A gulp of morning coffee provides the jolt we need to take on the day—but did you know it can do the same for your skin? “Coffee can support reducing inflammation, improved blood flow, a brighter complexion, and softer, more supple and tighter skin,” explains Ava Shamban, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in California. Not to mention, its granules make a great physical exfoliator.
When gently massaged into the skin, coffee grounds remove dirt and oil from its top layer, helping to keep the pores clean. Dr. Shamban says. Additionally, the caffeine naturally stimulates blood flow, which can temporarily tighten the skin and remediate fluid retention that causes puffiness.
All of these perks explain why coffee is often found as a main ingredient in tons of skincare products, but you don’t have to purchase pricey creams and treatments to try it out. Instead, make a DIY coffee scrub using Dr. Shamban’s recipe below, and add her recommended extra ingredients to cater it specifically to your skin type.
DIY coffee face scrub recipe
- ½ cup medium coarsely ground coffee (fresh, if possible)
- ¼ cup of coconut oil
- ¼ cup vitamin E oil
- 3 to 5 drops CBD oil (optional)
- In a bowl, mix all ingredients together.
- Gently apply and massage into the skin in circular, upward motions for three minutes.
- Rinse with water and pat dry.