Beauty Secrets: 7 Surprising Skin Benefits of Coffee

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Mar 28, 2015 05:46 AM EDT

Coffee is best known as a stimulating beverage that helps millions of people wake up in the morning. But did you know that coffee has surprising benefits for the skin?

The caffeine in the coffee is known to have good skin benefits such as reducing redness and inflammation, according to a 1981 Seoul National University study, notes Live Strong. In another study from the University of Tennessee in 1978, adding caffeine to anti-inflammatory creams increased its effectiveness as a skin caring agent.

Here are more reasons why you should add coffee to your skin care routine:

Coffee Reduce Eye Puffiness

Caffeine, when applied topically to the skin, constricts the blood vessels under the skin and help reduce swelling and depuff eyes. It is recommended to use eye cream that has caffeine as an active ingredient, notes Huffington Post.

Coffee Exfoliates the Skin

Repurpose old coffee grounds by using it as an exfoliator. According to Organic Authority, rubbing the grounds on your skin will remove dead skin cells and leave you with smoother skin. You can also add olive oil for a more luxurious coffee ground and olive oil scrub.

Coffee Tightens the Skin

Caffeine is a known diuretic and can banish cellulite when applied topically. This DIY recipe from Elle shows how you can combine coffee grounds with coconut oil and sea salt for firmer and smoother skin.

Coffee Brightens the Skin

The dark grinds of coffee beans can be used to brighten up dull skin, according to Beauty Banter. Their coffee mask recipe is ideal for any skin types.

Coffee Shines Hair

This DIY tutorial from is for people who have dark hair. You can have shiny hair by using coffee as treatment. This simple hair mask is cheap, simple, and leaves your hair smelling great like coffee.

Coffee Stimulates Hair Growth

Coffee promotes hair growth according to Daily Makeover. The caffeine stimulates the follicle's ability to produce hair. Hairspray formulas that contain caffeine is the best way to put the stuff effectively on your scalp.

Coffee Enhances Hair Color

For girls and gents who want to enhance their dark hair without using any harsh dye chemicals, coffee is an effective color enhancer according to BlogHer. The key is to use strong brewed coffee and letting it sit for a few minutes to naturally darken locks.

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