We all know that coffee wakes up our minds, but coffee beans can also be applied to your skin to help get rid of dark circles, even out your skin tone and even reduce cellulite; not bad for a DIY facial.
And – there’s science to back it up. Researchers at the University of Tennessee found that when caffeine was added to skin care products such as moisturiser, skin tone became more even, less red and inflammation was significantly reduced as opposed to products that didn’t contain caffeine.
Similarly, coffee beans have also been proven to reduce the pesky orange peel effect. Mixing ground coffee beans with moisturiser won’t get rid of your cellulite completely, but researchers have found that when experiments were conducted, cellulite was reduced by 17 per cent.
So, if you’ve been working hard recently and sleep deprivation is taking its toll, a good night’s sleep might help in the long run, but for instant radiant skin from head to toe, why not try some of these DIY coffee bean skin care treatments that won’t cost you a fortune.
If you haven’t done so already, pop out to your local coffee supplier and get ready for seriously gorgeous glowing skin.
Mix two table spoons of freshly ground coffee with a good helping of natural unsweetened yoghurt and a dollop of honey – then apply generously to your face. If you’ve got some cocoa powder to hand, you can also add a few spoons and make it a mocha mask! Once you’ve finished mixing, leave it on your face for 10 minutes, wash off and hey presto – enjoy beautiful evenly toned skin.
As the title suggests, for this one all you need is freshly ground coffee, some loose green tea leaves and disposable tea bags. Once you’ve mixed the coffee powder with the green tea, place it in the tea bags, add hot water, leave to soak for a few minutes until warm and carefully apply the tea bags under your eyes for a few minutes. You can always add a bit of cold water if they’re too hot. Take care not to burn yourself.
Mix olive oil, ground coffee beans, and for some serious exfoliation action, add some sugar to the equation. Give your dimpled parts a good massage, leave to dry for three to five minutes and rinse. Don’t expect instant results, but with time, your skin will start to look smoother.
If you’ve tried any homemade beauty or skin care treatments with coffee we’d love to hear about them. Post your recommendations and comments here.