Ever been puzzled by the list of ingredients on the back of a bottle? Or sort-of nodded along when someone listed off “good” ingredients? We got you covered — Ingredient Spotlights explain those buzzwords and talked-about ingredients and why you want to put them on your body.
Everything about coffee makes us swoon — the taste of the drink itself, the culture surrounding coffee shops and the sophistication and expertise that comes with coffee roasting. Countless researchers have published numerous studies about the health benefits of coffee, and for good reason. Coffee contains numerous properties that boost the appearance of your skin, inside and out. “You can drink your way to better skin, and also use it topically in skincare products,” says Ellie Eckert, a coffee expert and owner of Written Coffee.
One of coffee’s most well-known benefits is its wealth of antioxidants, or the compounds that prevent free radicals from entering the skin and speeding up aging, says Ellie. These antioxidants act as a natural barrier to heat, light and pollution.
You can also often find the grinds in a scrub, and that’s because it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Coffee is both redness-reducing and depuffing, and can also diminish the appearance of cellulite temporarily by increasing blood circulation, causing skin cells to tighten.
Ellie also notes that coffee is a common under-eye treatment ingredient. The caffeine in coffee can draw excess fluid out from under your eyes and constrict blood vessels, helping reduce bags and dark circles.
Coffee can also make your hair brighter and shinier — Ellie mixes her grinds with coconut oil, leaves it in her hair as a mask in the shower for a few minutes and then rinses it out. “It will make your hair look like you just left the salon,” she says.
You can make your own topical coffee treatments by using your old grinds — Ellie says that she doesn’t prepare coffee for her skin any differently than how she would prep it to drink. In addition to a DIY hair mask, she often combines old grinds and coconut oil to use as a lip scrub, for example. Coffee is also a key ingredient in Meant’s The Wonder Polish, a natural toning body scrub that will firm and tighten your skin.