Ingredient Spotlight: Coffee
Coffee lovers you will love to hear that coffee is not only good for your when it's in your cup, but is great when used topically on your skin too. I'm not a big coffee drinker myself, but I LOVE the smell of freshly brewed coffee and have been incorporating coffee in my skincare routine for a couple of years now - with great results.
Coffee is known to stimulate circulation, promote collagen production & scrub away dry, rough skin. It has become my very favourite exfoliant and I use it at least once a week (more often on super dry areas like my elbows). It has helped me improve the look of my skin greatly by reducing the appearance of dry skin and getting rid of the dark pigmentation around my elbows by removing the rough surface skin.
So, what makes coffee such a great ingredient for skincare?
Firstly, coffee contains large amounts of antioxidants which neutralises free radicals and reduces the effects they have on our skin. Antioxidants are important in protecting our skin from the signs of ageing and environmental stressors (e.g sun, pollution).
As an exfoliant, coffee leaves your skin softer and brighter by removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. The removal of these surface cells along with impurities allows the newer, softer skin cells that sit underneath to be revealed. This is why your skin looks and feels so much smoother after exfoliating.
Coffee can also help your body get rid of toxins by stimulating circulation. Increased blood flow has a beneficial effect on the appearance of your skin and leaves it looking healthier. The effect of increased circulation is also said to improve the appearance of cellulite, however, studies seem inconsistent on this. A body scrub can have positive effects on fluid retention and can help remove excess water from the body. Overall it leaves your skin feeling softer and brighter.
You can use coffee for your skincare in many ways. Below I have listed my favourite ways to incorporate coffee to my skincare routine:
A body scrub is the best way to achieve softer and brighter looking skin. This is how you go about using a scrub: Apply coffee to damp skin in the shower using upward strokes towards the heart - this stimulates lymphatic drainage which also supports toxin removal. Leave on for a few minutes to the caffeine can cleanse and nourish skin.
Our coffee scrubs also contain essential oils which help support different skin concerns. Leaving the coffee scrub on your skin for a few extra minutes also let's these essential oils work on the surface of the skin. You can do a body scrub 1-2 a week, depending on your skin's need and the climate (keep it to once a week only in winter).
You can also use coffee to lighten dark circles under your eyes. Coffee constricts the blood vessels and removes excess water - helping to not only brighter the skin under your eyes but to also get rid of any puffiness. The tightening effect of coffee makes the skin look firmer.
To use coffee as an under-eye treatment, simply apply some of your coffee scrub to your under eye are and leave on a for a few minutes. They contain coconut oil which also gently moisturises the skin. The most suitable scrubs for your under-eye treatment are the Rose Coffee Scrub and the Cacao Coffee Scrub.
I hope you enjoyed this post! We'd love to hear your favourite ways of including coffee into your skincare routine! Let us know in the comments below!
Have a lovely day, Mermaids! 🐚