So we all love our coffee, it gets us through those Monday morning blues right? But what if we told you that coffee is more than just a stimulant? You can use coffee as part of your beauty routine – it’s natural, it smells great, and it’s pretty cheap! Bet you wouldn’t believe us. But we can give you 5 different ways to use coffee to benefit you, other than just to wake you up!
1. It’s a Fantastic Body Scrub!
Mix up 1 cup of coffee granules with some sugar – about half a cup, and add a cup of coconut oil. You’ll end up with a paste texture. Before showering, take the mixture and start rubbing it into your skin – starting from your feet and working your way up. Massage it in with strong pressure in circular motions. You can even use this scrub on your face, though we wouldn’t suggest scrubbing as hard as you would on the rest of your body. Rinse it off in the show and you’ll be baby soft! Not only that though, the caffeine in the coffee granules helps to temporarily deflate fat cells, reducing the look of cellulite!
2. It can give you that natural glow!
Mix a half cup of coffee granules with a half cup of cocoa powder. Mix this into a cup of milk and stir it until it becomes a paste. If you want to add an extra punch, stir in a tablespoon of honey too! Rub this over freshly cleaned skin and leave it to dry for about 15 or 20 minutes. Rinse it off and you’ll feel and look like you’re fresh out of a spa! The mask gently exfoliates your dead skin cells revealing a much fresher, softer complexion!
3. It can help volumize and grow your hair!
If you’re having trouble growing out your hair, this is a fantastic hack! Mix a little coffee with your normal conditioner. Mix them together and work it through your roots, massaging it into your scalp. Leave the mixture in for 5 or 10 minutes and relax! The massage mixed with the caffeine can help stimulate growth by activating the circulation around your roots! If you do this once a week, you’ll be surprised how much quicker your hair is growing!
4. It acts as an after-sun solution!
We’ve all been in the situation where we stayed out that little bit too long and found ourselves with some sunburn! The worst part about sunburn is the unrelenting heat in your skin right? So to ease this, you can turn to coffee! It has anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-oxidants which help fight UV-induced radicals! It can even help to prevent against some skin cancers.
Brew a cup of coffee and mix it with cold water. Soak a cloth or towel (depending on the size of your burned area) in the mixture and lay it over the affected skin. It will immediately cool you down. Remember though that you should always wear sunscreen to protect against getting burnt!
5. It can get rid of your puffy eye bags!
Brew some coffee and chill a cup – with ice or cold water, whichever you prefer. Soak 2 cotton pads in the chilled brew, wring them out, and place them over your eyes for about 10 minutes. The caffeine helps to draw out fluid under your eyes, and constricts blood vessels, lightening your dark circles!
So there you have it, 5 different beauty hacks that come from a $2 jar of instant coffee! We knew it was a life saver already, but who knew it could help us in so many different ways!