There’s more to a cup of joe than perking you up in the morning. Our favorite caffeinated pick-upper can do wonders not just for our health, but for our physical beauty as well.
1. It fights skin issues.
Do you ever wonder why a lot of skincare products contain caffeine? It’s an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that fight free radicals—natural body elements and environmental toxins that damage cells. Caffeinated serums and creams can target skin issues such as rosacea, sun damage, and puffiness—like those pesky dark circles under your eyes.
2. It battles cellulite.
When used as a scrub, ground coffee beans can smoothen dreaded cellulite by dehydrating the fat cells on your skin and stimulating circulation, which can make your lumpy skin appear tighter and smoother. But note that this is only a temporary effect. According to Good Housekeeping, the effects can last for up to a week, so it’s best to get a coffee scrub a day or so before your beach trip. See if your favorite spa offers this service or if your trusted skincare brands have it in bottled form. Better yet, go DIY. Mix equal parts finely ground coffee (fresh or used) and coconut or olive oil to create a thick paste that you can massage from forehead to toe before showering.
3. It helps prevent hair loss.
Inflamed hair follicles contribute to hair loss, and since caffeine has natural anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used as a topical treatment. Studies show that caffeine can promote regular hair growth, especially for those suffering from alopecia. Try looking for caffeine-infused shampoos and conditioners, or go DIY: Brew a cup of coffee, wait for it to chill, and transfer it to a spray bottle. Apply it on your scalp after shampooing and rinsing. Massage and leave for a few minutes before washing off and proceeding with the conditioner.
4. It aids in weight loss and workout performance.
Many athletes include coffee in their pre-game prep to enhance their endurance and performance. According to Mayo Clinic, caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis—one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food. Just don’t expect drastic results and overdo the caffeine intake, CGs! There is such a thing as caffeine overdose and café weight gain.
5. It can help cure or prevent certain ailments.
Studies show that coffee’s powerful antioxidants can boost metabolism and lessen the risk for many health conditions, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, vision loss, adult onset diabetes, headaches, and even cancer.