DIY Coffee and Cocoa Face Mask

Coffee and chocolate
Both coffee beans and chocoalte have numerous beauty benefits. Stepan Popov/ E+/ Getty Images

Coffee and cocoa face masks have long been a favorite of beauty aficionados. As a combination, they decrease puffiness in the face and the eye area, brighten skin and wake up a dull complexion (hello caffeine!). This facial mask recipe works great no matter your skin type.

What's really great about this mask is that the ingredients tend to be readily available in the average person's kitchen. While coffee and cocoa powder are the staples of this popular mask, you can tailor the recipe based on your skin type and what you have on hand.

For example, add yogurt or cream and honey if you have dry skin. Add lemon juice if you have oily skin. If you have super dehydrated skin, oils work as a substitute for dairy.


  • 4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans (already ground coffee and even instant coffee work if you don't have your own grinder)
  • 8 tbsp. dairy product. 
    Choose whole milk, heavy cream, unflavored yogurt, almond milk or coconut milk. Use less dairy if you like a thicker paste. Substitutions are allowed. Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, or sweet almond oil if you have dehydrated skin. If using oils, halve the amount or it will be too runny.
  • 2 tbsp. honey (if you have dry skin) or lemon juice (if you have oily skin)

The Preparation

  1. If you have whole coffee beans, finely grind beans in a grinder. Remember, beans should be finely ground so they don't scratch your face. If you just made coffee, you can use the freshly brewed coffee grounds, although they won't contain as much caffeine.
  1. Mix coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. Add the dairy product and stir until a smooth paste forms. You can use less dairy if you like a thicker paste.
  3. Stir in the honey (consider warming up the honey in a water bath or in the microwave so it mixes better).
  4. Apply the paste to your clean face and neck.
  5. Let the mask dry.
  1. Wet a washcloth and press it to your face to loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid rubbing your face because the coffee grounds could potentially scratch your skin. It's really up to you, you'll get a feel for what your skin can take and how finely ground the coffee is. ​Leftover paste can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.