Many of us can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, but have you ever considered adding it to your beauty regimen? Not only does the stuff boost your energy in the morning, but it can tighten your skin, reduce redness and inflammation in your complexion and even prevent premature aging, according to POPSUGAR. Who knew this powerful morning pick-me-up could be so beneficial?
Here are a few ways to add coffee to your daily beauty regimen:
1. Brighten your skin
Drinking coffee can initially help your complexion, but using it directly on your skin is even more effective, according to Julia Hunter, MD. By using a coffee facial scrub, made with soaked coffee grounds and epsom salts, you can prevent clogged pores, soften lines and boost your skin’s protective barrier.
“Drinking coffee is one piece of the puzzle; another is putting it on the surface of your skin,” she told Prevention magazine. “That’s what keeps you healthy when bacteria, viruses, and fungi are landing on your skin 24/7.”
2. Reduce puffy eyes
Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night is critical to overall wellness, but let’s face it: It’s not always feasible. Unfortunately, late nights can equal puffy eyes and dark circles the next morning. You can easily eliminate the inflammation and discoloration, by applying leftover coffee grounds to your under-eyes and eyelids, according to StyleCaster. Let the solution sit for about 20 minutes, then wash away with cold water.
3. Increase blood circulation
If you want to increase blood flow to the face that results in brighter, healthier-looking skin, make coffee ice cubes! We’re not suggesting you drop them in your hot cup to cool down your brew – instead, place them on your face and trace your eye area and the bone structure to reduce redness and puffiness. The result? A glowing complexion!
While cleansing is a critical component to taking care of your face, exfoliating is necessary to remove dead skin and smooth the surface for a beautiful, rejuvenated complexion. Instead of heading to the beauty supply store and spending your hard-earned cash on an overpriced exfoliator, why not use your leftover coffee grounds instead? Prevention recommended making a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar, 1 cup cooled coffee grounds, 1 1/2 tablespoons jojoba oil and tea leaves from two green tea bags. Apply the solution to your face and gently rub it in in a circular motion before you jump in the shower. Let the exfoliant rest for a few minutes, rinse, step out of the shower, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizer.
By incorporating these trendy coffee-inspired habits in your beauty regimen, you can rejuvenate your skin and boost your confidence. If you need more assistance looking and feeling your best, schedule your free consultation at Ideal Image today.