Coffee is not only amazing because of its deliciousness, it has countless benefits. This antioxidant-packed multitasker can also help improve your hair, skin, and more. Here are some tips that your morning brew can do for your outer beauty.
Brighten your face
When it comes to antioxidants, Julia Hunter, MD, a dermatologist at Wholistic Dermatology in Beverly Hills, CA, believes in doubling up. “Drinking coffee is one piece of the puzzle; another is putting it on the surface of your skin,” she says. A coffee facial scrub can help brighten skin, prevent clogged pores, and soften lines. The acid in coffee gives you some chemical exfoliation on top of mechanical exfoliation, says Hunter. It also helps bolster skin’s protective barrier. “That’s what keeps you healthy when bacteria, viruses, and fungi are landing on your skin 24/7,” she says. To make the coffee scrub:
In a bowl, soak coffee grounds in warm, filtered water (coffee grounds will sink to the bottom of the bowl), and add epsom salts. Rinse your face with the water from the bowl, then scoop up the grounds to gently scrub skin. Finish by rinsing with more of the water from the bowl.
Help ward off skin cancer
According to the results of a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, you may someday slather coffee on your burn-prone parts to protect your skin from sun dama
ge. Researchers found that topically applied caffeine helped protect against some skin cancers at the molecular level by inhibiting a protein enzyme in skin. In the meantime, protect yourself from melanoma by reducing sun and UV exposure,” says Erikka Loftfield, study coauthor and doctoral student at the Yale School of Public Health.
De-puff tired eyes
Any eye cream that promises to unpack your under-eye bags or lighten up dark circles probably contains caffeine. “If you put coffee on the skin’s surface, it dehydrates and constricts blood vessels,” says Hunter. “The area under your eyes is a lymphatic channel that drains poorly, and caffeine helps remove water from the system.” As for dark circles, she says, “As we age, under-eye skin gets thinner, making it easier to see the blood vessels. The vessel-constricting effect of coffee could temporarily help—expect to see results for 30 minutes to an hour.”
Take a half cup of ground coffee and massage on your wet hair for two minutes. Rinse it off with your regular shampoo and conditioner. This Will get rid of excess product build up and dead skin cells. Do not forget to stick to the recommended limit of 400 mg of caffeine per day to avoid dehydrating yourself.