May 19, 2017

While we have a dangerous dependency on caffeine to help us get through annoyingly early mornings, sluggish afternoons, and late night work sessions, it also has plenty of beauty benefits to offer, which is why this ingredient is a gem in the beauty industry.

Packed with beneficial antioxidants, caffeine reduces free-radical damage, thereby stopping redness and irritation in its tracks. It doesn’t just do that, though. Caffeine protects the skin against UV-infused carcinogens too, and by doing so, the chances of your skin aging prematurely will be significantly reduced. Oh, and it also works to constrict blood vessels, temporarily tightening the skin to bring down puffiness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sounds a little too good to be true, right? Well, if you’re looking for a saviour to calm your skin down and give it a necessary jolt of awakening, we’ve got five for you right here.


handmade heroes scrub

Handmade Heroes Butt Kickin’ Deep Detoxing Coffee Scrub

The smell of coffee is enough to jump start our entire system in the morning, but this coffee scrub takes it to another level. Gently massage this all over damp skin and let the ground coffee beans exfoliate to brighten and tone, fading dark spots as it reduces the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins. You won’t need a body lotion after this, the sweet almond oil and cocoa butter in it will pack on the moisture to leave your skin feeling super soft.

$21.90, available from


100 percent pure coffee bean eye cream

100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

Puffy eyes are no match for this caffeinated cream. Boosted with rosehip oil, green tea, and of course, coffee, this brightening cream helps to increase circulation and make you look like you’ve had enough sleep, even when you’ve only had 2 hours the night before. Feel free to smooth this all over your face and neck too – it brings down the redness and lightens acne scars thanks to the naturally-occurring vitamin A in the rosehip oil.

$46, available from


sw basics oil serum

S.W. Basics Oil Serum

S.W. Basics is known for their clean and minimal formulations, and this oil serum is no different given its 4 ingredients. This dropper bottle is filled with avocado, geranium, turmeric, and coffee oils, packing a ton of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and phytoesterols that are vital for plump, healthy skin. Pat a few drops of these onto your face, or mix a couple drops with your moisturiser for hydrated, balanced skin.

$57, available from


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This Works Energy Bank Sun Flash

Don’t be alarmed by what comes out of this bottle, because it sure looks intense for a skincare product. Similar to a self-tanner, this works as a tinted moisturiser, lending the illusion that you’ve been out in the sun all day. Coupled with natural caramel to give your complexion a healthy glow, this thing is quite literally bottled sun flashes. There’s also vitamin C, D, and E in there to repair and nourish the skin.

$59, available from Sephora.


milk makeup cooling stick

Milk Makeup Cooling Water

In this unbearable heat, who doesn’t love a cooling beauty product? This convenient gel stick is infused with seawater to calm angry skin and loaded with caffeine to give some energy back to lifeless skin. Just glide this onto your face, neck, and body for instant refreshment. Even better, stick it in the fridge for the ultimate morning refreshment.

US$24, available from