4 Secret Ways Caffeine Can Improve Your Skin

Seriously. This ingredient is good for a lot more than a 3 p.m. pick-me-up.

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For Getting Rid of Under-Eye Circles

Under-eye bags can be caused by water retention, and as dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman explains, "caffeine aids in lymphatic drainage and smoothes the appearance of skin." So if you got a restless night, make yourself a big cup of coffee—and then get your eyes a caffeine fix, too.

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For Reducing Inflammation

Caffeine constricts blood vessels. This sounds scary, but never fear! It's a good thing. When your blood vessels are dilated, they're more visible, resulting in noticeable redness—and constriction helps get rid of that problem.

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For a Wake-Up Call

We can all agree that the smell of coffee is a much more charming wake-up call than your average alarm clock. So why not add a coffee-based exfoliator to your morning routine? Caffeine's diuretic properties will leave your skin looking totally smooth, too.

Original Coffee Scrub, $17, frankbody.com.

For Slowing Down the Aging Process

Studies have shown that caffeine can help to defend skin against the sun's harmful UV rays, which are among the biggest culprits when it comes to rapidly aging skin. A bit of caffeine-infused skin care (plus sunscreen, of course) can keep your complexion looking healthy and youthful.

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