You know your beloved java boosts your mood, but this antioxidant-packed multitasker can also help improve your hair, skin, and
more. Check out these pretty perks of your morning brew (and just be sure to stick to the recommended limit of 400 mg of
caffeine per day to avoid dehydrating yourself).
1. Brighten your face
When it comes to antioxidants, Julia Hunter, MD, a dermatologist at Wholistic Dermatology in Beverly Hills, CA, believes in
doubling up. “Drinking coffee is one piece of the puzzle; another is putting it on the surface of your skin,” she says. A coffee facial
scrub can help brighten skin, prevent clogged pores, and soften lines. The acid in coffee gives you some chemical exfoliation on
top of mechanical exfoliation, says Hunter. It also helps bolster skin’s protective barrier. “That’s what keeps you healthy when
bacteria, viruses, and fungi are landing on your skin 24/7,” she says. To make the coffee scrub:
In a bowl, soak coffee grounds in warm, filtered water (coffee grounds will sink to the bottom of the bowl), and add epsom
salts. Rinse your face with the water from the bowl, then scoop up the grounds to gently scrub skin. Finish by rinsing with
more of the water from the bowl.