There are few things in life as wondrous as coffee. We know it best as the drink that makes our workdays possible, but whether in liquid, bean, ground, or extract form, the magical substance also works overtime to help a girl out in the beauty department. For example, did you know that caffeine is scientifically proven to blast away cellulite? Or that applying some java to your hair can boost growth? Or that it’s a pretty darn effective way to kiss puffy eyes goodbye?
Put it on your Face
Seriously, this ingredient is good for a lot more than a 3 p.m pick-me-up. Under-eye bags can be caused by water retention, and as dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman explains, “caffeine aids in lymphatic drainage and smoothes the appearance of the skin” so if you got a restless night, make yourself a big cup of coffee and then get your eyes a caffeine fix, too.
For Reducing Inflammation
Caffeine constricts blood vessels. This sounds scary, but never fear! it’s good thing. When your blood vessels are dilated, they’re more visible, resulting in noticeable redness and constriction helps get rid of that problem.
For a Wake-Up Call
We can all agree that the smell of coffee is a much more charming wake-up call than your average alarm clock. So why not add a coffee-based exfoliator to your morning routine? Caffeine’s diuretic properties will leave your skin looking smooth, too.
For Slowing Down the Aging process
Studies have shown that caffeine can help to defend skin against the sun’s harmful UV rays, which are among the biggest culprits when it comes to rapidly aging skin. A bit of caffeine-infused skin care (plus sunscreen, of course) can keep your complexion looking healthy and youthful.