Wake up your skin and hair with these at-home brews.
You've seen the power of a cup of joe: All it takes is a few sips to bring you back from the Walking Dead. Happily, it's a perker-upper for skin and hair, too. "The coffee bean is rich in stimulating caffeine and polyphenols, which are potent antioxidants," says Heidi Waldorf, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. "When used topically, it can brighten skin, ease puffiness and soothe inflammation." Get your fix with either a DIY treatment or our product picks.
1. Body scrub
An exfoliator with caffeine helps reduce a dimpled appearance by temporarily deflating fat cells.
DIY it: Stir up a skin-renewing body scrub with 1 cup coffee grounds and 1/2 cup sugar. Add 1 cup hydrating coconut oil and mix well. In the shower, massage the mixture onto wet skin using circular motions and strong pressure; rinse off and pat dry.
Coffee provides a gentile exfoliation to reveal a fresher, more radiant complexion.
DIY it: To make a mask, combine 1/2 cup coffee grounds with 1/2 cup cocoa powder. Add 1 cup whole milk, which packs exfoliating enzymes; stir until mixture forms a paste. Mix in 1 tablespoon honey to lock in moisture. Rub over clean skin and let dry for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
3. Natural volumizer
Treating hair regularly with coffee can help keep the roots active and stimulate growth, according to a recent study at the University of LÃ¼beck in Germany.
DIY it: Once a week, mix a handful of coffee grounds with a dollop of conditioner and work through roots, gently massaging your scalp to stimulate circulation; wait five minutes before rinsing.
4. Post-sun soother
Coffee's anti-inflammatory properties ease redness, and antioxidants fight off UV-induced free radicals. Even better? Researchers found that when applied topically, caffeine helps protect against some skin cancers at the molecular level.
DIY it: Dilute a cup of brewed coffee with cold water, then soak a soft cloth in the solution and blot over sunburned areas. Your skin will immediately feel cooler.
5. Undereye balm
Caffeine helps drain the fluid under eyes that causes puffiness, and it constricts blood vessels to dial down dark circles, explains Dr. Waldorf.
DIY it: Create a cold compress by soaking two cotton rounds in a chilled cup of coffee. Wring them out, place over closed eyes and relax for 10 minutes as the liquid absorbs into your skin.