Coffee for Skin and Hair: Freshly ground coffee does not only smell good, it tastes good and also feels great on skin and hair. Many people love coffee in one form or another. It is one of the best caffeinated beverages to help keep you awake. It is also known for its topical benefits on skin and hair. Five such amazing benefits of coffee are listed below:
Removing Dead Skin Cells
Coffee by nature is in the form of coarse grounds. These grounds don’t dissolve in water like sugar and salt. Therefore coffee can be used like an exfoliant to scrub away dead skin cells. Research has proven that coffee contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. It may also boost collagen production and prevent premature aging. Thus benefits of a good old coffee scrub are plentiful. To make a basic scrub, mix quarter cup coffee grounds, with lemon juice and some brown sugar. Exfoliate the skin with the mixture and leave it applied for a while. You can then wash it away to reveal glowing skin!
For that luscious dark auburn touch to hair, brew some coffee in a pot. Mix it with henna or your favourite dye. Then apply it for a few hours to your hair. The beneficial antioxidants will enter the scalp and condition the hair. Further, the dark brown tones will cover the greys long enough to give your hair a great shade. Wash it off in cool water to reveal amazingly dyed hair in different shades of brown. Oh- and the shine will be splendid!
Just like coffee is a great exfoliant so are its properties as a substance that may remove cellulite. Mix coffee granules in water and scrub with a brush. This action will stimulate blood flow and help the skin recover from the cellulite underneath. Plus the lymphatic drainage that will occur from the brushing will also add positively to the recovery. You can brush every day or two to three times a week. No cellulite means great legs!
Treating Puffy Eyes
Coffee will wake you up literally! And freshen your eyes. The diuretic in the caffeine helps to drain extra fluids from underneath the eyes. Thus, for those who wake up with bags under their eyes or puffy eyes, they can have a simple coffee mask in the mornings. Rub a thick layer of coffee grounds mixed in water under your eyelids right in the mornings while you get ready. Wash it off with cool water to reveal fresh looking eyes for the entire day!
A good coffee scrub will unclog pores, get rid of dead skin cells and remove excess oils from the face. The antioxidants in coffee work wonders on the skin as you rub a mixture of coffee mask on the face. Most skin types may benefit with a topical application of coffee scrub. Please ask your doctor for guidance before following this technique. Some acne which is sensitive may not be suited for this approach.
Thus coffee contains phenomenal compounds that benefit the body , skin and hair. Freshly ground coffee beans are the best compared to the instant coffee mixtures found in convenience stores. However, in emergencies any good coffee will do. Do let us know the progress you make with coffee application. Please consult your doctor before using any ingredient that may affect skin.