You chug down your cups of coffee every morning just to wake up and function, but did you know that you can also use coffee to look your best? Coffee beans are a rich source of antioxidants, which can boost your beauty in many ways. The caffeine it contains is also beneficial to your skin. Here’s how to add coffee to your beauty routine. Have fun!
1. Use Coffee to Soothe Your Skin after Too Much Sun
Coffee has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a good bet for soothing sun exposure. The antioxidants help counteract free radical damage, which can help slash your risk of skin cancer. Look for after-sun lotion that contains coffee and apply it post sunshine. You can also dilute brewed coffee in water, soak a washcloth in the solution and then apply it directly to your skin.
2. Coffee Makes a Great Skin Scrub
Regular exfoliation is a good way to slough off dead skin cells and leave your entire body looking fresh and young. Experts say that you should exfoliate at least once a week, and coffee is the perfect ingredient for getting the job done right. The caffeine helps plump your skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite. Combine coffee grounds with sugar and coconut oil and gently massage it over your body before rinsing.
3. Get Rid of Bags under Your Eyes
The caffeine in coffee constricts blood vessels. When you apply it under your eyes, it can help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Many eye creams contain coffee so it’s not hard to find something that works for you. You can also soak cotton makeup rounds in cold coffee and place them over closed eyes for about 10 minutes to get the same results.
4. Give Your Hair Color a Boost
If you don’t like harsh chemicals on your body and in your hair, coffee is a natural choice for giving you a great brown color. Apply cooled brewed coffee to your strands and cover your head with a shower cap. Allow the color to soak in for about 30 minutes before rinsing. This method isn’t permanent, but it’s fast and easy to keep up with so you never have to worry about your roots showing.
5. While You’re at It, Give Your Hair Some Volume
Coffee gives your hair an awesome color, but it also stimulates growth at the roots, which increases volume and gives you lush hair you can be proud to show off. You can easily get the results you want by adding coffee grounds to your conditioner once a week or so. You might also want to try a conditioner that is infused with coffee so that you don’t have to do all the hard work.
6. Give Your Skin a Great Glow
Glowing skin is beautiful and it’s something all us ladies want, right? Turns out your coffee can get the job done with ease. As it works to exfoliate your face, it produces that youthful radiance you crave so much. To get it, combine coffee grounds with cocoa powder, honey and milk. Apply the mixture to your face, gently massaging it in. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Or, try a coffee infused mask from the drugstore for similar results.
7. A Coffee Foot Scrub is the Perfect Way to End the Day
After a long hard day, a bit of relaxing is just what the doctor ordered. You can do this by soaking your feet in a mixture of coffee and coconut oil. The combination of ingredients soothes your skin and helps hydrate your feet so they are soft and smooth when you hit the sack. As you soak your feet in warm water, gently massage the coffee and coconut oil mixture into each of your feet, then rinse.
8. Increase Circulation
Freeze coffee into ice cubes and use around your eyes and face to boost circulation. This reduces puffiness and increases blood flow to your face giving you a healthy glow. I'm sure it works on other areas too such as cellulite. :)
9. Protect Your Body inside and out
What's better than rubbing coffee all over your body? Drinking it! A cup of joe has antioxidants that prevent premature aging, free radical, and pollution damage to your skin.
Whether it's removing the smell of onions or garlic long after cooking, or cleansing your nasal passages of smells when testing perfume, coffee is your fix. Scrub your hands with grounds and rinse to remove smells from hands. Sniff coffee grounds in between perfume scents to stop nasal confusion and decide what's best.
How do you use coffee? Are you going to try any of these ideas?