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 phenols that help fight free radicals that can lead to skin damage. Caffeine has become a popular ingredient in skin care products ranging from under-eye serums to face masks to anti-cellulite creams and beyond.
Coffee is very rich in antioxidants and has a far higher content than even fruits and vegetables. This makes it a great remedy for skin damage caused by UV rays from exposure to the sun. Moreover, coffee’s diuretic properties are know to help treat Rosaceae, relieving the discomfort caused by redness and irritation due to sun damage.
Another one of the great benefits of coffee on skin is reducing cellulite. This is so because the caffeine in coffee dilates blood vessels beneath the skin improving blood flow, dehydrates your fatty cells, causing the cellulite to appear diminished and making your skin look much smoother. In fact, studies have shown that body butters which listed caffeine as an ingredient are up to 17% more effective when it comes to cellulite reduction.
Treating Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
Yet another advantage of coffee is its ability to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, caffeine can minimize the accumulation of blood under your eyes, therefore preventing dark circles. It is so effective that almost every product marketed as a way to erase dark circles has a certain amount of caffeine in its formula. It is important to note that dark circles and under-eye puffiness can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, sleep deprivation, and allergies. All of these need to be addressed to truly achieve healthy vibrant skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties in Caffeine make it a great way to get rid of any redness and swelling on your face and skin. When applied to the skin, caffeine’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and soothe skin inflamed by sun exposure. Though it is best to avoid overexposure to the sun in the first place.
The key to having beautiful skin is to have healthy skin, and the best way to achieve this is to make sure that you are protected from viruses, fungi, and bacteria that can harm your face and affect your skin.
How should you use coffee to get the amazing benefits?
Coffee is found in moisturizers, body scrubs and you can even use coffee water as a face wash.
Directions: Mix together coffee, pure aloe vera gel, and vitamin E oil in a 2:1:1 ratio, then apply the mixture and massage onto your skin. Make sure that the coffee you use is finely ground to achieve the best results. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Your skin will be well moisturized and you may not need to add any additional.
Face Wash/Scrub Recipe
Directions: Mix coffee grounds and Epson salt in warm. Filter the water and use this to wash your face. Afterwards, use the same coffee grounds to massage and exfoliate your face, rinsing again with the same coffee water. Pat skin dry and apply a small amount Caramel Latte Whipped Body Butter and allow to absorb fully.
Lotions and moisturizers often use coffee butter or an infusion of coffee beans and oils to realize the amazing benefits. Using it in this way give you more benefits as it is not rinsed off like a body scrub, but it is absorbed into the skin. It is important to note that lotions (or anything that contains water or alcohols) generally evaporate and don't absorb all the way to your subcutaneous layer of skin. This is the third layer deep within your skin that is made up mostly of fat cells and connective tissue.
Body butters are usually nonaqueous (should not contain water, but as always check the labels), so it will absorb deeply allowing your skin to eat up all the healing properties. I use a slow process infusion method to make the Caramel Latte Whipped Body Butter using roasted Arabica Coffee Beans, Caramelized Vanilla Sugar, Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil.