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No coffee lover will deny that behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee. It is not a mere word anymore but a culture now! It has become the best morning companion for countless people. It drives away the drowsiness, refreshes the head and lifts up the mood, making the success so obvious. It sure rejuvenates the system on the inside but there are other remarkable benefits of a daily brew. It has a high antioxidant capacity which can help improve circulation. The improved blood circulation enhances the functioning of the heart, reducing the risk of heart disease or developing Alzheimer. Also, it has turned out to be great for another part of the body i.e., our Skin. Well, coffee scrub is a magic potion with innumerable skin benefits.
Benefits of Coffee Scrub for Face and Skin
Coffee can help you get that desired glowing complexion which is only mostly looked at on TV screens or photoshop filters on the phones, it really is possible to acquire that natural gleam by using it orderly.
1. Reduces Inflammation
Are you suffering from breakouts? Not for long now. We have found the magic beans for you. Caffeine reduces inflammation and redness on the skin. The cosmetic industry suggests that fixing the inner layer of the skin, called the Dermis, is more essential and coffee helps exactly with this. Caffeine makes it easy to obtain flawless, radiant skin and also holds back the ageing process of the skin.
With this, it also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Regular consumption actually affects the immune system, it is partially able to block inflammation. So feel free and enjoy a cup of youth and good skin every day.
Just like berries, tea, chocolate and wine – coffee is also a rich source of antioxidants and like these other foods coffee has a vibrant and deep colour. It does cause DNA damage, but this slows down the ageing process and who does not like to stay young! In addition, it also protects the skin against ultraviolet radiation hence, prevents the damage caused by heavy sun exposure.
A little less known fact is also that caffeine helps reduce cavities and boosts athletic performance. If you are thinking about the types of antioxidants present in it then you may count- caffeic acid compounds, chlorogenic acids and eugenol mostly.
3. Gentle Exfoliant
Coffee beans are magic beans because they can be used in all form and structure- finely ground coffee makes an excellent exfoliant. It helps scrub away the dead skin cells and increases blood flow. Also eliminates dark spots left from acne, blackheads, and stubborn suntans. In fact, it reverses the damage of UV the rays and it only gets better if mixed with coconut oil as coconut oil suits all skin types. So basically, you can restore all the damage done.
4. Reduces Cellulite
The functions mentioned above of increasing circulation and blood flow actually makes it one of the best contenders in the topical fight against cellulite. Caffeine has been tied to a lipolytic effect which means that it essentially breaks down fat. It does so by dehydrating fatty cells which causes the water and fat to disappear from the surface of the skin. In fact, a research study at the University of Sao Paulo has proven that the application of skin cream consisting caffeine reduced the size of cellulite fat cells by 17%.
5. Reduces Puffiness under eyes
Caffeine is full of various compounds including methylxanthine which has a diuretic effect and this aids in reducing swollen tissues due to excess fluid retention.
If mixed with vitamins and proteins like egg whites – you will be able to see the difference on your face, the skin will become firm and tight as they shrink the blood vessels and remove water content. Hence, reducing the dark circles.
6. Brightens Skin
With so many qualities and functions, it does not stand back on this simple yet major function of brightening the skin tone. Also, it has a killer aroma and that’s how it helps to invigorate all our senses. It revives the dull and tired skin by ushering the required nutrients into the pores. Even many cosmetic brands incorporate coffee in their products to improve the effectiveness of the users’ skin. It smoothens the skin and makes it even toned.
7. Shrinks Dark Circles
Coffee really is an eye-opener, isn’t it? Given the increased function in circulation, caffeine increases the microcirculation of blood in the skin. This process effectively pushes along stagnant blood from the dark, tired eyes and helps remove dark circles. If you really want to apply coffee as an eye opener then might as well do it in the morning as its application can affect sleep (negatively).
8. Easy on the Pockets
With progress in skin care options and treatments, coffee scrubs without any doubt would be best to try out. It’s always handy, cheaper than branded creams-exfoliants-scrubs and face wash. Many times we spend an ample amount of time on the internet surfing and searching for fancy products that are hard to find in stores. Coffee, on the other hand, is available and accessible everywhere. For certain problems mentioned above, our first instinct is consulting a dermatologist which again costs a fortune with the consultation and prescription. But coffee is a natural ingredient like coconut oil or aloe vera or other organic essential elements. It can be used without a prescription or spending a lot of money on bottled products out of a drug store.
9. All Natural
Mostly store-bought products contain synthetic colours, added fragrance, sodium, lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens (which is a whole family of chemicals) or Kojic acid which is an agent produced by several species of fungi, it is a by-product of the fermentation process of malting rice. All these elements are as harmful as they sound and we’ve been using these for decades, so let’s stop this now. The contemporary mantra is – the more natural the better! Coffee scrub works on all skin, if you have dry skin – mix coconut oil, or if the skin is oily – mix brown sugar. These are all components of a regular kitchen pantry. Hence, all natural and all feasible.
Here are some DIY coffee scrub ideas for regular use
First things first, Rejuvenation! Make use of the antioxidant that coffee is by using this Coffee, Cocoa and Cream face mask.
1. Coffee Face Mask
2 tbsp ground coffee (fresh or used)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp whole milk, heavy cream (or yoghurt)
1 tbsp honey
How To Use: Mix all the ingredients together and apply a light coat to face. Leave it for 15 minutes then remove with a warm washcloth or wet cotton.
2. Body Scrub
For reducing cellulite
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
How to use: Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Wash your body then massage this scrub on to wet skin for about 1-2 minutes per area (where you are targeting cellulite). Rinse with warm water.
3. Face Scrub (overall use)
Works as a good exfoliant and helps solve dry skin problems. Enhances the process of producing new skin cells, leading to a glowing effect on the skin.
3 tbsp coffee grounds (fresh)
1 tbsp natural oil – olive, grape seed. coconut, almond (any)
1 tbsp brown sugar
How to use: Mix the dry ingredients first then add the oil. The amount of brown sugar is actually based on the consistency you desire, so you can add another spoonful to make it thicker.
Massage onto your face in a circular motion gently for 7-8 minutes then wash with lukewarm water.
4. Face Scrub for Brightness
For exfoliation, reducing wrinkles and dark spots also for acquiring smoothness of skin.
2 tbsp coffee grounds
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp White Sugar
How to use: Mix the coffee and sugar first then the oil, now store and leave the mixture in an airtight jar for a day.
Apply this scrub before shower on the targeted area, scrub in a circular motion. After bathing, pat-dry the skin and apply a moisturizer.