National Coffee Day is September 29! To celebrate, we are diving into all the benefits that coffee offers to the skin.
You may start out your day by enjoying a cup of coffee in hopes of increasing your energy and metabolism, but did you know, each time you take a sip of the delectable drink, you may also be giving your skin a boost? Coffee contains powerful nutrients and antioxidants that may improve the appearance and health of your skin, scalp, and hair. Coffee contains polyphenols, which are a category of compounds that act as antioxidants and help protect against UV rays and signs of aging, among other health benefits. Drinking a cup of joe isn’t the only way to help your skin look and feel better; you can use coffee externally in several ways as well.
Exfoliation & Diminished Acne
Using fresh coffee grounds as a facial and body exfoliant helps scrub away dead skin cells, unclog pores, and lessen the appearance of acne. By combining fresh coffee grounds with equal parts brown sugar and lemon juice, you can use the mixture as an exfoliant 2-3 times a week.
Blood Flow Stimulation
Coffee can stimulate blood flow and dilate blood vessels. This can reduce inflammation and puffiness in areas around the eyes and help naturally tighten the skin. By creating a paste using brewed coffee and grounds, you can dab the mask in whatever area you’d like to see improvement and wash off once dry.
Drinking coffee or applying it as a mask can help deliver antioxidants to your body, which can reduce signs of aging and sun damage caused by UV rays from sun exposure. It also boosts collagen levels and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Using fresh, wet coffee grounds regularly as a scrub can help smooth your skin, stimulate blood flow, and soften areas of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee is also very effective in topically slimming stubborn areas prone to cellulite.
Renewed Hair & Scalp
Because of coffee’s acidity, applying it to your hair and scalp can help rebalance natural pH levels and stimulate hair growth. You can rub coffee grounds into your scalp and rinse your hair with cold, brewed coffee.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Coffee holds a rich source of vitamin B3 (niacin), due to a breakdown of a compound called trigonelline. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, niacin may be helpful in preventing nonmelanoma skin cancers and can possibly prevent other skin growths.
If you have been out in the sun, you can make a coffee-based skin treatment to soothe sunburned skin. Take a cup of coffee and add cold water, then dip a soft washcloth into the mixture and dab onto the affected areas daily until redness and irritation subside.
Coffee is such a versatile product and can offer a multitude of skincare benefits. Try one of the above at-home remedies and let us know if you see results! Always remember, if you have a new or persistent skin condition and need to seek treatment, we recommend scheduling an exam with a licensed dermatology professional.
With an expert team of physicians, APRNs, and PAs, FLDSCC diagnoses and treats skin cancers, as well as skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, dry skin, rashes, warts and more, with the latest technological options.
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