Coffee is great to wake up to but is coffee good for our skin? The metabolism-boosting wonder drink is consumed the world over and boasts a number of health benefits.
But did you know it can have amazing benefits for your skin?
Let’s dive in found out how you can directly benefit from using coffee in your skincare routine.
Coffee is Packed with Vitamins
Coffee can trace its history all the way back to the 8th Century AD. Before it was the worlds most popular drink, it was used as medicine.
Coffee is good for our skin, as it is a natural, non-toxic product that is packed with nutrients beneficial to your skin and hair.
It contains Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacinamide) and B5 (Pantothenic Acid).
Vitamin B2 helps our skin to stay toned and assist in balancing oil production. This is especially helpful for people with acne-prone skin.
Vitamin B3 Niacinamide has been shown to act as an antioxidant, helping our skin defend itself against free radicals. It also hydrates our skin helping it to stay more firm and elastic.
Vitamin B5 is anti-inflammatory, meaning it helps to soothe red and irritated skin. All of the vitamins work together to make coffee a natural powerhouse when it comes to organic skincare products.
It Can Enhance Blood Flow to your Skin
To have healthy skin, we need a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients. It’s understood that coffees caffeine content dilates the blood vessels beneath our skin, allowing for enhanced blood flow.
This is beneficial for both the skin and hair, as increased circulation provides additional nutrients, and stops the build-up of waste products, such as free radicals.
If our skin doesn’t receive enough oxygenated blood, it can become discolored, looking paler. It will become more prone to breakouts becoming less effective as a protective barrier between us and the outside world. This can result in signs of premature aging, such as increased fine lines and wrinkles.
Coffee Cosmetic Products can benefit the environment
Coffee is good for our skin and keeps us awake but it can have a massive impact on the environment. From the coffee pods to the grounds themselves, coffee has a lot of wasteful byproducts.
One of the biggest coffee by-products is coffee grounds. ‘When the grounds end up in landfill, they decompose to produce methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 20 times the global warming capacity of carbon dioxide.’
When we reuse coffee grounds in cosmetic scrubs or face masks, you stop them from ending up in landfills. Plus they don’t dissolve in water, making them an excellent exfoliant for getting rid of dead skin cells.
Coffee leaves are another waste byproduct. Recent studies have found that they house large components of coffee bio-active compounds, specifically those that can provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Utilizing the leaves in skincare products, such as serums and aftershave, would prevent further coffee waste.
What products are most effective with coffee?
You’ll find both coffee and it’s grounds in many products. Some of the most popular are scrubs.
Coffee scrubs used recycled coffee grounds as the base for an exfoliant scrub. Here you get the best of both worlds, with grounds working to remove dead skin cells and, when combined with water, will release the coffees nutrients into your skin.
A scrub can be used on both your face and body, making this a great two for one.
Coffee masks provide your handsome mug that will access all the nutrients of coffee over a longer time period. You’ll generally leave these on for between 30-45 minutes, giving your skin ample time to absorb the nutrients. can also be used in masks.
From a multitude of vitamins to addressing inflammation, coffee is a fantastic product not just to drink but also for your skin.
Given it helps both your mug and the environment we want to know, will you use coffee in skincare? What products do you reckon you’ll try it with?
As always, let us know below.