WAKE UP YOUR SKIN ROUTINE
THERE ARE GROUNDS FOR USING COFFEE ON YOUR SKIN AS A MASK, SCRUB OR PASTE TO CLEANSE, IMPROVE APPEARANCE AND MAYBE SLOW THE AGEING PROCESS
Most of us love to drink it, whether it is in the form of an espresso martini, short black, latte or liqueur. Coffee is trending: just check the 105 million posts on Instagram.
It is also fast gaining a reputation as an alternative remedy for skin care and the beauty industry has jumped onboard.
While coffee can provide antioxidants internally, the skin’s benefits from coffee are primarily obtained topically.
Coffee masks, scrubs or pastes are now applied to the skin directly.
So, don’t go throwing out your ground beans. Instead, turn them into your daily beauty regime.
It is thought that the caffeine content in coffee is the key to cellulite reduction because it helps dilate the blood vessels beneath the skin and improve overall blood flow.
One thing we are all trying to stop is the ageing process, and adding coffee directly to your skin may help decrease the appearance of sun spots, redness and fine lines.
Using a good coffee scrub or paste can also help anti-inflammatory affected areas on your body.
Coffee has CGA (chlorogenic acid) that is linked to reducing hyper-pigmentation that may have a connection to inflammation.
We all get them and want to get rid of them: the dreaded dark circles.
Coffee may help treat stubborn dark circles under the eyes because the caffeine in coffee helps dilate the blood vessels that contribute to dark circles.
I have found the best beauty hack for this:
Helping to erase dark circles
Combine 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 the skin for 5–10 minutes
Rinse off with water or gently wipe the mask with a soft cloth.
Repeat as often as needed.
There are many ways to make a coffee face mask at home. The best way is to mix coffee grounds with a non-comedogenic ingredient (something that won’t clog your pores).
Here’s one I prepared earlier: Coffee mask
Mix together equal parts olive oil and coffee grounds
Apply to your face in a circular motion Leave mask on for 15–60 minutes
Rinse off with warm water. Repeat up to three times a week.
At the end of the day, coffee is a multi-purpose product that can offer more benefits than just your morning buzz.
It’s always a good idea to check with your dermatologist if you’re not seeing a desired result.
Like all good skin treatments, you need to allow a few weeks before seeing a result and opting to move on to another treatment.
If you don’t have the time to create your own coffee beauty products, retail outlets across the country are stocking some amazing coffee products to test and try yourself.