coffee
- Coffee dates back to 800 A.D.
- Coffee beans are technically seeds.
- Coffee cherries can be eaten as food
- There are two main types of coffee: Arabica and Robusta.
- The world’s most expensive coffee can cost more than $600 a pound
- Multiple people have tried to ban coffee.
- You can overdose on coffee
- Coffee drinkers tend to live longer
- Decaf does not mean caffeine-free
- The word “coffee” comes from the Arabic word for “wine.