There are countless benefits to making your own skincare products that include, but are not limited to, cost-effectiveness, quality oversight, and creative control. Whether you’re making a face mask, body scrub, under eye exfoliant, or any other type of product you plan to incorporate into your skincare regimen, it’s important to do your research to find out which ingredients are best for you in terms of your skins needs. One ingredient in particular has been proven to revitalize skincare routines for people of all skin types: coffee! So, next time you’re in the kitchen preparing your own beauty and wellness products, consider grabbing a bag of your favorite Bizarre Coffee and adding a tablespoon or two to your recipe. The following five benefits of adding ground coffee to your skincare routine are sure to inspire you to get creative with your beans! As with anything you put on or in your body, consult with a medical professional if you’re concerned whether or not something is right for you!
1. Energizing Aroma
If you’re a fan of the smell of a fresh smell of coffee in the morning, get ready for the smell of coffee in your morning face scrub or shower exfoliant! Adding coffee to your skincare routine is a great way to make your mornings more energizing and it doesn’t take much to make a difference. It can be as simple as adding coffee grounds to melted coconut oil and starting your day off with a full body scrub down in the shower. Your skin and your olfactory senses will thank you.
2. Reduce inflammation
From gentle face scrubs to body exfoliants, countless body products can help reduce inflammation with the addition of ground coffee or cooled brewed coffee to the recipe! The chlorogenic acid and melanoidins in coffee have been shown to produce anti-inflammatory effects which, when paired with the dead skin cell-fighting power of ground coffee, can help prevent mild acne.
3. Minimize dark circles
Coffee contains natural skin lightening properties so, combined with its antioxidant properties, that makes it a perfect ingredient for under eye masks and other products intended to reduce dark circles. Avoid heavy scrubbing in that sensitive region but take advantage of the topical healing properties of coffee if you need a quick and easy remedy for those stubborn dark circles!
4. Relieve mildly sunburned skin
Even though drinking tons of coffee when you have a sunburn isn’t recommended due to the negative impacts of high levels of caffeine on your ability to properly hydrate and heal, using coffee grounds on your mildly burn skin is a different story. The tannins in coffee can help soothe your skin and offer relief so consider applying a compress soaked in room temperature coffee to the affected areas or take a coffee bath!
5. Antioxidant power
Since antioxidants in skincare products help protect your skin from the damage that accompanies free radicals, cell-damaging particles on the skin and in the body, adding coffee to your recipes can help you take care of your skin’s health! Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and even the by-products of coffee that are produced during the roasting phase have antioxidant power! As you embark on your DIY skincare journey, look no further than your pantry to find one ingredient that’s sure to help keep your energized and your skin glowing!