For many people, coffee is a staple part of any morning due to caffeine’s ability to awaken and energize the body and mind.
While it is an integral part of many mornings, going to the coffee maker on autopilot to get our daily boost, coffee also has incredible skin and body care benefits that can compliment our morning elixir.
Although it may seem like an unlikely ingredient, when incorporated into skin care products, coffee becomes a superhero ingredient that provides countless benefits to work for any skin type and a variety of skin concerns.
As opposed to the stimulation we receive when we drink coffee, when used in skin care, the ingredient has the opposite effect. It stimulates the skin in a different way, often boosting the circulation in certain areas while generally calming and soothing the skin overall.
Coffee has become an ingredient that is highlighted and can be found in countless skin care items, and most notably can be found in soap to deliver the same type of skin care benefits, but to the body as a whole.
There are many natural or household ingredients that are being incorporated into soaps, based on their unique and powerful benefits they can impart on the skin. As coffee as a star ingredient is becoming more popular, it is frequently seen in more body care items, especially soaps.
Whether it is the scent of the coffee seed oil or the granules of the coffee grounds evenly dispersed throughout the bar of soap, coffee can be added to your daily routine in topical form, rather than just a beverage.
So, what are the benefits of coffee soap? There are countless benefits to incorporating coffee soap into your routine, as well as adding coffee-infused products into your skincare. Coffee as a topical ingredient will calm the skin, stimulate blood flow, and exfoliate while also providing a delicious aroma that will stimulate the senses.
Those are only a few of the major benefits coffee soap has to add to your routine, and below we are going to discuss in depth what coffee soap is, how it benefits your skin, and who can use it!
What Is Coffee Soap?
Essentially, coffee soap (we love this organic bar from Aspen Kay Naturals) is exactly what the name describes: soap that is made with coffee that delivers a variety of skin care benefits.
Coffee can be infused into the soap in a few different ways that target several skin issues without irritating or stripping the skin.
Typically, coffee soap can be infused with coffee seed oil to create the base of the product, which is the oil extract from whole coffee beans that provides not only the ingredient’s benefits, but the delightful scent as well.
It is also often made with coffee grounds that can be dispersed throughout the soap, and will offer exfoliating properties for the skin. Although coffee is a natural stimulant, using coffee soap will not work the same ways as coffee that is being consumed.
Topical coffee-infused products will engage the skin, but will also have a calming effect that will brighten the skin’s appearance, as well as encourage positive blood flow and circulation.
As a bonus, the rich coffee smell that comes from using a coffee-infused soap will have an invigorating aroma that will engage the mind and provide a delicious aromatic experience as it is being used. Especially when used in the morning, it can be like having your daily cup of coffee before even leaving the shower!
The Benefits Of Coffee Soap
Coffee is a hidden skin care ingredient that has many benefits to provide for the skin. When infused in soap, coffee can target many areas of the skin at the same time to provide the best results for your skin’s overall complexion.
One of the main benefits of coffee as an ingredient, and the main claim used when incorporated into skin care products, is its ability to calm that skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness or inflammation.
Coffee helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles around the eye area, and can combat the puffiness often seen around the delicate under eyes. It is an anti-aging ingredient as well that naturally stimulates the skin.
Along with reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eye, coffee will brighten the skin’s overall appearance while reducing areas of discoloration.
When the grounds are used in soap, coffee is a popular choice for an exfoliator in terms of body care and skin care. For skincare, it can help combat acne breakouts, while also calming areas of active breakouts due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial nature.
For body care, coffee soap increases the circulation and blood flow, which can help with the skin’s radiance as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Coffee is full of antioxidants, which helps to protect the skin against free radicals and harmful environmental aggressors. It is also rich in vitamin B3, which has both health and skin care benefits.
Who Can Use Coffee Soap?
Coffee soap can be used on any skin type for any skin concern, barring any caffeine allergies that can potentially cause a negative reaction.
Coffee soap is gentle enough on the skin to not strip it of its natural moisture, yet it still is able to target multiple skin concerns and has countless benefits that can be seen with any skin type.
Not only can coffee soap be used by any skin type, coffee as a general skin care ingredient can be used in various products that are meant for various skin types and concerns. It is an ideal ingredient for those who are concerned with puffiness, or a dull, uneven skin tone.
How IS Coffee Used In Skincare?
Coffee is incorporated into skincare in a variety of ways, depending on the product and what concern it is meant to target. While coffee soap is one popular product to see this hero ingredient infused with, coffee is also often seen in different serums, moisturizers, lotions, and eye creams.
Due to the multitude of benefits, infusing coffee into each of these types of skin and body care products can be multi-functional by being able to address multiple concerns at a time.
In terms of skin care, coffee is a star ingredient that is found in a variety of eye creams, based on its ability to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eye, as well as reduce the appearance of puffiness.
As both issues are often presented together, the coffee ingredient will brighten and de-puff the area, while also being gentle enough to hydrate the delicate under eye skin.
