The Many Perks of Adding Coffee to Your Beauty Routine
Whether your preference is black, latte, espresso or even iced, coffee is our trusty go-to to get us through the day. (Especially during the chaos that is fashion week.) But that caffeine fix also has serious perks for your skin.
You’ve probably noticed java notes in your favorite perfumes, but it’s also used in everything from scrubs to eye creams. That’s because it’s chock-full of antioxidants to protect skin from environmental aggressors. It also triggers blood flow and promotes collagen production. And coffee grounds are awesome exfoliators.
When it comes to beauty, you definitely don’t want to favor decaffeinated. Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties to help calm complexions and lure out excess fluid from cells, allowing your skin to tone and tighten.
Here are the best coffee beauty products to stimulate bright and bouncy skin.
Frank Body The Original Lip Duo, $19.95 at Frank Body
Because things are better in pairs, Frank Body decided to combine its famous lip scrub and lip balm into one handy kisser-saving package. The scrub buffs chapped lips for a plumper pout, while the balm hydrates and repairs to keep flakes at bay. Both rely on coffee to stimulate blood flow, promote collagen production and make lips full and juicy. They also boast oils (think coconut, macadamia and grapeseed) to keep puckers super soft.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff, $28.90 at Macy's
Wake up your tired eyes with this coffee bean-rich cream. The beans not only perk up your peepers in the morning, they also restore radiance to dreary skin. Teamed with panax ginseng, magnolia extract and natural optic brighteners, the beans will help banish bags and dark circles for a fresh-faced effect.
Julep Love Your Bare Face Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $18.70 at Macy's
Forget makeup wipes, this hydrating cleansing oil will get rid of makeup while dissolving dirt and impurities without stripping skin. Bolstered by green coffee bean oil that invigorates skin and promotes cell turnover, the face oil also contains rosehip seed oil to repair and protect against environmental damage, antioxidant grapeseed oil along with olive oil to soften and hydrate. Add in Malvaceae lipid extract to improve barrier function so skin retains moisture and you’ve got a lightweight oil that wipes away even long-wear makeup while nourishing your skin.
Caudalie Vinergetic C+ Instant Detox Mask, $39 at Caudalie
Put the pep back into tired skin with a detoxifying face mask. Caudalie’s version draws out all those nasty impurities to refresh lackluster complexions. It’s all thanks to purifying pink clay and coffee, radiance-boosting papaya enzymes, detoxifying grape marc and eight essential nourishing oils. Twice weekly, apply a thin layer on your dry face and leave on 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing. Follow up with your fave serum or moisturizer for a perkier visage.
The Body Shop Spa of the World Ethiopian Green Coffee Cream, $16 at Ulta Beauty
Coffee plays a big part in traditional Ethiopian culture so it’s not surprising that The Body Shop turned to the country’s Kaffa region for its silky soft cream. The green coffee’s caffeine is a natural stimulant, leaving skin smoother and firmer. Massage on anywhere you want to tone up, like arms, abdomen, hips, buttocks and thighs.
Nails inc Caffeine Hit Exfoliating Coffee Scrub, $15 at Nails inc
Don’t restrict exfoliation to your face. Your hands and feet need a little love, too. Made from natural coffee grains, this scrub lifts away dead skin cells while the scrubbing action supports healthy blood flow. Simply massage the scrub in circular movements on your hands and feet, then rinse with warm water. Unlike a cup of joe, you only need to rely on this treat once or twice a week.
100% Pure Caffeine Mask, $8 at The Detox Market
Give your complexion a jolt with this completely natural sheet mask boasting skin-brightening coffee and vitamin C. There’s also green tea extract to prevent collagen breakdown and reduce UV damage. Plus, it contains aloe leaf extract to help lock in moisture.
Tom Ford Café Rose Eau de Parfum, $263 at Tom Ford
Coffee is frequently used to spice up perfume and Tom Ford’s unisex Café Rose is no exception. Its dark coffee enhances the underlying rose essences surrounded by incense resin, amber, sandalwood and patchouli to create depth. The result is a rich scent you won’t mind sharing with your SO.
Wash With Joe Original Coffeemint, $30 at Wash With Joe
Who needs a cup of coffee in the morning to wake up when you can just lather up with this 100 percent real coffee body wash? Enhanced with a shot of mint, this cleanser provides that morning jolt without any bitter aftertaste.
SheaMoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Ground Coffee Scrub, $18.95 at Amazon
Make even the roughest patches super smooth with this scrub. The ground coffee energizes and nourishes skin, while virgin coconut oil offers lightweight hydration. Simply mix the contents, scoop out a small amount and gently massage into your skin using circular motions. Then just rinse your dry skin away.