If you thought coffee was reserved solely for helping you get out of bed in the morning and putting an extra spring in your step, think again. When it comes to natural body-care remedies, coffee is key. Not only does it work wonders on keeping your skin and hair in tip-top condition, but it also gives you a big beautifying boost from the inside out. Today, in honor of International Coffee Day, we’re celebrating everybody’s favorite morning beverage by revealing why it deserves a spot in your beauty routine.
Cellulite’s number one enemy? Coffee. It helps to stimulate dilation in the skin, tighten, and tone, especially when combined with scrubbing. This helps rid your body of dry and dead skin cells and evens out skin tone. Coffee also has the added bonus of being full of antioxidants and a natural anti-inflammatory. And because it happens to have the same pH level as your skin, it won’t affect the production of natural oils, meaning you won’t feel dry or oily after using it.
Woken up with swollen, puffy eyes? Don’t panic. Simply sweep some coffee onto the area (both grounds and a soaked cotton bud will work) or pick a caffeine-infused product and watch that swelling disappear. Thanks to its (very) high caffeine content, coffee works wonders when it comes to de-puffing eyes by helping to reduce blood flow and stop swelling in its tracks.
Coffee is packed with antioxidants that help protect our body from an array of diseases. It’s also believed to help lower the risk of heart disease, heart attacks, and various cancers. In fact, CNN reported that drinking coffee can help increase life longevity. Just be sure to pick the top-quality, organic kind – here’s why.
Coffee grounds make for the ultimate super scrub because they’re 100 percent natural and incredibly gentle on skin, meaning they won’t leave you feeling sensitive and sore as they slough away dead skin. Click here to discover our recipe for the ultimate DIY coffee scrub.
“One of the best things that we hear and hold onto dearly as we sip at our creamy cappuccinos is that coffee can boost fat burning,” explains nutritionist and body-management consultant Jenna Lincoln. “It does this by lowering triglyceride levels, which improves glucose tolerance and increases the metabolic rate so you burn more calories. It also helps the body burn fat, rather than glucose, for energy as it controls blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity.”
It’s been proven that caffeine helps increase power and strength performance during your workout, so a pre-gym cup of Joe can improve your results and help you go that extra mile. “As well as speeding up recovery and reducing muscle soreness, researchers also suggest that caffeine may improve muscle-glycogen resynthesis post-workout, mobilizing fatty acids so they can be burned for fuel during exercise,” Lincoln tells us.
Just like it perfects and protects skin, coffee can help you get luscious locks as it helps to strengthen and prevent breakage whilst boosting shine. Turn it into a scrub to exfoliate your scalp or use it to tint brown hair, adding a deeper, richer color.
Shop the Best Coffee-Packed Beauty Products
The Eye Cream
For the ultimate way to wake up those eyes and look refreshed – even if you don’t feel it – the Origins ‘GinZing Eye Cream’ is just the ticket. It’s carefully formulated with coffee beans, magnolia extract, and panax ginseng to bring Mother Nature’s finest to your skincare. The caffeine within works to reduce puffiness and tackle those dreaded dark circles, whilst natural optic brighteners refresh and restore to leave you looking bright-eyed and beautiful.
Origins ‘GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream’
The Face Mask
Feed your face with this nutrient-rich superfood mask. Perfect for oilier complexions, it contains activated coconut charcoal and black sea salt to draw out excess oils and dirt from pores, whilst the coffee extract and clay help invigorate skin and add luster. There’s also coconut milk to soften and soothe, and organic cacao and açai berries to protect and load the skin up with antioxidants. The uplifting, citrusy scent combined with a big dose of coffee is sure to wake you – and your skin – up.
Leahlani ‘Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Facial Mask’
The Body Scrub
Packed full of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and – of course – coffee, this super scrub is the ultimate way to buff your body. It also contains Himalayan rock salt and brown sugar to help scrub away dry, flaky skin. The cacao, sweet almond oil, and vitamins E and C within help to hydrate, nourish, and soften. The scrub contains no harsh nasties, so it’s perfect for even the driest and most sensitive of skins. Feel free to use it on your face, too!
Grounded ‘Chocolate Orange Body Scrub’
The Cellulite Treatment
Finally say goodbye to orange-peel skin with Mio’s marvelous cellulite cream. It boosts circulation with Arabica coffee-seed oil and helps improve elasticity with horsetail plant extract and mineral-reach seaweed. Rub a small amount into problem areas daily (it’s highly concentrated so a little goes a long way) and watch your skin get smooth, supple, and cellulite-free.
Mio ‘Shrink to Fit Cellulite Smoother’
Known for its amazing coffee scrubs, Frank Body also boasts a very impressive coffee cleanser to leave your skin feeling squeaky clean, particularly thanks to its activated charcoal content. Arabica coffee-seed extract works to tone and firm, while marshmallow root calms and softens. Alongside that, the coconut, grapeseed, and sweet almond oils get rid of makeup whilst softening and freshening.
Frank Body ‘Creamy Face Cleanser’