Target your winter skin woes with caffeine

Your morning coffee is a sure fire way to give you a kick - but do you know how effective caffeine is when it's applied to your skin?

Hair & Beauty

Hot off the beauty news press: caffeine is great for reviving winter skin! Face and body scrubs containing the wonder ingredient are our new go-to for invigorating a weather worn complexion. Packed full of skin-friendly antioxidants and a natural exfoliator, it makes total sense to add a caffeine fix to your routine.

5 benefits of caffeine skincare

1. Reduces cellulite

Studies suggest that caffeine may be able to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. This works by dilating blood vessels under the skin to improve blood flow. By exfoliating using a coffee scrub, you're also buffing away dead skin with exfoliation, which also creates a smoother appearance.

2. Has a calming effect

Coffee scrubs are full of antioxidants, which may encourage a calming effect when a coffee scrub is applied topically, in contrast to the stimulating effect it causes when ingested.

3. Encourages anti-ageing

There are studies that support the use of coffee as a way of decreasing the appearance of fine lines and sun spots, making skin appear more youthful.

4. Source of vitamin B3

Coffee is a rich source of vitamin B3 which, as a supplement, may help lower cholesterol, ease arthritis and boost brain function, among other benefits. When applied topically, it may be helpful in preventing nonmelanoma skin cancers and can possibly prevent other skin growths.

5. Acne treatment

Not only does coffee reduce inflammation thanks to chlorigenic acid and melanoids, but in the case of a wound or frequent skin infections, the regular use of coffee could help combat problems from the harmful bacteria that causes acne. The antioxidants in coffee have both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Combined with the natural exfoliation of coffee grounds, all these benefits can collectively fight acne.

Peruse the internet for DIY recipes or check out Delhicious' ready-made caffeine-based scrubs.

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