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Beauty / Tamsin Salfrais

The Body Benefits Of Coffee

Some of us can’t start our day without a steaming mug of coffee. It shakes off the leftover sleep and gives us the sustenance to be able to combat whatever tantrums, tears and troubles are thrown our way pre-10am. It boosts and brightens our minds, but did you know it can actually do the same thing for your skin?

Coffee beans actually come from the seeds of coffee berries (who knew?) which are harvested, dried and roasted to get the different tastes we all know and love. However, since the time of the Ancient Egyptians, these beans have been used in beauty rituals for the skin. Apparently, even Cleopatra was partial to a coffee facial scrub!

What’s the deal?

First off, it’s well-publicized that coffee is a fantastic natural exfoliator. Coffee grounds are super successful in removing dead skin cells while still being gentle on the skin. After this process, what’s left behind is silky-smooth, glowing skin. Beautiful!

In addition, coffee is also a powerful antioxidant, which helps to fight the signs of aging and protect your skin from free radicals (oxidized atoms that attack the skin cells, and can result in wrinkles and dehydration). While you can reap the benefits from drinking coffee, why not tackle the problem head on by applying directly to your skin? Coffee scrubs, like this one, will wake up your skin and blast it into action, keeping those free radicals at bay.

If your skin is looking a little lackluster – just like our eyes in the morning – coffee can inject a much craved boost. Caffeine increases the blood circulation in your body, meaning more oxygen is pumped around. Similar to the effects of a run or spin session (but thankfully without the stitch, saddle sores and tomato-red face) this results in healthier, brighter and more energized skin. It even helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, if you’ve got a little bug bear over that (though remember, those dimples make our legs ours!) Enter stage left: Optiat.

The Optiat coffee scrub range is bathroom perfection. From Mouthwatering Mandarin to Potent Peppermint, the scents of these scrubs will have your skin not only looking and feeling incredible, but smelling delicious, too. There are four types to choose from and you can either buy a large or travel-sized version from our Pink Shop. Grab a full-size of the sachet you got in your Pink Parcel this month, or opt for a totally different scent –it’s up to you! And for eco-points, Optiat actually stands for “one person’s trash is another’s treasure”: their range of coffee scrubs (and hemp masks for that matter) are created using unloved ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away. This is the kind of upcycling we’re totally into.

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