11 uses for coffee grounds you didn't know about

Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — By Jon Johnson on August 24, 2018

Coffee is a source of nutrients & antioxidants that may benefit the skin, scalp, & hair. A person can use it to exfoliate, treat acne, increase blood flow, và balance pH levels.

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In this article, we describe eight ways to lớn use coffee on the scalp, hair, and skin. We also provide research that helps to lớn clarify the potential benefits.

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Coffee grounds make a great exfoliant. The grounds vày not dissolve in water, which makes them good at scrubbing away dead skin cells.

Results of a study from 2013 suggest that substances in coffee also help lớn promote healthy skin. Caffeic acid, an antioxidant, may boost collagen levels & reduce the premature aging of cells.

Caffeic acid also has antimicrobial properties, which means that it may help protect the skin against germs. Confirming these findings will require more studies in humans.

To make a simple exfoliating scrub, combine:

one-quarter cup fresh coffee groundsone-quarter cup brown sugarenough lemon juice for the desired consistency

Scrub the mixture into the skin once every few days after washing the body. Let the scrub sit on the skin for a few minutes, then rinse it off.

2. Getting rid of puffy eyes

Coffee may benefit people with puffy, inflamed eyes.

Caffeine stimulates blood flow & widens, or dilates, the blood vessels. This increases blood flow, which can help the skin to naturally tighten. The result may be a reduction in the buildup of fluid under the eyes.

Other compounds in coffee, such as chlorogenic acids, may also reduce inflammation around the eyes.

Try dabbing around the eyes with a paste of very finely-ground coffee and the liquid from the coffee itself.

3. Sun protection

Coffee contains antioxidants, such as polyphenols. These may help to lớn protect against ultraviolet (UV) rays and some signs of aging linked lớn sun exposure.

Authors of a study from năm ngoái concluded that participants with the highest consumption of polyphenols, from coffee or other sources, had fewer UV age spots on their faces. The participants were Japanese women aged 30–60 years. Confirming these findings will require further research.

Drinking coffee or applying it to lớn the skin are simple ways lớn deliver these antioxidants to lớn the body.

4. Cellulite reduction

Coffee may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin.

A small study reported that a topical slimming product containing caffeine and several other active ingredients was more effective at reducing stubborn cellulite in women than a placebo product.

However, from this study, it is not possible khổng lồ say whether the caffeine, another substance, or a combination produced the results.

A person could try using fresh, wet coffee grounds khổng lồ scrub và exfoliate areas of cellulite. The exfoliation may also help smooth the skin và stimulate blood flow.

5. Acne treatment

The antioxidants, stimulants, and chlorogenic acids in coffee may make it an effective acne-fighting facial scrub.

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Acne occurs when oil, dead skin cells, và other substances clog pores, which can become infected by bacteria, resulting in inflammation.

Scrubbing the face with coffee grounds can help khổng lồ clear away dead skin cells & unclog the pores.

The chlorogenic acids in coffee may also reduce inflammation and protect against some strains of bacteria.

6. Foot bath

Coffee may be very effective at cleansing the feet & smoothing và softening the skin.

The grounds can help scrape away dead skin cells from the soles of the feet, and the stimulating effects of caffeine may help lớn increase blood flow and circulation in the area.

To make a foot bath:

Brew a few large cups of coffeeAdd both the coffee and the used grounds to a small bucket or tub.Allow the coffee to lớn cool, so it does not burn the skinSoak the feet in the coffee, and use the grounds lớn scrub away dead skin cells.
7. Hair and scalp

The scalp and hair are naturally acidic. Scientists measure the acidity of a substance using the pH scale.

The lower the pH value, the more acidic a substance is. A pH value of under 7.0 is considered acidic, while a pH above 7.0 is basic, or alkaline. Hair fibers have a pH of 3.67, while the scalp has a pH of 5.5.

Using hair products that have a higher pH value than the hair may result in dullness, frizziness, & damage.

Coffee is naturally acidic. The American Dental Association gives a pH value of 5.11 lớn the medium roast of a major brand.

Applying coffee lớn the hair can be a great way to help rebalance the pH levels of the hair và scalp.

Try rinsing the hair with cold, brewed coffee or rubbing coffee grounds into the scalp. This can also help to lớn scrub away dead skin cells from the scalp.

8. Hair coloring

People with brown hair looking to địa chỉ cửa hàng a little depth lớn their natural màu sắc may want khổng lồ try a coffee treatment.

To darken the hair with coffee:

Brew a few large cups of strong coffee & allow it to lớn cool to lớn room temperature.Add the coffee lớn large basin. Have a clean cup và a hair elastic or shower cap handy.Lean head-first over the basin.Using the cup, scoop up the coffee and pour it onto the head so that all the hair is thoroughly soaked.Wring the hair out gently, then arrange it in a bun or use the shower cap.Leave the coffee to soak for anywhere from 30 minutes lớn 3 hours.Rinse the hair in the shower.For a darker color, repeat the process.

Coffee contains a variety of compounds that may benefit the skin, scalp, & hair.

High-quality, freshly ground beans may be more effective than packaged or instant coffee. However, results can vary, và it may help khổng lồ try a few different types khổng lồ see which works best.

Anyone unsure about using coffee on their skin should tương tác a dermatologist beforehand.

Last medically reviewed on August 24, 2018

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Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT — By Jon Johnson on August 24, 2018

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