8 Surprising Ways to Use Coffee in Your Beauty Routine

Spoon full of coffee powder

Do you know how coffee wakes you up in the morning? It does the same thing for your skin. You know your beloved coffee boosts your mood, but do you know this antioxidant-packed multitasker can also help improve our hair, skin, and more? When it comes to antioxidants, Julia Hunter, MD, a dermatologist at Wholistic Dermatology in Beverly Hills, CA, believes in doubling up. “Drinking coffee is one piece of the puzzle; another is putting it on the surface of your skin,” she says. Check out these pretty perks of this amazing morning brew:

Depuff your Eyes

“If you put the coffee on the skin’s surface, it dehydrates and constricts blood vessels.” Says Hunter.  To use coffee as a balm, soak two cotton balls in chilled coffee. Wring and placed it over closed eyes for 10 minutes.

Help ward off skin cancer

Researchers found that topically applied caffeine helped protect against some skin cancers at the molecular level by inhibiting a protein enzyme in the skin. In the meantime, protect yourself from melanoma by reducing sun and UV exposure,” says Erikka Loftfield, study co-author and doctoral student at the Yale School of Public Health.

Mixture 1: Mix 1 cup ground coffee with ½ cup sugar and 1 cup coconut oil.


Mixture 2: Mix ½ c sugar (or ½ c Epsom salt for a more vigorous scrub), 1 c cooled coffee grounds, 1½ Tbsp jojoba oil, and tea leaves from 2 green tea bags. Gently rub the mixture onto your body in a circular motion before stepping into the shower. After your shower, pat skin dries and apply moisturizer.

Hair Volumizer

Mix ground coffee (quantity should be as per the length of your hair) with conditioner you use. Massage it well. Then rinse it. The acidity of the coffee will also smooth the cuticle of the hair, giving it extra shine.

Post-Sun Soother

Soaked a washcloth in diluted and chilled coffee. Now, placed on sunburned area for 10 minutes.

Boost your hair color

Mixes one or two teaspoons of ground coffee—even the freeze-dried stuff gets the job done! —into a handful of conditioner and after shampooing, lets it sit on her hair for at least five minutes to enhance her chestnut brown hair color. Genius.

Anti-Aging Mask

Mix ½ cup ground coffee with ½ cup cocoa powder well. Add 1 cup whole milk and 1 tbsp honey to it. Apply this mixture on face. Let it set for 15 minutes then rinse it. Dry your face.

Cellulite Buster

No matter how much we work out—or even how naturally thin we are! —cellulite is something we all struggle with. A coffee scrub can be immensely helpful in minimizing the appearance of cellulite, as the exfoliation and massage work together to help stimulate blood flow and tighten the skin. To fight dimpling, mix 1 cup ground coffee with ½ cup sugar and 1 cup coconut oil and mix it well. Massage onto wet skin then rinse it.

Soothe Your Feet

Whip up a DIY coconut and coffee foot scrub recipe to soothe weary feet at home. The blend of antioxidant-rich coffee and moisture-locking coconut oil makes for the perfect combination of natural ingredients to remove and repair rough skin. This recipe includes one cup of virgin coconut oil, 1/2 cup of your ground coffee of choice, and one to two teaspoons of vanilla extract blended together. Prepare a tub of warm soapy water, then soak your feet for 10 minutes. While soaking, apply one teaspoon of the scrub to feet in a circular motion to exfoliate the dead skin. Rinse feet in warm water and pat dry—and feel free to use the scrub on the rest of your body in the shower, too.

Exfoliate your Face

A coffee facial scrub can help brighten skin, prevent clogged pores, and soften lines. In a bowl, soak coffee grounds in warm, filtered water (coffee grounds will sink to the bottom of the bowl), and add Epsom salts. Rinse your face with the water from the bowl, then scoop up the grounds to gently scrub the skin. Finish by rinsing with more of the water from the bowl.