There are now providers on different continents who make use of coffee and use it in various forms of therapy.
We can divide the therapies used into the following categories:
- Thermal water
- Scrubs with coffee body creams
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The evolution of the term coffee spa
In a nutshell, a spa can be defined as a relaxation center that focuses its treatments on water.
The term spa comes from the Latin “salus per aquam”, which means something like “through water” or “health through water”.
First of all, it is important to point out that this idea originated in Asia. This culture is cultivated especially in Japan. Japan is well known for its hot springs and onsen.
The large number of thermal baths in this country is impressive. Some use different techniques for the baths with coffee, red wine, green tea, soka (fermented rice drink) and other infusions.
The Japanese word for hot springs is ”onsen” and for coffee ”kohii”.
For some cultures, it may be a bit strange that you enter the Japanese onsen naked, covered only with a towel. In addition, some onsen are mixed-gender. What might not sound like much of a shock to Central and Northern Europeans here is an absolute nightmare for Latinos. In Colombia, for example, you usually never see each other naked, even within the family.
This first-of-its-kind bath features thick coffee dripping from the hot spring water at low temperatures. The aroma is said to reduce fatigue and beautify the skin.
There is still no record or information about the origin of this technique. As the term “spa and beauty” has evolved in modern times, it can be said that it is only in recent times that the many uses of coffee and its aesthetic benefits have been discovered.
For this reason, the Japanese have tried to combine these benefits with the traditional thermal water, thus developing a new technique for combining thermal water and coffee that brings other benefits.
What advantages do I have in a Coffee Spa?
There are methods such as hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, massage, coffee scrubs, coffee body and face masks, all of which are ideal for human skin.
Coffee works against cellulite
The caffeine contained in coffee has the ability to activate blood circulation, which facilitates the breakdown of adipose tissue and increases fat burning in the body, making the skin firmer.
Coffee helps control varicose veins
Although not fully scientifically proven, the use of caffeinated products and massage have been shown to be beneficial in the onset of varicose veins.
Exfoliation of the skin
If you combine coffee grounds with other ingredients such as chocolate or a moisturizing cream, you get an exfoliation. This helps remove impurities and dead skin cells.
Reduction of dark circles under the eyes/inflammation of skin areas
As mentioned earlier, caffeine increases blood circulation, thus helping to reduce inflammation and swelling in the area, in this case dark circles, for a better and fresher looking face.
Hydrotherapy or coffee baths
Attempts are made to take baths in a tub or pool with diluted coffee, usually warm water or, in the case of Japan, thermal water. Basically, with this technique you can achieve a smooth and tight feeling on the skin after a nice stay in these waters.
Aromatherapy with coffee
For the Japanese, the smell of coffee is a factor or stimulus to enliven our ”being” with this exquisite aroma. It gives us new energy, clears the head and relaxes; Besides, who doesn’t like the smell of coffee?
If you want to learn more about coffee in this aspect, you can check our blog: Cosmetic treatments with Coffee!
Make your own coffee spa therapies at home
Maybe for some reason you don’t have the opportunity to visit a coffee spa. However, you can also set up your own coffee spa at home.
If you have a bathtub at home, fill it with hot water and add 4 cups of your choice of pure, non-decaf coffee to get the caffeine benefits.
For this therapy you also need some natural extracts that you can choose at will. Here is the mixture recommended by the ”Bienestar180” portal to create a good coffee bath.
- 50 drops of red wine
- 50 drops Centella Asiatica extract
- 50 drops of Fucos extract
- 7 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 7 drops of juniper essential oil.
Mix very well, being careful not to let the water get too hot and burn yourself. Once we have reached the ideal temperature, we will immerse ourselves in our coffee bath and enjoy its aromas for about 20 minutes. Finally, rinse off with lukewarm water.
If you don’t have a bathtub, you can make a coffee mask by making the mixture thicker and reducing the amount of water, coffee and essences by about 80%.
We apply the mask to our face and/or body, taking care to keep the eyes and mouth uncovered. Then activate the skin areas with gentle circular movements in the various zones and leave on for 20 minutes. Then carefully remove with lukewarm water.