While coffee may kick-start your morning routine, it’s probably not your go-to when it comes to skincare. But when applied topically to face and body, caffeine has been shown to increase circulation, stimulate hair growth and banish cellulite and under-eye bags. Intrigued? Here’s why it deserves a place in your beauty regime...
To Banish Dry Skin
Unlike many body scrubs on the market, coffee, in its freshly roasted and ground form, is a natural and effective way to buff away dry, dead cells and encourage rejuvenation. With a coarser grind than most gel or sugar scrubs, arm yourself with a coffee scrub to exfoliate dry and flaky skin in the shower or bath. If you haven’t tried Frank Body’s cult Coffee Scrub, £12.95, yet, then do – packed with sweet almond oil and vitamin E, it leaves even the driest of limbs feeling silky smooth.
To Boost Hair Growth
Coffee’s antioxidant properties also extend to hair, with myriad masks and serums using the ingredient to prevent breakage, enhance shine and boost growth – it can also be used to prevent hair shedding, an issue that affects many women during pregnancy and the menopause. Try Grow Gorgeous’ Back Into the Roots Masque, £16.80, to promote a thicker, fuller head of hair or swap your usual conditioner for Stemm’s Black Fulvic Conditioner, £28, for healthier, more lustrous strands.
To Protect Your Skin
In topical form, caffeine has antioxidant properties and helps the skin protect itself from UV effects. As a powerful antioxidant, it can also help those suffering from redness or rosacea by calming irritated and blotchy skin. This Works’ Energy Bank Sun Flash, £28, uses caffeine to protect skin from free radicals, which cause ageing, as well as boost blood flow to give you a fresh-faced glow. You’ll also find it in Origins’ GinZing Moisturiser, £25.
To Soothe Your Eyes
Eye creams that contain caffeine help to reduce under-eye puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and thus reducing swelling. Clinique’s Pep-Start Eye Cream, £22, uses the ingredient to banish excess fluid for a bright-eyed look while Bliss’ Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Eye Gel, £42, is packed with caffeine and provides an instant cooling effect to perk up tired eyes.
To Tackle Cellulite
As caffeine is a diuretic, creams and serums containing the ingredient can temporarily minimise the visibility of orange peel by drawing fluid away from fat cells (essentially dehydrating the fat cells). This, in turn, shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening effect. Bliss’ cult Fat Girl Slim, £33, and Nip + Fab’s Cellulite Body Fix, £18.50, champion caffeine as their main ingredient, so make a bee-line for these if you’re looking for a quick cellulite fix.