How coffee benefits the skin

Skin Care Matters

with Michelle Vernon

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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I know we have been told that, in some cases, coffee is detrimental to the skin, but there are a few reasons we should not overlook this ingredient or completely rule it out of our skincare regimen.Besides getting your daily dose of caffeine in a cup of morning coffee, benefits can also be absorbed during topical treatments. Incorporating caffeine into treatment regimen can provide you with added benefits.

Coffee and the skin

Here are a few ways coffee can benefits the skin:

1. Skin exfoliation: Coffee grounds work great as a face scrub because their granular texture helps to exfoliate the skin, revealing a smoother and cleaner face.

2. Cellulite reduction: Another one of the great benefits of coffee on skin is reducing cellulite. This is so because the caffeine in coffee dehydrates your fatty cells, causing the cellulite to appear diminished and making your skin look much smoother. In fact, studies have shown that skin creams which listed caffeine as an ingredient are up to 17 per cent more effective when it comes to cellulite reduction.

3. Treating dark circles and puffy eyes: Yet another advantage of coffee is its ability to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, caffeine can minimise the accumulation of blood under your eyes, therefore preventing dark circles. It is so effective that almost every product marketed as a way to erase dark circles has a certain amount of caffeine in its formula. However, take note that dark circles and under-eye puffiness can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, sleep deprivation and allergies. Although it can remedy excessive blood flow, caffeine cannot remove dark circles that are caused by hereditary factors.

4. Anti-oxidation: Coffee is very rich in antioxidants and, surprisingly, has a far higher content than even fruits and vegetables. This makes it a great remedy for skin damage caused by UV rays from exposure to the sun. Research has shown that applying coffee on the skin provides a layer of protection from harmful radiation. It does this by inhibiting a certain protein enzyme, thereby reducing the risk of getting skin cancer. Moreover, coffee's diuretic properties make it great for treating a condition called rosacea, relieving the discomfort caused by redness and irritation due to sun damage.

5. Skin tightening: Adding to the long list of benefits of coffee on skin is its properties that allow for skin tightening. Caffeine is great for minimising the appearance of fine lines around the face and can also diminish puffiness in certain areas of the face. It is not a surprise that once again, coffee is added as an ingredient to many anti-ageing beauty products that aim to tighten skin and reduce fine lines. Most importantly, caffeine has been shown to hinder the development of cancer cells in the body.

Simple DIY coffee scrub

This scrub is ideal for all skin types. It's effective in replenishing and rejuvenating tired, dull skin, combating cellulite and promoting blood circulation.

What you need:

• Half a cup coffee beans, ground

• Quarter cup unrefined coconut oil

• One tsp sea salt


1. Mix the coconut oil, ground coffee and sea salt together and apply to your face and body using circular motions. Avoid getting the mixture in your eyes, nose and mouth.

2. For maximum product penetration, apply saran wrap tightly over desired areas.

3. Leave on for at least 15 minutes up to an hour.

4. Rinse off with warm water and enjoy your glowing skin.

Michelle Vernon is a licensed aesthetician who operates the Body Studio Skincare located at 23 Central Plaza, Kingston 10, and Fairview Shopping Centre, Montego Bay. She may be reached at telephone 908-0438 or 684-9800; IG@bodystudioskincare; E-mail:; Website:

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