Ah, the humble cup of Joe. Every morning, countless people turn to their coffee cup for an energy boost and motivation to face the day ahead. However, recently more innovative ways of incorporating coffee into your daily routine have been appearing. Coffee has now been introduced into skin care routines. But, is skipping the cup and getting straight to the source really beneficial?
Caffeine-infused products are hitting the beauty aisles left, right and center, claiming to target trouble areas of cellulite, reduce puffiness around the eyes and smooth out wrinkles. Not only are the shelves full of these miracle inducing creams and scrubs, now beauty bloggers are lauding the benefits of coffee and caffeine in skin care, and social media is fuelling the caffeine enhanced fire. Instagram is chock-a-block with celebrities – both real and “insta-famous” posing with a face covered in coffee scrub and a big smile. Companies such as Frank Body, TIFF Body and Mr Bean Body have utilized social media (such as Instagram) to the highest degree to get their product noticed; all have thousands of followers, famous bloggers promoting their products and plenty of suggestive shower pictures.
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There are hoards of beauty blogs that praise the use of both caffeine in products and DIY coffee skin care, with plenty of how-to’s to be found. Some of the (many) benefits that can be found on these blogs include: exfoliating, brightening skin, even going so far as to say caffeine can ward off skin cancer. Of course, there must be some truth behind the social media storm. Scientific research has found that caffeine demonstrates antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, reduces the depth of wrinkles and stimulates blood flow, which maintains the ideal that coffee scrubs target cellulite. In very general terms, coffee and skin have a similar PH level, which leaves skin feeling fresh instead of dry or oily.
However, research has found that though caffeine has many benefits, the results achieved from many products claiming caffeine as its star ingredient haven’t actually been achieved just by the addition of caffeine. If you’re not one for splashing out on brand new products that you’re not sure will even work, why not give some DIY projects a go! Save the grounds from your morning coffee and try a couple of these out:
Eliminate puffy eyes – set your grounds aside and let them cool. Apply cooled grounds to the under eye area and relax for twenty minutes before rinsing off with cool water;
Brighten your skin – Mix two tablespoons of organic plain yogurt with one tablespoon of ground coffee and apply to your freshly washed face. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, then rinse. Click here to learn more ;
Exfoliate face & body – Mix 1/2 cup ground coffee, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil. Make a paste and apply, wait a while and massage the scrub on your face with gentle circular motions. Wash off with water and follow up with your favorite moisturizer. Click here to learn more ;
Glowing face mask – Mix 2 tablespoons freshly ground coffee (or used grinds), 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons whole milk, heavy cream, or yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey. Apply a light coat to your face, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse with a warm cloth. Click here to learn more ;
Coffee Salt Scrub – Put 1 cup coffee grounds into a bowl, add 1 tbsp salt and stir together. Add 1/3 cup of oil of your choice and stir. Step into the shower or bath to reduce mess and scrub-a-dub-dub! Click here to learn more .