8 Impressive DIY Coffee Face Masks And Their Benefits

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Priya Gill, MBBCH, MRCP
Written by Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Nothing wakes your senses up as the earthy smell of freshly brewed coffee. Besides kickstarting your day, coffee can also rejuvenate your skin. A DIY coffee mask is the best way to hit the refresh button on your skin.

Coffee contains caffeine, an ingredient that gained attention for its anti-aging and photoprotective benefits. Moreover, coffee face masks are easy to prepare, smell heavenly, and do not contain chemicals like commercial face masks. They can improve skin texture and keep it soft. Scroll down to check the benefits of coffee masks and DIY recipes.

Benefits Of Coffee Face Masks

1. Exfoliate The Skin

The coffee granules have a coarse texture. When massaged onto the skin, they can help exfoliate it, remove dead skin cells, and eliminate dirt and sebum from the pores to keep it clean and improve its texture.

2. Prevent Fat Accumulation

Coffee contains caffeine, which is a common ingredient in anti-cellulite cosmetic products. It helps prevent fat accumulation in your skin cells (1). If you are trying to lose facial fat, other than doing facial exercises and following a cardio routine, you can also use coffee face masks.

3. Prevent UV Damage

Caffeine has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from UV radiation and prevent the signs of photoaging, like dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Usually, commercially available skin care products contain 3% caffeine (1).

4. Prevent Free Radical Damage

Coffee contains caffeic acid, which is a natural phenolic antioxidant. Caffeic acid prevents the damage caused by harmful free radicals and reduces oxidative stress, one of the main causes of premature aging (2). Thus, using a coffee face mask can keep your skin youthful.

The caffeine content in coffee makes it a great ingredient for your skin. Scroll down and check out some easy DIY coffee face mask recipes for your skin.

DIY Coffee Face Mask Recipes

1. Coffee, Honey, And Milk Face Mask

Honey has antimicrobial properties and skin soothing and conditioning abilities (3). Milk is often used in traditional face mask recipes and can keep the skin soft.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of coffee ground
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of milk

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply it evenly to your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water. Massage in a circular motion to remove the face pack.

2. Coffee And Pumpkin Seed Oil Mask

Pumpkin seed oil contains unsaturated fatty acids that have an anti-inflammatory effect when used topically. It is beneficial in reducing inflammation caused by acne (4).

Ingredients

  • 1-2 teaspoons of pumpkin seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon coffee powder or coffee ground

Method

  1. Mix the oil and coffee powder.
  2. Spread the mixture on your skin and gently massage for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water.

3. Coffee, Turmeric, And Yogurt Mask

Turmeric has therapeutic effects on the skin and helps soothe acne, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis. It also prevents facial photoaging. Yogurt face masks help maintain skin elasticity by reducing moisture loss and brighten the skin (5), (6).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee powder
  • ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spread it on your face and neck.
  3. Massage in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Wash off with lukewarm water.

4. Coffee And Coconut Oil Face Mask

Virgin coconut oil can penetrate the epidermis (skin’s top layer) and help improve the skin barrier. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing effects. It also prevents skin aging (7).

Note: If you have acne-prone skin, avoid using coconut oil on your face.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coffee powder

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients and massage them onto your face.
  2. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Wash off with a mild cleanser and lukewarm water.

5. Coffee And Rhassoul Clay Face Mask

Rhassoul clay is used during ostomy surgery to protect the skin around the stoma (the opening on the operated area) and prevent skin damage (8). It is often used in skin care products as it protects the skin barrier and clears skin impurities and excess sebum.

Ingredient

  • 1 tablespoon of Rhassoul clay
  • 1 tablespoon of coffee ground
  • 2 tablespoons of water (or rosewater for mixing)

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply it to your skin and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water. Massage in a circular motion to clean the mask.

6. Coffee And Rice Flour Mask

A study on guinea pigs found that rice flour could regulate skin hyperpigmentation caused by UVB exposure by reducing melanin production (9). This face mask can brighten your skin and keep it clear.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon of rice flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of water or rose water (for mixing)

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the mixture to your skin.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water.

7. Coffee And Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera promotes wound healing and reduces skin inflammation. It also works as an antimicrobial and antifungal agent (10).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of coffee powder

Method

  1. Mix the ingredients to form a paste.
  2. Massage it onto the skin in a gentle and circular motion.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with lukewarm water.

8. Coffee And Gram Flour Mask

Gram flour or besan is commonly used in traditional face pack recipes. It cleans the skin, reduces oiliness and tanning, brightens the skin tone, and minimizes acne (11).

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons of water or rose water (for mixing)
  • 1-2 drops of essential oil (optional)

Method

  1. Mix all the ingredients and form a paste.
  2. Apply it evenly to your face and neck.
  3. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wash off with warm water.

Coffee is a multipurpose ingredient that rejuvenates both your mind and skin. Instead of purchasing commercial coffee masks, you can make your own homemade coffee face mask. Studies suggest that caffeine, the active ingredient in coffee, may help exfoliate your skin and protect it from UV rays and free radicals. You can combine coffee with pumpkin seed oil, coconut oil, or rice flour to make face masks. Incorporating homemade coffee face masks into your daily skincare routine will improve your skin texture and health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply coffee on my face daily?

Yes. Applying a coffee mask daily is safe, but you should not exfoliate more than twice a week.

Does a coffee mask brighten skin?

Yes. Coffee is rich in antioxidants and caffeic acid that help brighten and nourish your skin.

Can I apply coffee on the face overnight?

Yes. You can apply a coffee face mask overnight for smoother and brighter skin.

Does a coffee mask darken skin?

No. Applying a coffee mask doesn’t darken your face.

Key Takeaways

  • Homemade coffee face masks are easy to prepare and have anti-aging and photoprotective properties.
  • They are chemical-free and help improve skin texture, prevent free radical damage, and exfoliate the skin.
  • You can prepare effective DIY coffee face masks by combining coffee with ingredients like honey, milk, turmeric.

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Dr. Priya Gill

(MBBCH, MRCP)
Dr. Priya Gill is a consultant dermatologist in Klang, Malaysia. She specializes in the management of all medical and surgical... more

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