If you missed National Coffee Day, which was on September 29, chances are you rarely miss your morning coffee (or tea). Plenty of studies openly boast of the benefits of enjoying a caffeinated beverage once a day. Your morning coffee may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes. It helps with cardiovascular health, aids in weight loss is good for you eye health, and has anti-cancer properties; not to mention is sharpens your brain and gets you ready for the morning grind at work.
However, coffee as a beauty product is not quite as well-known but has many beauty benefits. Caffeine, when applied to the skin, has the power to reduce free-radicals through antioxidants and help reduce premature aging of the skin. It’s also an anti-inflammatory agent and can significantly reduce redness and puffiness around the eyes.
While a cup of coffee will help reduce puffiness, nothing works faster than applying a caffeine-infused eye cream first thing in the morning. The caffeine is a constrictor and gets right to work reducing the swelling and redness associated with puffy eyes.
Coffee scrubs are excellent for the skin as well but might be too harsh for your face. The ground coffee beans act as an exfoliant to reduce dryness and leave skin looking and feeling great. One of the upsides to using coffee grounds as an exfoliant is it can minimize the appearance of cellulite. However, this is a temporary effect that lasts about three hours; three hours of amazing pool time in your favorite suit though.
Adding coffee to your beauty routine is easy. You can find many products that include caffeine and are made for reducing the signs of redness and puffy eyes. Coffee bean body scrubs are also readily available. You can also get creative and make some DIY body scrubs from your morning coffee pot and repurpose/reuse the remnants of your morning joe.