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If your day doesn’t start until you’ve had your first cup of coffee, you’ll be glad to know that the same pick-me-up benefits are available for your skin. Coffee and caffeine derivatives are used as ingredients in many lotions, soaps, scrubs, fragrances and lip balm. Caffeine, a vasodilator, firms and tones the skin by slightly constricting blood cells and giving an even appearance, making it a perfect key ingredient for cellulite treatments.
Rich in antioxidants, coffee works to neutralize free radical damage caused by environmental factors. Plus, it tightens, firms and reduces redness making it a treatment option for rosacea. And in the eye area, it helps tighten fine lines and smooth puffy surface. So grab a cup of java and check out some of these uplifting products below.
KONA COFFEE DETOX
Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub ($28) is a powerhouse of ingredients including coconut oil, sugar and sea salt to exfoliate and caffeine for a jolt of radiance. This body scrub for toning and detoxifying will leave skin brighter and smoother. Made without parabens or sulfates. Not tested on animals.
JUMP START THE DAY THE JUICY WAY
Juicy Couture Frothy Shower Gel ($40) is a sudsy combination of real caffeine for a wake-up call and milk proteins with sugar to sweeten the skin and add moisture. This charming product adds a touch of caramel brulee, vanilla and wild rose. How can anybody resist?
WHIP IT UP WITH M.A.C.
M.A.C. Crème Wash ($20) is a super-hydrating formula that lathers up to cleanse and soothe. This dreamy bath wash helps restore the skin’s natural lipid balance and soothes with a shot of caffeine. Elevates the spirit with a fresh, luminous aroma.
NEW AND EXCITING
Perricone MD Cold Plasma Sub-D ($135) sculpts and tightens the appearance of the skin along the chin and jaw line. The cold plasma technology is a powerful blend of ingredients working together to achieve optimal benefits. It reduces the appearance of a double chin and wrinkles. Secret ingredients include DMAE, concentrated levels of caffeine and alpha lipoic acid.
DELIGHT FROM DARPHIN
Darphin’s Arovita C Line Response Firming Serum ($100) is exquisitely scented and vitamin enriched to address the first signs of aging. It works to reduce the appearance of fine lines while re-energizing the skin. Helps bring back that youthful glow with artemia salina extract, caffeine and carrot protein.
BEAUTY FROM BOBBI
Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Face Cream ($52) is a perfect choice to make your skin look nourished and radiant. The caffeine works to soothe while algae extract moisturizes and conditions. Leaves skin plumped and glowing while steadily releasing moisture throughout the day and night.
Natura Bisse Body Contour ($110) uses ingredients such as caffeine, iodine, carnitine and phyto-extracts to work against cellulite found on the thighs, glutes and abs. This unique product helps prevent fluid retention and fights the dimpled cottage cheese effect on thighs.
GIVE YOURSELF A SQUEEZE
Citrus Squeeze Better Bod Rub from Cake ($34) brings you a slimmer figure and a sensuous experience. Infused with caffeine, horse chestnut and shea butter, it promotes circulation, boosts collagen production, lifts and nourishes with the bonus of an aroma of indulgent brown sugar and orange.
ANTI-AGING EYE SERUM
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum ($80) is a concentrated anti-aging eye formula to help improve the loss of firmness and instantly brighten the eye area. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a blend of Japanese botanicals. Geranium extract helps firm the skin, while arnica extra and caffeine brighten the look of dark circles. Apply to cleansed skin, patting a small amount from the outer to the inner corner of the under-eye area.
LORAC TANtalizer Award Show Glow ($32) is perfect for a faux glow – and it also firms skin. This mousse-like formula uses caffeine and an anti-cellulite complex to firm your skin while providing you with a natural looking glow.
GOTTA LOVE IT
I Love New York All Liquid Body Silk ($75) from Bond No. 9 combines skin scenting with skin pampering. Notes include bergamot, pepper, cocoa, coffee beans, creamy chestnut, patchouli, vanilla, leatherwood and sandalwood.