Does your skin need a pick-me-up?

       
October 18th, 2012 | Contributed by:

Caffeine isn't just good in coffee - it's great on your skin!If you're like most people, your morning routine probably includes making either a cup of coffee or a cup of tea. How else are you supposed to feel energized enough for work or class after a late night? Caffeine is a great energy booster for your brain and body, but did you know that it's also beneficial for your skin?

According to Elle Canada magazine, caffeine has three major perks for your face and body: it's an antioxidant that helps protect your complexion from damaging free radicals, it shrinks blood vessels that cause dark circles and discoloration and it dehydrates fat cells, getting rid of puffiness.

The best part of the deal is that you can give your visage the boost it needs in a variety of ways. For example, Glamour magazine's beauty blog recommends using cool, moist green tea bags as eye compresses to reduce puffiness and dark circles. This is the perfect way to get some use out of those bags after you've brewed yourself a cup!

Of course, plenty of skincare products can also deliver you caffeine's benefits. Try Dermalogica – mediBac Sebum Clearing Masque, which deep-cleanses your complexion, prevents zits and absorbs excess oil. Or, use an eye cream like Murad – Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15, which increases firmness around the eye area and stimulates collagen production.

       

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