You know your beloved java boosts your mood, but this antioxidant-packed multitasker can also help improve your hair, skin, and more. Check out these pretty perks of your morning brew (and just be sure to stick to the recommended limit of 400 mg of caffeine per day to avoid dehydrating yourself).
1. Brighten your face
When it comes to antioxidants, Julia Hunter, MD, a dermatologist at Wholistic Dermatology in Beverly Hills, CA, believes in doubling up. “Drinking coffee is one piece of the puzzle; another is putting it on the surface of your skin,” she says. A coffee facial scrub can help brighten skin, prevent clogged pores, and soften lines. The acid in coffee gives you some chemical exfoliation on top of mechanical exfoliation, says Hunter. It also helps bolster skin’s protective barrier. “That’s what keeps you healthy when bacteria, viruses, and fungi are landing on your skin 24/7,” she says.
To make the coffee scrub:
In a bowl, soak coffee grounds in warm, filtered water (coffee grounds will sink to the bottom of the bowl), and add epsom salts. Rinse your face with the water from the bowl, then scoop up the grounds to gently scrub skin. Finish by rinsing with more of the water from the bowl.
2. Boost your hair color
You may have heard of the DIY hair-brightening trick favored by blondes: washing hair in chamomile tea or champagne. Well, if you’re a brunette, consider using espresso. “Coffee grounds mixed with water into a paste and applied to damp, freshly shampooed hair will add some depth to your color. “The acidity of the coffee will also smooth the cuticle of the hair, giving it extra shine.”
3. De-puff tired eyes
Any eye cream that promises to unpack your under-eye bags or lighten up dark circles probably contains caffeine. If you put coffee on the skin’s surface, it dehydrates and constricts blood vessels. “The area under your eyes is a lymphatic channel that drains poorly, and caffeine helps remove water from the system. As for dark circles, as we age, under-eye skin gets thinner, making it easier to see the blood vessels. The vessel-constricting effect of coffee could temporarily help—expect to see results for 30 minutes to an hour.
4. Reset your old factory nerves
Trying to choose from several perfumes? Give coffee beans a quick sniff in between. Smelling coffee between spritzes of eau de parfume and the like helps prevent nose fatigue. In other words, it serves as a sort of palate-cleanser or reset button (that’s why you often see beans at the fragrance counter of fancy department stores).
If you find coffee at the spa, it’s most likely in a body treatment. “The BodyCoffee Vichy Scrub is one of our most popular exfoliating scrubs,” The treatment mixes coffee extract with Dead Sea salt and energizing essential oils for a sloughing ritual that,targets cellulite and rough skin. For similar results at home, try Cocoa Kona Coffee Body Scrub ($28 for 17 oz,100 Percent Pure), made with Organic Coffea Kona Bean, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Cacao Oil, and Japanese Honeysuckle.
Or, make your own with this recipe : Mix ½ cup of sugar (or ½ cup epsom salt for a more vigorous scrub), 1 cup cooled coffee grounds, 1½ Tbsp jojoba oil, and tea leaves from 2 green tea bags. Gently rub the mixture onto your body in a circular motion before stepping into the shower. After your shower, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer.