Over the last few decades, huge steps have been made in the quest to discover the cosmetic properties of coffee. And while it’s true that these virtues were once only a product of popular belief, instead today, scientific research is not only backing them up, but also introducing us to additional, new ones.
It’s no coincidence that, in addition to the recommended uses for ground coffee or for our favourite beverage, coffee is also gaining popularity as an ingredient in cosmetic products, thanks to its incredible properties and clinically proven effectiveness.
We’ve written various articles on the benefits coffee can have on the hair and skin. Today we’re reminding you of three truly interesting ones.
Coffee as a facial skincare aid
Coffee has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties, and it stimulates the microcirculation, making the skin clear and radiant.
Its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties are due to the presence of antioxidants. As we know, these are substances that counteract the damaging action of free radicals, and they give coffee its ability to regenerate the skin cells.
Another important effect of stimulating the blood circulation is the fact that this reduces dark eyes. In a specific article on this problem we saw how to create a face mask using coffee grounds. Try it out, but be very gentle, taking care not to scrape the epidermis, exactly the same way as you use scrub masks and creams, then let us know how it goes!
How coffee benefits the skin on your body
You can also use coffee grounds to make a fabulous body scrub and, due to the properties described in the previous paragraph, enjoy all its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating benefits.
And even if we leave aside the properties mentioned above, the simple massaging action used to apply a grainy mixture like coffee grounds will remove any dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin.
As we saw in the article dedicated to coffee scrub, a natural anticellulite aid, preparing this beauty treatment at home is a simple, easy activity.
We recommend you apply it after a relaxing warm shower or, if you have more time, after a hot bath, so that the skin on the surface is already softened and removing it with the scrub does not require you to rub it too aggressively. Insist in the spots with more cellulite or where the skin is drier, for example, on elbows and heels.
After the scrub, it is extremely important to use a nourishing, moisturising cream, leaving it on all night and reapplying it in the morning. This will reinvigorate your skin, making it rosier and more radiant.
How coffee benefits your hair
Hair can also benefit from the glossy look added by coffee. In fact, by stimulating the microcirculation, coffee tends to reactivate the scalp, reduce free radicals, and allow the hair to grow healthy and strong.
And that’s not all: did you know that coffee can be used as a natural dye for grey hair? Find out how in our dedicated article.