DIY Coffee Face Masks

Written by Ravi Teja Tadimalla

There are many reasons to love coffee, including the fact that it can really perk you up. But a hot cup of joe can do more than just wake you up from your morning grogginess.

From antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to incredible exfoliation abilities, your morning brew is packed with impressive components that can benefit your skin! In this article, we discuss the skin-boosting properties of coffee and how you can use certain DIY coffee masks to enhance your skin health and appearance.

How Can Coffee Benefit Your Skin?

Coffee contains several different compounds, including caffeine, polyphenols, and oily substances called diterpenes. These compounds have many proven benefits for the skin, including reducing skin cancer risk (1). We have listed below the major benefits coffee can have on your skin.

1. May Reduce Skin Damage

Caffeine is a well-known chemical compound associated with a high antioxidant capacity (2). The antioxidant activity of caffeine helps neutralize free radicals. Thus, coffee can shield your skin cells from damage caused by environmental toxins such as pollution, smoke, and pesticides.

2. May Fight Signs Of Aging

Caffeine may slow down the effects of photoaging (3). Exposure to UV rays can cause your skin’s collagen to break down and result in blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. However, when applied topically, coffee is believed to reduce these damaging effects on the skin.

3. May Reduce Cellulite And Tighten Skin

Caffeine helps improve skin elasticity and acts as an anti-cellulite ingredient (3). It also may reduce the excess accumulation of fat in skin cells, thereby potentially tightening the skin.

Caffeine stimulates cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), a key regulator of intracellular functions and metabolism. This also may help regulate fat accumulation.

4. May Protect You From Skin Cancer

As discussed, coffee may help reduce the risk of skin cancer (1). The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of coffee may have a role to play in this regard.

5. May Reduce Acne

Coffee contains melanoidins and chlorogenic acid (CGA), which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (4). These may help reduce skin inflammation and acne. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

These are the major ways coffee may benefit your skin. Are you ready to incorporate this natural ingredient into your skincare routine? Then you may want to check the next section – we have listed the DIY coffee face masks that nourish your skin and bring out your inner glow.

DIY Coffee Face Masks

Before getting to the face masks, it is important to note that conventionally grown coffee tends to be heavily treated with chemicals. Hence, purchasing coffee from the market would mean putting toxic substances like fungicides, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers on your skin. We encourage you always to try and purchase organic beans for the best results.

1. Coffee And Milk Face Mask

This coffee mask will exfoliate your skin and keep it looking supple and smooth. Milk may have soothing effects on the skin, though more research is required in this regard. We recommend applying this face mask at least 3 times a week for the best results.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk

How To Use

  1. Mix the ground coffee and milk in a bowl to make a fairly thick paste.
  2. Clean your face and apply the paste all over your face and neck.
  3. Leave this mask on for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse your face clean with lukewarm water.

2. Coffee, Yogurt, And Turmeric Face Mask

The coffee will help brighten your skin, while turmeric can even out your skin tone. Turmeric is also known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging (5). Yogurt adds skin moisture and increases skin elasticity (6). This coffee mask also works well on acne-prone skin.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric

How To Use

  1. Combine the turmeric, coffee, and yogurt in a bowl to make a thick, homogenous paste.
  2. Apply this paste evenly across your face.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  4. Gently massage your skin in circular motions.
  5. Wash the paste with warm water.

3. Coffee, Honey, And Yogurt Face Mask

Honey has antibacterial and moisturizing properties that can benefit the skin (7). The antioxidant compounds in coffee and yogurt may help tighten the skin and potentially reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt

How To Use

  1. Add the coffee, honey, and yogurt into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  2. Massage this paste gently onto your face. Be careful not to get it into your eyes.
  3. Leave the face mask on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with cold water.

4. Coffee And Cocoa Face Mask

This coffee and cocoa face mask helps remove excess oil from the face. It also may leave your skin looking tighter, shiny, and smooth. The polyphenols in cocoa may protect the skin from UV damage (8).

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of coffee grounds
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

How To Use

  1. Mix the coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Add the yogurt and honey to the mix.
  3. Massage the mask into your skin, carefully avoiding the eye area.
  4. Allow the mask to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Rinse thoroughly afterward.

Other Skincare Recipes Using Coffee

1. Coffee Mask For Dark Circles And Puffy Eyes

Coffee may reduce puffiness and swelling under the eyes, while honey will provide your skin with the moisture it needs.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • A few drops of vitamin E oil

How To Use

  1. Combine the ingredients.
  2. Apply the paste under your eyes.
  3. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash.

2. Coffee Face And Body Scrub

Rubbing coffee grounds and sugar on your skin can help eliminate dry, flaky skin. Adding coconut oil to the mix leaves your skin feeling supple.

You Will Need

  • ½ a cup of coffee grounds
  • 1/4th cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4th cup of coconut oil

How To Use

  1. Combine the coffee grounds, brown sugar, and coconut oil and store the mixture in an airtight container.
  2. Take about 3 to 4 tablespoons of this mixture and use it to exfoliate your body.
  3. Wash with soap afterward.
  4. Store any leftover scrub in the refrigerator and use it within the next 2 weeks.

3. Coffee Massage Oil For Body And Face

This massage oil may help moisturize the skin and can also reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks.

You Will Need

  • 3/4th cup of ground coffee
  • 1 cup of coconut oil

How To Use

  1. Pour the coconut oil into a jar and stir in the coffee grounds.
  2. Cover the jar and let the grounds soak in the oil for up to 3 weeks or a month.
  3. Shake the jar every alternate day to help the ingredients blend.
  4. At the end of 3 or 4 weeks, you can use the oil after straining through a cheesecloth or filter.

4. Coffee Lip Scrub

This scrub helps gently exfoliate your chapped lips to leave them feeling soft and smooth.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of organic coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil or any other oil of your choice

How To Use

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Rub a small amount onto your lips.
  3. Exfoliate gently using small circular motions and rinse the scrub afterward.
  4. Any excess scrub can be scooped into a jar and stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

In Closing

Coffee face masks are a budget-friendly hack to keep your skin looking young and healthy. Of course, some of these face masks can be a little messy, but they are definitely worth the effort!

If you do not have fresh ground coffee readily available, you can substitute it with instant coffee. But remember to do a patch test. If you experience any allergies to any of the recipes, stop use and consult your doctor.

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Ravi Teja Tadimalla is an editor and a published author. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the digital media field for over six years. He has a Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Research from Wageningen University. He considers himself a sculptor born to chip away at content and reveal its dormant splendor. He started his career as a research writer, primarily focusing on health and wellness, and has over 250 articles to his credit. Ravi believes in the great possibilities of abundant health with natural foods and organic supplements. Reading and theater are his other interests.
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