Coffee is more than a hot beverage to wake up to in the morning. When applied to the skin, it could provide a number of benefits:
- cellulite reduction
- calming benefits
- anti-aging effects
- inflammation reduction
- acne treatment
- reduction of dark circles
- after-sun care
Can coffee help tighten skin?
In short, yes — coffee could potentially help tighten skin when applied topically.
Coffee contains antioxidants, which include phenols that help fight free radicals that can lead to skin damage. Coffee often contains caffeine as well. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it incites the narrowing of the blood vessels resulting from contraction of the muscular wall of the vessels, so applying it to the skin can help tighten it.
How to use coffee for skin tightening:
The skin benefits from coffee are mainly obtained topically. This involves making a concoction from fresh coffee grounds and applying them directly to your skin.
There are a number of different recipes that can be used to tighten skin. Here are a few options:
Coffee Mask Recipe #1 – Combine 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee beans, 1/4 cup brown sugar or oatmeal, 1/2 cup olive oil or honey, and 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil. In the shower, massage the mixture over the skin. Leave on for a few minutes, then rinse.
Coffee Mask Recipe #2 – Combine 1 cup coffee powder, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Gently massage the mixture onto the skin and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing.
Coffee Mask Recipe #3 – Combine 1 tablespoon coffee powder, 1 tablespoon raw honey, and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Massage into skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
These masks can be used on the face, or virtually anywhere skin needs to be tightened. After using a skin-tightening mask, be sure to rinse well and pat dry with a clean cloth, then moisturize.
Doesn't coffee cause wrinkles?
When used externally, coffee doesn't cause wrinkles. However, drinking coffee can cause dehydration, which eventually leads to wrinkled skin. To prevent dehydration, and thus ward off wrinkles, be sure to drink plenty of water along with your coffee. One additional cup of water for every cup of coffee is a good rule of thumb to follow.
When applied to the skin, coffee provides many different benefits, including skin tightening, thanks to the antioxidants and caffeine in it. And while drinking coffee can also have numerous benefits, it can be dehydrating, so be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.