By Iman Said, Social Media Coordinator
For many of us coffee is an indispensable part of our day and it often gets a bad rep for a lot of things like insomnia and dehydration, but what we don’t hear enough about is how beneficial it is for maintaining your skin health. Before you decide to chug 5 latte’s a day, hold still, because the majority of coffee’s benefits kick in when applied topically – which is why they’re often in the ingredient list of your favourite beauty buys. So here are 5 ways caffeine can benefit your skin:
1. Fights Free Radicals
Free radicals are responsible for causing premature skin aging and we are exposed to many causes of free radical damage on a daily basis (pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol and sunlight). The only way to prevent free radical damage is to make use of antioxidants in your skincare routine. Caffeine is antioxidant rich and can therefore neutralize the effects of free radicals before they can wreak havoc on our skin.
2. Treats Under Eye Dark Circles/Puffiness
Under eye dark circles can be caused by various factors such as dehydration, allergies, exhaustion or genetics. Puffiness can be attributed to a high-sodium diet, which causes bloating in the face and around the eyes specifically. Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties so it can reduce inflammation and increase the blood circulation around your eye area so it looks instantly brighter. It can also absorb the water retention that causes bloating and puffiness in the face and eyes. So next time you’re making ground coffee take some with water and gently massage it into your skin in the morning for a recharged, brightened and tightened complexion!
3. Anti-Redness & Anti-Inflammatory
Caffeine possesses anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective in reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. Caffeine has the ability to constrict blood vessels, which calm and reduce irritated, red skin making it an ideal treatment for anyone with sensitive, easily aggravated skin and rosacea.
4. Brightens Skin
You know how coffee wakes you up in the morning? It does the same thing for your skin. Caffeine is a natural diuretic so when applied all-over or in the form of a mask or scrub, the stimulating properties of caffeine improve blood flow and making your skin appear radiant, bright, and alive.
5. Repairs UV Damage
Many studies have stated that caffeine can repair the skin damage caused by exposure to UV rays and it can also protect against UV-induced skin cancer. It is also considered to have stronger antioxidants than the polyphenols contained in green tea and is one of the best antioxidants to combat UV damage. While this definitely doesn’t mean you should swap out your sunscreen for coffee, it means you can actually spend an extra 5-10 minutes in the sun before frantically looking for shade.
(Bonus!) Reduces Cellulite
This may be the most commonly known skin benefit of caffeine since that one time Halle Berry said she used ground coffee with her body wash to get rid of cellulite. Caffeine is a diuretic and so it has the ability to draw fluid away from fat cells in order to dehydrate them. This shrinks them immediately so that you can see the tightening effect from the outside as it stimulates blood flow. So exfoliate away for smoother, tighter skin!