Turns out, your everyday cup of coffee can have major benefits for your hair and skin. Research reveals that unique antioxidants and compounds in coffee can fade dark circles, smooth away cellulite, and even fight thinning hair! Below, we’ve uncovered all the ways your favorite hot drink can make you look your best ever.
Age-proof your eyes with coffee extract. “Coffee extract is a true powerhouse for your under-eye area, since it targets fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles,” revealed beauty expert Sunny Subramanian, author of the upcoming The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty. “Coffee is rich in vitamin K, one of the few ingredients shown to neutralize purple tones under the eyes, and its caffeine helps constructs blood vessels to reduce puffiness,” she said. Plus, potent antioxidants soften crow’s feet over time.
Use a coffee-infused eye cream like 100 percent Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream ($25 at Birchbox.com), or freeze strong coffee into ice cubes and use them under your eyes before your regular eye cream.
Fight thinning hair with caffeine. A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology shows that caffeine can actually stimulate hair follicles, causing hair to grow thicker and faster. And an affordable new haircare line lets you reap the benefits. OGX’s “Fight Fallout Niacin & Caffeine” line features a shampoo, conditioner, and root stimulator spray ($8 each at drugstores) that work in tandem to exfoliate the scalp and block the production of DHT, a hormone linked to thinning hair.
If you’re a brunette, you can also make your own coffee rinse (it can be staining on blonde hair) at home. “Shampoo, rinse, and squeeze out excess water,” Subramanian said. “Using a spray bottle, spray strongly brewed cold coffee over all your hair, starting at the roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait 30 minutes, then rinse.”
Look younger with a shot of espresso. Self-proclaimed coffee addicts Julianna Margulies, 50, and Sofia Vergara, 44, both look much younger than their years, and a 2015 study may prove why. Turns out, there’s a significant correlation between coffee consumption and even-toned skin. Researchers speculate that coffee’s polyphenols offer natural sun protection and prevent pigmentation, which is actually more aging than wrinkles. So go ahead and order that red eye (regular coffee with an added shot of espresso) or flat white (“micro-foamed” milk poured over a shot of espresso)—your skin will thank you for it later!
Scrub away cellulite with coffee grounds. What would possess celebrities like Halle Berry to save their coffee grounds? The promise of smooth, dimple-free thighs!
“Coffee scrubs can help reduce the appearance of cellulite,” confirmed Dr. Anthony Youn, author of The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Look Ten Years Younger. “The coffee’s caffeine dilates blood vessels and reduces water retention, so your skin looks firmer and smoother.” One to try: Alba Espresso & Coffee Beans Firming Scrub ($9 at Target)
DIY Coffee Scrub
Mix together one-half cup coffee grounds (used or fresh), one-half cup raw sugar, and 1 cup of coconut oil. Pour the mixture into a re-closable jar and stash it in the shower. You can use the product daily, and it keeps indefinitely.
Firm your skin with a coffee face mask. Want a “mini face lift” before a big night out? “Smooth on a coffee-infused face mask,” suggested Nicole Dzurko, creator of Revival Body Care. “Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it temporarily tightens and firms the skin. It also increases the production of collagen and elastin over time, which helps you get that taut, lifted look.” One to try: Lush Cup ‘O Coffee Face and Body Mask ($10.95 at Lushusa.com).