Why Caffeine is the Beauty Product Ingredient You Need in Your Life
Your caffeine addiction just got even more delicious. Along with the incessant urge to sip gallons of morning glory, we’ve discovered bigger and more beautiful things that a cup of joe can do. We’re here to advise upping your love for coffee by, well, slathering it on your skin. Turns out, caffeine in beauty products is a major must-have.
Coffee grinds are chock-full of potent antioxidants that can help fight free radicals. Caffeine also has the capacity to constrict your blood vessels, and reduce inflammation including those god-forsaken dark circles under your eyes. Where your bottomless cups of coffee can often cause dehydration (sorry but it’s true), caffeine is put to good use when applied to the surface of your skin. These DIY and caffeine-infused beauty buys draw excess fluid from your fat cells to help support and enhance the condition and clarity of your skin, from face to feet.
These are the fast facts about coffee: it’s brimming with superhero-worthy antioxidants, and while we might usually associate that healthy buzzword with blueberries and kale, coffee is packing a serious punch of its own. From fighting premature signs of aging, to erasing environmental damage, sloughing away dead skin, cleaning your scalp, tightening your pores and brightening your skin, there’s almost nothing this magical bean can’t do.
1. Body wash
Coffee body washes and scrubs work wonders for detoxing, clarifying and sloughing off unhealthy and dead skin. This drink-turned-skin-softener will also prove to be much more gentle than a sugar scrub and deliver the same flawless finish. Working this into your shower routine will help lift off dead skin cells sans irritation, all while providing a familiar and fragrant morning experience. If you’re DIYing, just make sure to use a drain filter, as ground beans
can will definitely clog up your shower drain.
Wash With Joe CoffeeMint Invigorating Body Wash, ($32, at Jacob & Sebastian)
Citrus Coffee Body Scrub
1 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of fresh coffee grounds
1/2 cup of brown sugar
6 drops orange essential oil
1. Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl, and stir until consistency is even.
2. Apply from face to feet and scrub gently.
3. Wash off in the shower and voila! Smooth skin.
2. Scalp scrub
Besides feeling heavenly, a scalp scrub will aid in eliminating the build up of dirt and debris that might be causing that winter itch. Scrubbing up with coffee will act as superior antibacterial and antioxidant layer, which will work wonders for those suffering with dandruff, psoriasis or dermatitis. Used regularly, you can also remedy an oily scalp, and infuse a rich colour and shine for those looking for a boost of bold (beware blondes). Best practice suggests that you massage the scrub into your scalp in a slow and circular motion.
Bliss Fatgirlsoap, ($21, thebay.com)
Scalp Scrub and Conditioner
4 heaping tablespoons of coffee grounds
1 tablespoon of your favourite conditioner
2 drops of tea tree oil
1. Mix the coffee grounds and conditioner in a bowl until consistency is even.
2. Add in a few drops of tea tree oil, which acts as an antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti fungal property.
3. Work mixture into hair and leave on strands for 5 minutes.
4. Rinse out thoroughly.
3. Face and lip scrub
Fear not sensitive skin sufferers, this scrub won’t make your face freak out. Coffee can calm and reduce inflamed skin, thanks to the same antioxidants that can help fight aging. If you’re drinking it in the morning for those mental clarification benefits, scrubbing up will do the same for your skin. Rub into the dermis for improved blood flood resulting in a brighter and more radiant complexion come morning.
Hurraw! Coffee Balm, ($6, hurrawbalm.com)
Coffee Facial Scrub
1 cup of organic coconut oil
6 tablespoons of coffee grounds
1. Mix all ingredients, until the consistency is even.
2. Scrub gently into skin, working the mixture in a circular motion.
3. Rinse thoroughly and proceed with your routine skincare regimen.
4. Cellulite fix
Cellulite is enemy number one in caffeine’s burn book, meaning this temporary boost goes the extra mile. When applied while warm, it helps to soften skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. This quick fix will temporarily draw fluid away from fat cells, essentially drying them out and shrinking them in size, reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Fig + Yarrow Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub, ($48, figandyarrow.com)
Cellulite Fix Body Scrub
1 cup of coffee grounds
6 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
1. Mix all ingredients until you’re happy with the texture.
2. Scrub onto damp skin, working in a circular motion (or using a skin brush).
3. Rinse off thoroughly.
5. Under eye treatment
Consider this a no-needle fix for your lines and under eye circles. Not only will the antioxidants reduce puffiness and swelling around your peepers, but the added caffeine will help wake up your skin. With continued use, your dark circles will be minimized as the coffee restricts the blood vessels resulting in a more rested appearance.
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, ($32, sephora.com)
Under Eye Mask
1 tablespoon of coffee grounds
1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera
1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil
1. Mix all ingredients until consistency is smooth.
2. Apply a thick layer under and around eyes.
3. Leave the mixture on for around 10 minutes.
4. Rinse off thoroughly and continue with your usual skincare regimen.