7 Surprising Ways To Use Coffee In Your Beauty Routine

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
By Colleen Williams   

Over the years, coffee has received a lot of good publicity, whether for its antioxidant properties or brain-boosting ability, and, now we know it’s as good for your outside as it is for your insides. Coffee makes an excellent scrub, mask, and cellulite reducer, plus it can add shine to hair and even boost hair color. Here are seven very good reasons to save those coffee grounds from the trash bin. 

Coffee For Your Face: 
Coffee Facial Scrub: As a scrub, coffee grounds can really perk up your complexion. Combine 3 tablespoons coffee grounds (new or used — no, seriously!) and 1 tablespoon brown sugar (you can add more or less, depending on how gritty you want your scrub), then add 1 tablespoon of a natural oil (either coconut, olive, or almond). Massage onto clean skin and rinse thoroughly with warm water for an instant glow.  

Coffee Mask: To tighten skin, make a mask using 2 tablespoons ground coffee, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons yogurt, and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix together and apply a thin layer over your face. Allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.   

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Coffee For Your Body
Body Skin Scrub: Mix 1/2 cup coffee grounds with 1/4 cup brown sugar. Add olive or coconut oil as needed and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, then get to scrubbing. The caffeine in coffee helps to eliminate unwanted oils and will slough away dead skin. 

Illustrated by Mary Galloway.
Coffee For Your Hair: 
People with lighter shades of hair may want to refrain from coffee treatments, which could potentially stain. So, we recommend these coffee-infused hair- and scalp-boosters primarily for brunettes and ravenettes.

Rinse Mask: Add cool, black coffee (or espresso) to a spray bottle, apply to hair and leave in for 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly to give dark hair a silky shine. The caffeine can also help increase circulation to the scalp and may help you shed less hair (though true hair loss cannot be cured with a shot of coffee). Spritzes of coffee also add dimension to your hair color. You may want to use a shower cap while the coffee treatment works its magic on your locks to avoid staining furniture or clothing. 

Scalp Scrub: In addition to shiny, smooth hair, coffee grounds can exfoliate and stimulate the scalp as well. It’s super simple  just mix a quarter-size amount of coffee grounds into your conditioner. Gently scrub the scalp for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly. (Tub stopper required!) 

Boost Darker Hair Colors: You can soak your hair in leftover coffee for deep, glossy brown tones. Start small  soaking for only 15 minutes or so  and rinse thoroughly. 

Coffee For Your Hands: 
Hand Deodorizer: Do your hands smell from chopping onions? Coffee can help get rid of that lingering scent! Simply rub used coffee grounds on your hands, the same way you’d rub with soap. Then rinse thoroughly.       

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