6 ways coffee makes you prettier...

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We all think of coffee as something we drink with our morning paper, but this antioxidant-packed multitasker can also help improve your hair, skin, and more. Check out these pretty perks of your morning brew. 

1. Brightens your face...

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.

How to do this at home: 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. 

2. Boosts your hair colour...

Maybe you've heard of the DIY hair-brightening trick favored by blondes: washing hair in chamomile tea or champagne. Well, if you're a brunette, consider using espresso. Coffee grounds mixed with water into a paste and applied to damp, freshly shampooed hair will add some depth to your colour. The acidity of the coffee will also smooth the cuticle of the hair, giving it extra shine.

3. Helps ward off skin cancer...

According to the results of a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, you may someday slather coffee on your burn-prone parts to protect your skin from sun damage. Researchers found that topically applied caffeine helped protect against some skin cancers at the molecular level by inhibiting a protein enzyme in skin. 

4. De-puffs tired eyes...

Any eye cream that promises to unpack your under-eye bags or lighten up dark circles probably contains caffeine. If you put coffee on the skin's surface, it dehydrates and constricts blood vessels. The area under your eyes is a lymphatic channel that drains poorly, and caffeine helps remove water from the system.

5. Resets your olfactory nerves...

Trying to choose from among several perfumes? Give coffee beans a quick sniff in between. Smelling coffee between spritzes of eau de cologne and the like helps prevent nose fatigue.

6. Exfoliate...

If you find coffee at the spa, it's most likely in a body treatment. 

Make your own: Mix ½ c sugar (or ½ c epsom salt for a more vigorous scrub), 1 c cooled coffee grounds, 1½ Tbsp jojoba oil, and tea leaves from 2 green tea bags. Gently rub the mixture onto your body in a circular motion before stepping into the shower. After your shower, pat skin dry and apply moisturizer.

So who knew that the secret all along was coffee?