Coffee is one favorite stimulatory beverage all around the world. It has numerous nutrients and antioxidants that have benefits for the body. It’s not a surprise to know that you can also use coffee for a better skin and hair. It improves the acne prone skin, exfoliates the dead cells, improves the blood circulation and maintains an ideal pH for you.
This article will explain the best ways to use coffee on your scalp for better hair and skin. All the information enlisted here is backed up with relevant research. Read the published researches mentioned along with each use of coffee. Here we go.
Exfoliation of skin
Coffee has a natural antimicrobial potential that also works against skin germs. If you are using grounded coffee, it will make a great skin exfoliant. This type of coffee doesn’t get dissolved in the water. That makes it a perfect scrubbing material to get rid of the dead cells.
Wondering if it has a scientific justification? Here is the answer.
A study result from 2013 tells that coffee has certain ingredients in it that promote a healthy skin. For example caffeic acid, that is an antioxidant boost the collagen levels in the skin. It prevents the signs of premature aging. (Read the complete research by clicking here)
Here is the one way that you can use coffee to make a home scrub.
Take one-quarter fresh coffee grounds. Add one-quarter cup brown sugar in it and mix well. Slowly add lemon juice until you reach the desired consistency. Use this to scrub your skin every few days. Ideally, you should use it once a week. Apply it to the skin and scrub it. Let it rest for a few minutes and rinse it off.
Coffee sometimes also benefits people with puffy and tired eyes. As you know that caffeine stimulates the blood flow. It makes the blood vessels widen. It is a natural way to tighten the skin. If you use coffee under the skin, it will reduce the accumulation of fluid under the eyes, causing puffiness. An ingredient in coffee called chlorogenic acid may also help against inflammation under the eyes. To use this, dab around the eyes with a paste of finely ground coffee and water.
Protection from sun damage
The antioxidants of coffee may help to protect you against ultraviolet rays from the sun. the antioxidants i.e. polyphenols protect from UV rays. They also protect from the premature aging signs linked to excessive sun exposure.
Research results showed that people with high consumption of polyphenols (either from coffee or other sources), experienced fewer age spots on their faces. This study was based on Japanese women aged 30–60 years. You can read the complete research by clicking here.
If you want to avail this sun protection damage of coffee, consider drinking it daily or apply to the skin directly.
Get rid of Cellulite
Ever thought that coffee will help you to reduce the cellulite of the skin too? It is proven by research that caffeine and other ingredients found in coffee help to remove the stubborn cellulite areas in users. Here are the complete research findings.
It is not clear from any research that exactly which ingredient in coffee helped with this cellulite removal. There are chances that solely caffeine is responsible for it. But nothing is authentic unless the research supports it.
You may try using fresh, wet coffee grounds on the skin to scrub the cellulite areas. This regular exfoliation will stimulate the blood flow and makes the skin smooth.
Treatment for acne
All the vital ingredients of coffee make it suitable for acne prone skin. It is a powerful facial scrub that has anti-acne effects. The acne only shows up when the excessive oil, dead skin cells, and other substances are accumulated in skin pores and clog them. Bacteria and results in inflammation and acne then infect it.
If you are using the coffee scrub on face, it will clear the dead skin cells and clean the clogged pores. Additionally, chlorogenic acids in coffee also help to reduce inflammation caused by acne.
The home spa
Coffee is particularly helpful when you are cleansing hand and feet. As it exfoliates the facial skin, it also improves the skin of hands and feet. The coffee grounds may help to remove the dead skin that gathers at the sole of feet. It also improves the blood circulation that promotes a healthy looking skin.
Here is one way to create your mini spa at home.
Brew some cups of coffee. Add this coffee and the grounds to a small bucket or tub. Make sure that your hand or feet easily fit in that tub. Wait till a moderate temperature of this coffee solution is achieved so that it doesn’t burn your skin. Dip your hands or soak your feet in the tub. Use the coffee grounds to scrub the skin. Rinse after 10-15 minutes.
Scalp and hair treatment
If you are using any hair product that has a higher pH, your hair may get frizz or damage. The natural acidic effect of coffee, as proven by the American Dental Association is 5.11. Click here to read how is it measured.
When you apply coffee to the hair and scalp, it stabilizes the pH levels. You can use a coffee brew on hair and scalp after cooling it down. Rinse it with cold water. You may also like to add coffee grounds to the brew mix for scrubbing the dead skin cells from the scalp.
Hair coloring technique
Talk about the natural hair dyes and coffee is one that everyone has in their home. Coffee adds depth to the hair color especially for brown colored hair. You can use coffee on any hair to add a beautiful shine and luminous effect on them.
Here is how to do it. Brew a few cups of coffee and set it to cool. Pour this mixture on your head and scalp thoroughly. Make sure that your hair is completely soaked in it. Arrange your hair to make a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Leave it for 25-30 minutes to 3 hours depending upon your original hair color. Rinse your hair in the shower. If you want a darker shade, repeat it for 2-3 times in a few days.
The final word
Coffee has a number of compounds that have benefits for skin, scalp, and hair. Using high quality, fresh ground beans are better than using packaged or any instant brew coffee.
The results of each brand vary. It is better to try a few brands before finalizing one best brand for yourself. If you are not sure if using coffee on the skin is safe or not, consult a dermatologist beforehand.