Coffee is sometimes touted as bad for your health, especially when you drink large amounts of it and get all that caffeine. However, it can actually be very good for you, not just in consumption, but on your skin as well! Keep reading to learn about all the amazing ways you can use coffee for your skin and other natural beauty remedies.
The texture of finely ground coffee beans is perfect to be used for exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Take a look at these different ways you can use coffee for beauty.
Make Your Own Coffee Scrub
Coffee is the perfect consistency to use as a scrub for your skin once it has been ground up. You want to use freshly ground coffee, making sure it is ground finely. Do not use instant coffee for this! Take your coffee grounds, and add some coconut oil and your preferred type of coarse sugar. Both white and brown sugar work well for the scrub. You can then add in a little bit of oil like jojoba oil with some essential oils. Vanilla is good to use with the coffee scrub. This is best when used on your body in the shower, as it will go down the drain without clogging it.
There is really no limit to how often you use the coffee scrub. Since it is used primarily as an exfoliator, you want to use it when you need to smooth and condition your skin, whether that is once a week, once a month, or even every few days.
Remove Scalp Buildup
If you have buildup on your scalp, the coarseness of coffee can help a lot with exfoliating it. It removes dead skin cells and any buildup from your hair styling products or leave-in conditioner. Just grab your freshly ground coffee and apply a handful to your scalp after your hair has been wet. Rub it onto your scalp just like you would any shampoo, leave it for about a minute, and rinse off. You can then use your regular shampoo and conditioner to make sure all the coffee is cleaned from your hair and scalp.
If you have a condition of your scalp, like seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis, you might want to talk to your doctor or dermatologist before using coffee on your scalp. While it is safe to use for most people, it’s possible you will have a negative reaction. You should also not use it if you have any open sores on your scalp.
Reduce Your Puffy Eyes
Another beauty option you have for using coffee is to reduce the puffiness of your tired eyes. Coffee doesn’t just perk up your mind anymore! To use coffee on your puffy eyes, you first need to brew a fresh cup or pot of coffee, and set it aside to cool. You are not using the coffee, but the coffee grounds itself that have been brewed, so use a regular coffee maker and not a Keurig. Take the coffee grounds once they have cooled and apply them directly to your puffy eyes, being careful to avoid your eyes and only touch the skin around them. Let them sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.
Use it on Your Feet
Lastly, you can exfoliate your feet with the coffee. Use an organic brand of coffee to get some extra antioxidants and create a scrub with the coffee grounds and some coconut oil. This will remove dead skin cells and leave behind soft feet that are ready for your summer sandals.
More Health Benefits of Coffee
Keep in mind that while it is amazing for your skin and natural beauty, that is not the only way to use it! Here are some other health benefits of drinking more coffee:
Increase your fiber – Coffee is an excellent source of fiber! If you have digestive issues or trouble getting going in the morning, try adding a cup of coffee to your routine.
Fill you up between meals – If you struggle with cravings or a big appetite, and are trying to eat healthy or lose weight, coffee can definitely help. Having a cup of coffee in the morning or between meals can fill up your tummy with something that has no calories or sugar (unless you add creamer and sugar), and keep you full until your next meal.
Reduce chronic pain – Studies are still being done to explain why it reduces pain, but many people have noticed that when they have chronic pain, it is lessened slightly when they drink a moderate amount of coffee each day.