If you’re a coffee person, we bet you’d agree that there are very few things that are as wonderful as that morning cuppa. Apart from making annoying colleagues more bearable, this caffeine-rich beverage is the perfect pick-me-up when you haven’t had enough sleep and it can certainly help you power through a busy day. Yes, you guessed right. Coffee is my go-to beverage! But not just for the reasons you think.

Coffee is a potent ingredient in the beauty department too! That’s why, this World Coffee Day, we’re celebrating in the best way we know – by applauding it for its beauty benefits. Here are some amazing skin benefits of coffee that make it a must-have in your beauty routine.

An antioxidant blast
 

An antioxidant blast

Antioxidants help protect your skin from free radical damage, and the good news is that coffee is brimming with antioxidants! What’s more, antioxidants help fight ageing too. So, a cup of coffee can really improve the health of your skin over time.

Helps in getting rid of puffy eyes
 

Helps in getting rid of puffy eyes

Didn’t sleep well? Coffee doesn’t just help you feel awake, it also helps you look awake. This is because caffeine stimulates blood flow and dilates the blood vessels, working on those puffy, inflamed eyes. The result is naturally tightened skin and reduced build-up of fluid under the eyes. Make a paste of finely ground coffee and water and dab it around the eyes. You can even apply this paste to your entire face to instantly brighten up your skin.

Is a great exfoliant
 

Is a great exfoliant

You may already know this, but ground coffee is a really good exfoliant. Since it doesn’t completely dissolve in water, ground coffee effectively scrubs away dead skin cells. It helps boost collagen levels, prevents premature ageing and tightens skin. Caffeic acid also has antimicrobial properties, which means that it helps protect skin against germs.

Reduces cellulite
 

Reduces cellulite

Another great benefit of coffee is that it effectively helps reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin. It helps in drawing fluid away from fat cells, essentially dehydrating the fat cells. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening effect from the outside.

Provides sun protection
 

Provides sun protection

Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants such as polyphenols that help protect skin against harmful UV rays. Drinking a cup of coffee puts you at a lesser risk of skin cancer as well as provides effective protection against signs of ageing caused due to sun exposure. This isn't a substitute for sunscreen, though. You'll still need to use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn and the ageing effects of the sun.

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