The pick-me-up properties of the coffee bean extend to beauty products too, says Megan Bedford.
coffee pick-me-ups for your skin
1. Known to de-puff eye bags and brighten dark circles, caffeine is a key ingredient in many eye creams and serums, such as Trilogy CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate, $40, which also minimises fine lines. 2. Luminous Smashbox eye primer, $55, is a pre-make-up must with caffeine to deal to tired skin. 3. Lush Caca Brun Henna bar, $32, calls on coffee beans and cocoa butter to assist henna in creating a rich, shiny, chocolate brown hair colour. 4. The sweet coffee and chocolate scent of Hurraw! Coffee Bean Lip Balm, $7, is appealing enough, but the vegan ingredients leave lips silky smooth and hydrated too. 5. Murad’s Essential-C Eye Cream, $132, combines caffeine with powerful antioxidant Vitamin C to protect and renew the delicate skin in this area. 6. Treat the rest of your body with Trilogy’s luxurious Firming Body Lotion, $30, containing caffeine to tone and tighten. 7. Perk up your shower routine with Sukin Energising Body Scrub, $17.50, which uses ground coffee beans with minuscule pieces of coconut shell to slough dry skin and add moisture. 8. Coffee lovers won’t be able to get enough of the intense scent of Lush Cup o’ Coffee Face and Body Mask, $19.50. 9. A beauty company built on the use of coffee in skincare, Frank has moved beyond its cult body scrub to face products like the gentle Frank Body Creamy Face Scrub, $29, from meccabeauty.co.nz. 10. Whole coffee beans make up the textured surface of Lush Percup Massage Bar, $18.50, which softly massages and stimulates circulation while creamy solidified coconut and jojoba oils supply hydration.
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