This week's article is a guest post by Olivia Moore, the co-writer at Fourth Estate Coffee.
Many of us drink a cup of coffee each day to help us overcome those sluggish mornings. In fact, 64% of Americans drink a cup off coffee each day to increase energy and even improve metabolism.
Excessive consumption of coffee isn’t a good idea, but when used moderately, coffee promotes healthy living. This wonderful beverage contains caffeine which can improve mood, reduces fatigue, and increases alertness. Caffeine helps you maintain an active, sharp mind, and also reduces the risk of Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases.
Your daily morning energizer not only uplifts your mood but naturally boosts your skin too. Coffee is rich in antioxidants that defend your skin from free radicals. Caffeine protects the skin from harmful UV rays that can lead to life-threatening skin diseases. Light roast coffee repairs tissues and plays an important role in balancing cell re-growth and increases skin elasticity.
It works like magic when used as a scrub. It penetrates the skin and brings out a glow.
A cup of coffee serves as an antioxidant internally, and ground coffee face masks benefit you externally. Keep reading to uncover the secrets of gorgeous skin with your favorite drink.
Here are 5 benefits of coffee for the skin.
5 benefits of coffee for the skin
1. Reduces cellulite
Cellulite is common, about 80% - 90% of females have cellulite. Some have dimply skin, but for some, the cellulite shows up when skin gets pinched.
Coffee is a genius hack for cellulite reduction. It minimizes the appearance of dimply cellulite and helps in skin tightening. Coffee perks us with caffeine that dilates the blood vessels and improves blood flow, resulting in the reduction of cellulite from the skin.
It also reduces the growth of cell causing skin cancer. Application of caffeine-based cream can give you flawless, smooth glowing skin with a tightening effect. Achieving beautiful skin is easy and cheap, there’s no need for buying expensive cosmetics when you can DIY at home.
Head towards your kitchen and get started by mixing ground coffee with some olive oil and sugar, make a body scrub out of this and massage over the affected area for about 30 minutes in a circular motion. You can follow this routine on a regular basis, depending on the type of your skin.
Here's some incredible news for those suffering from redness and breakouts: coffee is widely known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
The inclusion of caffeine coupled with antioxidant substance hydrocinnamic and polyphenols acids are responsible for anti-inflammatory properties. It tamps down inflammation and redness of the skin.
In one study, scientists injected a compound that causes inflammation into the human immune cell and then added caffeine. The result was surprising; caffeine actually prevented the compound from the inflammatory effect. Coffee is a safe, natural way to reduce skin inflammation and redness.
Simply massage the ground coffee in the distressed area for about 15 minutes to get rid of breakouts and redness.
3. Great exfoliator
Besides being an excellent drink, coffee has proven to be a natural exfoliator too, for all type of skin. It removes dry, dead skin leaving a perfectly radiant glow.
Its antioxidants eliminate toxins and rejuvenate your skin naturally and combat the damage caused by harmful UV rays. There are many coffee-based creams and serums available in the market for exfoliating skin, but you can accomplish the same outcome with your favorite home ground coffee. It's cost-effective, home-made solution.
To create a mild, natural scrub, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil into 2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Mix these ingredients and gently rub this into your face and neck area for about 5-7 minutes. Leave this scrub for 5 minutes to moisturize your skin deeply; this will allow your skin to receive the benefits of the coffee.
4. Reduces dark circles
Caffeine also reduces dark circles and the puffiness under your eyes by improving blood circulation.
Dark circles are caused by a lack of sleep, improper diet, and allergies. They can also be genetic. Although caffeine does not cure hereditary black circles, it can reduce the inflammation and puffiness you might experience around your eyes.
Most of us ignore the dark circles but they can get darker with time. Coffee masks have proven to be very effective on dark circles. The antioxidants present in the coffee help remove fine lines and wrinkles near the eye.
Mix a tablespoon of ground coffee with some aloe vera extract and vitamin E oil and apply under your eyes for 20 minutes. After this amount of time, just rinse it off. Continue this process regularly to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes.
You can also use coffee bags. Put the moist coffee bag on your eyes for 5 minutes and reduce your dark circles without investing much time.
5. Skin lightening
The antioxidants present in coffee revive tired and dull skin by delivering needed nutrients to the pores. Caffeine increases the blood circulation to help brighten your skin. Coffee adds shine to your complexion and rejuvenates it. A coffee facial scrub prevents clogging of pores and gives a smooth texture to the skin. It contains healthy antioxidants which make it completely safe to apply on the face. Coffee has also been shown to help stop fungal and bacterial infections.
Get spotless glowing skin at home by mixing two simple ingredients. Add one tablespoon of coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons of milk creating a thick paste. Apply the paste to your face and neck area. Leave the paste for 20 minutes. Wet your hands and face with water then gently scrub your skin with this paste for about a few seconds. Then rinse off the paste and gently pat dry your face.
Scrubbing the face helps to remove all the dead cells and gives you perfect radiant skin.
These are just a few more reasons to enjoy your favorite beverage. And make sure you buy the best home espresso machine so that you can brew yourself the perfect cup of coffee. If you know of any other ways coffee can benefit your skin please leave them in the comment section below.
Olivia Moore is an avid traveler, has a quest for adventure and is a coffee junkie. She co-writes at Fourth Estate Coffee. She lives to travel and explore and can never say no to a well-made cup of coffee.