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9 Coffee Benefits for Skin & Hair: Amazing Scientific Facts

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Coffee is more than one of the world’s favorite beverages. Did you know coffee has benefits for the skin and hair? Though you may not realize it, coffee is full of natural antioxidants and stimulants that are great for the body when used properly. Whether you are making a coffee scrub to get the most of the caffeine benefits for the skin, or using grounds to clean your scalp and reap the coffee benefits for your hair, you won’t be disappointed by the results of this amazing stimulant. Read on below to learn more about coffee and what it can do for your skin and hair.

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Top 9 Coffee Benefits for Your Skin & Hair

1. Exfoliates

Exfoliating, or removing dead skin cells, is a great way to make skin look and feel better. If you are looking for a good exfoliant, coffee grounds may be the answer. Coffee grounds don’t dissolve when added to water. This makes them perfect being the main ingredient in exfoliating scrubs. By simply adding brown sugar and your favorite essential oil, you can create your scrub to exfoliate your skin and reap the benefits of coffee. Face masks can also be perfect in this situation. The removal of dead skin and the nourishing of the skin are easily some of a coffee face mask’s benefits.

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2. Balances pH Levels in Hair

Did you know your hair and scalp are naturally acidic? Unfortunately, this means certain hair products can make your hair appear lifeless and dull while drying out your scalp. Luckily, coffee is naturally acidic. What does this mean for your hair and scalp? By rinsing your hair with cold water, or scrubbing your scalp with coffee grounds you can balance the pH levels in your hair and rid your scalp of dead skin.

3. Cleans and Nourishes the Feet

Rough skin on your feet can be hard to get rid of. While you may use pumice stones and other tricks to help, coffee may be your best bet. Coffee not only helps soften the skin, but it also helps clean away dead skin cells and leave the skin clean and refreshed. By adding coffee and grounds to a bucket, then allowing it to cool, you can soak your feet to make them supple. Using the grounds to scrub away the dead skin will leave your feet cleaner and smoother than when you started.

4. Fights Acne

Acne is when dead skin cells, dirt, and oil combine to clog your pores. Acne can become infected which causes inflammation and other serious issues on your skin. The stimulants, acids, and antioxidants found in coffee make it the perfect scrub and/or face mask to use on acne to completely clean the pores. You’ll also find that coffee can help reduce the redness caused by this condition and even fight against the infections that may occur from bouts of acne.

5. Colors Hair

While we’ve already discussed how coffee can clean the hair and scalp, leaving it healthier-looking, did you know you can use it as a way to color your hair without the use of harsh chemicals? By using strong brewed coffee after it has cooled, you can apply it to your hair and let it sit for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. Once the time has passed, rinse your hair and see the effects. If you want a darker color, simply repeat the process until your hair darkens to the desired tint.

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6. Reduces Puffy Eyes

Coffee naturally increases blood flow and promotes the dilation of the blood vessels. The result of this is the natural tightening of the skin. By making a paste of coffee grounds and brewed coffee, you can apply this under the eyes (not too close) to help reduce the puffiness there. This works by reducing the fluid that often builds up in that area, leaving your eyes looking less red and swollen.

7. Helps Reduce Cellulite

No one is a fan of cellulite. Luckily, coffee is the perfect ally for ridding your body of these unwanted fat deposits. The caffeine in coffee helps promote better blood flow and when used as a scrub in areas where cellulite may be present can reduce the fat deposits and leave skin looking firmer.

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8. Protects Against the Sun

Antioxidants help the skin fight the signs of aging caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. Coffee is full of these antioxidants. If you want to help reduce the look of age on your skin or fight the sun’s rays, simply drink a bit of coffee or apply it to your skin and let the antioxidants go to work.

9. Promotes Hair Growth

If you’re suffering from hair loss due to age, coffee may be the perfect thing to help promote hair growth. Coffee is a natural stimulant that is known to increase the flow of blood to hair follicles. This makes your hair grow faster for those who simply want it stimulated and can help kick start the regrowth process in people who may be suffering from hair loss.

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As you can see, coffee is quite beneficial when it comes to our health and beauty. If you’re hoping to reduce the signs of aging, promote hair growth, or even soak away dead skin from your feet, adding coffee and coffee grounds is the answer. Now’s the time to add a bit of coffee to your skin and hair routines to make yourself look and feel better.

Related Read: Is Caffeine Bad for Your Skin? What to Know!

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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