5 Ways To Use Coffee In Your Morning Routine Without Actually Drinking It

by Imani Brammer

If you indulge in a daily caffeine fix when you wake up in the morning, I'll bet you've probably been underestimating the benefits of those wholesome grounds you dump in the trash.

It turns out, coffee is multifaceted AF. It's dynamic.

For all the times that you've wasted money on expensive, trendy beauty products to add to your morning routine, coffee has been in your cabinet all along, just waiting to help you become the best version of yourself.

Here are a few ways to add a little brew to your mornings without having to drink even a drop of the stuff.

1. Treat Your Scalp

If you need to get rid of product buildup on your scalp, coffee can work as a great exfoliant, ridding your scalp of dead skin cells as well as a week's worth of product gunk.

The best part about this is that it helps you fight dandruff, too, which we all know can be very unappealing.

All you have to do is wet the coffee grounds, and massage them into your scalp. Be sure to rinse and continue on with the rest of your washing routine.

You don't really want your hair smelling like coffee now, do you?

2. It Helps With Hair Loss

Coffee grounds can help control the effect that testosterone has on the hair.  Testosterone contains a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, which contributes to hair loss.

A study conducted by the British Journal of Dermatology found that when your roots are exposed to testosterone and the caffeine from the grounds simultaneously, hair loss tends to subside, and people begin to see their luscious locks grow again.

It's like magic, guys.

3. It Gives Your Skin Care Regimen A Boost

Like I said earlier, coffee works as an exfoliant, so if it works on your scalp, it's definitely going to work on your face, too.

Along with removing dead skin cells, coffee helps to improve dry skin, as well.

But the best part of all (at least in my opinion) is that coffee contains free radicals, which can lead to premature skin aging.

Rub some of those coffee grounds on your face in the morning and you'll be looking as fresh as ever, baby.

4. It Treats Under-Eye Bags

Coffee has anti-inflammatory properties, which means that rubbing the grounds beneath your eyes can help reduce puffiness, redness, and even dark circles.

How? Because caffeine constricts the blood vessels. Constricted blood vessels decrease swelling and help normalize skin tone.

What was that you said? Caffeine for the win? Hell yeah.

5. Give Your Hair An Upgrade

Coffee gives the hair an extra shine with a sleek finish.

That's because the acidity in the grounds helps to smooth the hair cuticle.

So, yes, there is such thing as a coffee hair mask.