Updated: Dec 19, 2022
I will be the first to confess that I LOVE COFFEE. I look forward to my morning coffee far more than I care to admit. I would take a cup of coffee with friends over a glass of wine any day. Over the years I have known plenty of people aim to give up caffeine for “health benefits”. Of course, if you prefer decaf and for any reason find it is healthier for you than I support your choice. But for me I stayed strong with my caffeinated beverages and my love for coffee only grew. Fast forward to the ever-growing skincare market of 2022 and 2023 and the benefits of coffee have now been harnessed to also give us great skin! So, what are the skincare benefits of coffee?
Cellulite reduction: It is thought that the caffeine content in coffee is the key to cellulite reduction by dilating blood vessels beneath the skin and improving overall blood flow. So, the application of coffee-based skin products can help to decrease the appearance of cellulite.
Calming effects: Because coffee contains antioxidants it creates a calming effect on your skin. This is great at helping with inflammatory skin conditions and redness.
Anti-aging benefits: Applying a coffee face mask to your skin may also help to decrease the appearance of sunspots, redness, and fine lines.
Vitamin B-3 for skin cancer:
Coffee is a rich source of vitamin B3 (niacin), thanks to a breakdown of a key compound called trigonelline. Trigonelline breaks down into niacin after coffee beans have been roasted. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, niacin may be helpful in preventing nonmelanoma skin cancers and can possibly prevent other skin growths.
Acne treatment: For wound or frequent skin infections, the regular use of coffee could help reduce problems from harmful bacteria. Coffee in skincare has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Combined with the natural exfoliation of coffee grounds, all these benefits work together to fight acne.
Dark circles: Coffee may also help treat stubborn dark circles under the eyes. This is because the caffeine content in coffee is thought to help dilate blood vessels that contribute to dark circles.
After-sun care: The same anti-aging benefits from coffee can also be used for post-sun care. The key here is to use a soothing treatment that your sunburned skin will appreciate.
One of the best examples I have of using coffee in my skincare routine is my weekly use of a coffee sheet face mask from Pelle Naturale. Alongside my regular cup of coffee that wakes me up in the morning this face mask is also energizing and perfect to use on a lazy Sunday morning, to get you in shape for the working week, or before a night out with loved ones.
The mask contains kohhii ekisu (arabica coffee) that energises the skin both lifting and brightening it by increasing the blood flow to your face. With regular use the coffee face mask is a natural way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In just one use you can see the difference by the reduced puffiness and glowing finish.