Most coffee drinkers know this for sure – a good cup of coffee can make one every groggy morning a little better. But how can the used leftovers from your favorite morning drink benefit your skin?
We’ve collected a few of the best reasons why coffee grounds make a great skincare ingredient.
A brewed cup of coffee contains less than 1% of the nutrients from the coffee beans it is brewed on. This means that more than 99% of the nutrients remain in the coffee grounds.
Every day, the skin (and the rest of the body) is exposed to free radicals from pollution, UV rays, poor diet, cigarette smoke. Just to name a few. Free radicals are unstable molecules that try to become stable by binding to healthy cells in the body. When free radicals oxidize, they also destroy the healthy cells to which they have bound. Healthy cells that would otherwise have ensured that the skin and the rest of the body could function optimally. Free radicals can, in other words, age the skin and body faster than they would otherwise.
Antioxidants are the best weapon against free radicals, as they prevent them from oxidizing and thereby destroying healthy cells. Coffee grounds are packed with antioxidants, and therefore help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
The grainy texture of coffee grounds makes it ideal for exfoliating the skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, allowing new, fresh skin cells to appear. At the same time, coffee grounds contain caffeic acid, which can help increase collagen production in the skin, making the skin firmer and more elastic.
The high amount of antioxidants in coffee grounds also provides great anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe the skin and reduce redness or irritaion.
Exfoliation with coffee grounds can help to increase blood circulation. Better blood circulation = more glowing and fresher looking skin. Exfoliation with coffee grounds is also ideal for removing hard skin from shins, feet or elbows, so the skin becomes smoother and softer.