When you think of a early morning you probably imagine a cramped train and a cup of coffee – whether that’s a latte or a flat white. Whilst your daily cup of joe is great for perking you up in the morning, it’s also a great little beauty tool. Coffee, or more specifically the caffeine it contains, has many beauty uses you would never have imagined.
Soothe tired eyes
When your week revolves around late nights and early wake up calls it can be difficult to get the amount of sleep you need. This can lead to tired puffy eyes. Many eye creams nowadays contain caffeine as it’s perfect for reducing the excess fluid that’s responsible for puffiness. Try NUXE Merevillance eye cream (£29.00) and put it on the fridge prior to applying to soothe the delicate eye area.
Reduce the appearance of cellulite
Whilst nothing can reduce cellulite completely caffeine is a great way of reducing the appearance of this. You can either use coffee beans in their natural form or use The Seaweed Bath Co Detox Cellulite soap (£9.99). The caffeine works by stimulating blood flow to the area so your skin tightens and the cellulite appears reduced.
Use a temporary hair tint
Whilst you may prefer to use a shop bought product, coffee has the perfect colour and consistency to use as a homemade hair tint. Obviously it’s only really suited to those with brunette hair but it’s a great low cost way of getting a deeper hue.
Avoid skin damage
Caffeine is full of antioxidants which can help your skin to protect itself from the effects of UV rays. The sun is a major factor in the production of free radicals which damage the atoms in your skin cells and increase the rate at which your skin ages. The antioxidants in caffeine prevent the free radicals damaging your skin by giving it the electrons it would normally take from your skin cells. Try Origins Ginzing Ultra-hydrating energy boosting cream (£25.00).
Boost hair growth
If you apply caffeine topically you can stimulate your hair follicles. Over time this will help your hair to grow longer, perfect if you previously struggled to grow out your hair. Try L’Anza Keratin healing oil intensive hair masque (£37.50).
Use as a exfoliator
Whether it’s on your face or your scalp the gritty consistency of coffee granules is great as a homemade exfoliator. It will help to remove dead skin cells which will leave skin smooth.
Top beauty benefits
- Hair will look more shiny after use
- Using coffee on your face can help to increased the production of collagen due to the caffeic acid that it contains. Who needs pricey anti ageing cream when you can use a naturally grown product!
Give yourself a homemade foot treatment
If you have a lot of dead skin on your feet coffee granules are great for removing this and leaving skin soft. Mix together coffee and coconut oil for the perfect combination of exfoliator and moisturiser. Rub onto your feet in a circular motion and then wash off.