WAKE UP YOUR SKIN ROU­TINE

THERE ARE GROUNDS FOR US­ING COF­FEE ON YOUR SKIN AS A MASK, SCRUB OR PASTE TO CLEANSE, IM­PROVE AP­PEAR­ANCE AND MAYBE SLOW THE AGEING PROCESS

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Most of us love to drink it, whether it is in the form of an espresso mar­tini, short black, latte or liqueur. Cof­fee is trend­ing: just check the 105 mil­lion posts on In­sta­gram.

It is also fast gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion as an al­ter­na­tive rem­edy for skin care and the beauty in­dus­try has jumped on­board.

While cof­fee can pro­vide an­tiox­i­dants in­ter­nally, the skin’s ben­e­fits from cof­fee are pri­mar­ily ob­tained top­i­cally.

Cof­fee masks, scrubs or pastes are now ap­plied to the skin di­rectly.

So, don’t go throw­ing out your ground beans. In­stead, turn them into your daily beauty regime.

It is thought that the caf­feine con­tent in cof­fee is the key to cel­lulite re­duc­tion be­cause it helps di­late the blood ves­sels be­neath the skin and im­prove over­all blood flow.

One thing we are all try­ing to stop is the ageing process, and adding cof­fee di­rectly to your skin may help de­crease the ap­pear­ance of sun spots, red­ness and fine lines.

Us­ing a good cof­fee scrub or paste can also help anti-in­flam­ma­tory af­fected ar­eas on your body.

Cof­fee has CGA (chloro­genic acid) that is linked to re­duc­ing hy­per-pig­men­ta­tion that may have a con­nec­tion to in­flam­ma­tion.

We all get them and want to get rid of them: the dreaded dark cir­cles.

Cof­fee may help treat stub­born dark cir­cles un­der the eyes be­cause the caf­feine in cof­fee helps di­late the blood ves­sels that con­trib­ute to dark cir­cles.

I have found the best beauty hack for this:

Help­ing to erase dark cir­cles

Com­bine tsp each of cof­fee grounds and olive oil. Add in a cou­ple of drops of wa­ter to make a small paste in your hand.

Gen­tly pat un­der­neath your eyes with­out rub­bing

Leave the mix­ture on the skin for 5–10 min­utes

Rinse off with wa­ter or gen­tly wipe the mask with a soft cloth.

Re­peat as of­ten as needed.

There are many ways to make a cof­fee face mask at home. The best way is to mix cof­fee grounds with a non-come­do­genic in­gre­di­ent (some­thing that won’t clog your pores).

Here’s one I pre­pared ear­lier: Cof­fee mask

Mix to­gether equal parts olive oil and cof­fee grounds

Ap­ply to your face in a cir­cu­lar mo­tion Leave mask on for 15–60 min­utes

Rinse off with warm wa­ter. Re­peat up to three times a week.

At the end of the day, cof­fee is a multi-pur­pose prod­uct that can of­fer more ben­e­fits than just your morn­ing buzz.

It’s al­ways a good idea to check with your der­ma­tol­o­gist if you’re not see­ing a de­sired re­sult.

Like all good skin treat­ments, you need to al­low a few weeks be­fore see­ing a re­sult and opt­ing to move on to an­other treat­ment.

If you don’t have the time to cre­ate your own cof­fee beauty prod­ucts, re­tail out­lets across the coun­try are stock­ing some amaz­ing cof­fee prod­ucts to test and try your­self.

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