It can also be seen in a variety of moisturizers, as it is rich in anti-oxidants to help protect the skin from environmental factors. Not only will the skin be protected, coffee also works to brighten and even the skin tone and complexion, especially in areas of discoloration that occur due to sun spots.
If you are looking to use a body care product that has coffee as a main ingredient, it is commonly found in various body scrubs. Coffee grounds are an ideal ingredient for an exfoliator, not only due to their texture, but due to coffee’s ability to stimulate blood flow and circulation when applied topically.
Not only will the scrub slough off any dead skin cells to reveal a brighter, smoother, and more even appearance, but it will stimulation the blood circulation to help reduce the appearance of cellulite to further assist in creating a smooth appearance for the skin.
Coffee exfoliators are a popular item for skin care needs, as well. The grounds that are included in the scrub are fine enough to use on the skin of the face, without being too abrasive or harsh that it could cause damage or irritation to occur.
Along with being a stimulating facial exfoliator, coffee is also a common ingredient that can be found in a variety of face masks as well. Based on its ability to combat breakouts and reduce the appearance of acne, a coffee face mask is a perfect product for those with oily skin types.
If you are also looking to reduce the appearance of dark spots left behind by acne scarring, coffee helps to reduce discoloration which can be beneficial when incorporated into a face mask.
While there are many uses for coffee as an ingredient, coffee soap is also rich with these same benefits and delivers results to the body overall.
How To Use Coffee Soap
Much like the ingredient itself, coffee soap can be used in a variety of different ways to receive the best benefits of the product. Coffee used topically will have a calming effect on the skin, while the scent can be invigorating and stimulating.
Due to the fresh-brewed scent, using coffee soap in the morning can be the jump start you need to compliment your morning beverage and get the day started.
If you are using a coffee soap that is created with coffee grounds, it is perfect to use several times a week to stimulate the blood flow and exfoliate away any dead skin cells. Whether it’s being used as a facial exfoliator or a body exfoliator, coffee soap will leave a brightened and smoothed overall appearance for your complexion.
As with other soaps that contain household ingredients, there is also the possibility to create your own customized coffee soap at home if you want to venture into the soap-making process.
There are many DIY recipes that incorporate adding coffee ground to the soap to ensure the grains are evenly distributed. When created in this way, the coffee soap will be able to easily exfoliate the skin due to the grounds being dispersed throughout the soap.
Whether you are making a DIY version of coffee soap, or are purchasing one that is already made, there are a few ingredients that are commonly found paired with the star ingredient. Various essential oils are often included with coffee soap, to add more hydration to the product overall.
Coconut oil is a popular ingredient that is also mixed with coffee soap, as there are similar skin care properties shared by both items.
Along with coffee soap, if you are looking at coffee as a general skin care ingredient, a common combination is often found paired with vitamin C. Both ingredients brighten the complexion and can be a perfect skin wake up call for your morning skincare routine.
Other common ingredients to find paired with coffee soap are rosehip oil, green tea, or other ingredients that are rich in antioxidants. Rosehip oil will add extra hydration to the skin, while the coffee will exfoliate and cleanse the skin.
When paired with green tea, they both are full of antioxidants that will protect the skin from environmental aggressors, while improving the skin’s overall complexion.
Coffee soap can work well on its own to target a host of skin concerns, however, pairing the ingredient with other that target similar concerns will enhance the performance of the coffee soap while also delivering the best benefits for your skin.
If you want to learn how to make coffee soap on your own, take a look at this tutorial from Sara’s Soap on YouTube.
Coffee is an all-star ingredient in skin and body care that can deliver powerful results that can target a host of different skin care concerns. No matter what your skin type, coffee can be a beneficial ingredient for you.
When using the ingredient as a soap, coffee is able to stimulate the blood flow and circulation to improve the overall clarity and brightness of the skin’s appearance and tone.
Coffee soap is also a powerful exfoliator that is thorough enough to rid the skin of impurities, dry patches, or areas of dead skin cells, but is still gentle enough to be used with a range of different skin types without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.
Coffee soap will also work to soothe the skin and reduce the appearance of texture.
The frequent use of coffee in skin care in various forms is due to the ingredient’s ability to reduce the appearance of discoloration, especially when combined to reduce the appearance of puffiness around the eye area.
By having a calming effect when applied on the skin, rather than the energizing effect that’s received from drinking it, coffee has the ability to shift how it performs depending on how it is used.
However, the delicious scent that wafts through the shower when using a coffee soap will also provide the aromatic stimulation needed to start the day.
If you want to incorporate a coffee soap, or coffee-based product into your routine, but not on a daily basis, the coffee grounds found in the soap work perfectly as a face or body scrub to be used a few times during the week, while it can also be used as a clarifying facial mask once a week as well.
When used to create a coffee soap, it can be combined with other natural ingredients to deliver the best results that target your specific concerns, including essential oils for added hydration.
Overall, coffee is an ingredient that is a staple in our daily routines in more ways than one, and while you may be used to drinking your coffee every morning, adding in a coffee soap into your routine to cleanse and exfoliate the skin will be the next step in preparing you for the day ahead!