As we move past brushing off haters who ask us to control our intake of coffee, we’re more than happy to admit that we aren’t exactly inclined to give up that morning cup. And now, there is a slew of undercover beauty tricks that include coffee as a major component.
We’ve rounded up five ways to incorporate coffee into your skincare routine that even a tea drinker would enjoy.
Eliminates puffy eyes
In a world packed with stressful work deadlines and numerous challenging tasks, the majority of us are not getting enough sleep, which gives way to puffy eyes and dark circles. Coffee is a game-changer that can help you get a morning pick-me-up for your eyes, not just your brain. Try saving the grounds from your morning pot of coffee and set them aside to cool before applying to the under-eye area and eyelids. Hang out the beans or soak them in a relaxing bath for about 20 minutes, then rinse off the grounds with cool water.
Helps exfoliate the skin
Ground coffee has long been used as a natural exfoliant, but in recent years coffee-infused body scrubs have really carved a place in the beauty market. It is no surprise that coffee grounds have the perfect consistency for a great exfoliator. Not only that, coffee beans contain caffeic acid, which really boosts collagen production. Also, the best part (drumrolls, please!), coffee scrubs help in minimising the appearance of cellulite, which is something we all struggle with it, even those of us who are naturally slim. Exfoliating and massaging coffee scrub stimulates blood flow and as a result, makes the skin tight.
Brightens and moisturises skin
Coffee face-masks are natural and brighten your skin. To make a smooth face mask, take two tablespoons of yoghurt along with two tablespoons of honey and four tablespoons of used grounds and mix well. Rub the mask gently over your face and leave it on for half an hour. Wash the mixture off with cold water and you shall notice that your skin appears brighter, softer and smooth for sure. The caffeine helps to stimulate your skin, while the honey and yoghurt moisturise it, giving a youthful appearance. The ingredients are affordable too. However, we suggest you do a patch test and see how your body reacts.
For a fake tan
Who doesn’t like glowing like a Goddess who spent hours to get that gorgeous golden glow? In order to get this bronzer or fake tan, all you have to do is pour instant coffee into a small bowl, crush it up into a powder, and add it to your favourite lotion. Don’t be fooled and worried by the colour of the concoction, because it’ll be much lighter on the skin. At first, it might completely look orange-ish, but hold on it will get back to looking pretty natural.
Coffee bathing bar
While scrubs are effective, they can also make for a messy affair. Hence, an easy-to-use alternative are coffee bars. The natural oil in coffee contains enzymes that detoxify, cleanse and help unclog pores, making it ideal for treating acne, eczema and other skin problems.
Will you include coffee in your skincare routine? Let us know in the comments below.