I’ve always called coffee the nectar of the gods, but as it turns out, it might just be the fountain of youth … or something similar. Aside from the fact that recent research has shown that increased caffeine consumption may reduce the risk of some skin cancers (whoo hoo!), used coffee grounds applied directly to the skin or hair have cosmetic benefits as well.
I’ll admit it; I’m guilty of throwing away my fair share of coffee grounds—and maybe your fair share too since I’m really unfamiliar with the one pot a day concept—but throwing coffee grounds away isn’t a good thing. It’s like tossing newspapers in the garbage can instead of the recycling bin, blowing your diet on a regular Coke (so much sugar!), or diving into the shallow end of the pool. It may seem harmless until you really think about it. When coffee grounds are tossed in with the rest of your trash, they might as well just be any other kind of waste but you can do so much more with them than just adding them to the compost pile.
When it comes to your skin and hair, coffee presents two great benefits. First, it’s full of caffeine (assuming you’re not drinking that abomination otherwise known as “decaf”) and caffeine is a stimulant. Sure, it gets your heart racing if you drink too much but it also works to constrict blood vessels under the skin when applied topically, reducing the look of cellulite. Second, coffee grounds hold onto a nice amount of the natural oils that are present in the coffee beans themselves. Put these oils to work for you. Try some of these do-it-yourself tricks to see what I mean.