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4 Amazing Beauty Benefits of Coffee


There are only a few things in life that’s as wondrous as coffee. We know it all too well as the drink that helps us survive our work days, but whether in bean, ground, extract or liquid form, the magical drink can also go overtime in helping any girl with their beauty concerns. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the surprizing, yet amazing, beauty benefits that your cup of Joe can give.

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  1. Eliminates Puffy Eyes. In a world full of social obligations and work deadlines, most of us don’t always get enough sleep – resulting to dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes. Well, as it turns out, your daily dose of coffee can actually be a great morning-pick-me-up for your eyes, too. All you’ve got to do is cool the grounds from your morning coffee pot and apply it on your eyelids and on your under-eye area. After that, soak in a relaxing bath for 20 minutes and gently rinse it off with cool water. Voila! No more puffy eyes!

 

  1. Brightens Tired-Looking Skin. A cup of Joe is already enough to perk up your mornings, but did you know that it can do the same thing on your skin? Surprisingly, the caffeine found in coffee also stimulates the skin and improves blood circulation, resulting to a radiant and glowing skin. Simply mix a tablespoon of ground coffee with two tablespoons of organic plain yogurt, and apply it on your freshly washed face. Once you’re done, rinse it off with cold water and say hello to a healthy-looking skin.

 

  1. Minimizes Cellulite. Regardless of how much we work out, cellulite is a problem that we all struggle to eliminate. Luckily, that struggle can already be reduced by using a coffee scrub. This scrub works by stimulating the blood flow in the affected area and tightening the skin, which will result to a minimized cellulite appearance.

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  1. Nourishes Your Hair. The protective antioxidant benefits of coffee isn’t just centred on your body, since you can also extend that same benefits to your strands. By simply doing a coffee hair mask, you’ll be able to prevent breakage and get shinier hair – not to mention, leave your lock with an amazing smell.

 

  1. Exfoliates Skin. If you think about it, coffee actually has the best consistency an exfoliator should have. Just like your regular exfoliator, the caffeic acid found in coffee works by stimulating the blood flow in the skin and boosting the collagen production, leaving you with healthier and more radiant skin. So ditch your chemical-based exfoliator now and start exfoliating using your favourite coffee granules.

We know how much you love your cup of Joe, but after knowing these beauty benefits, you surely wouldn’t want to get your hands off your morning espresso.

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  • You’ve spent a rather long and relaxing day in the poolside, and thanks to your trusty SPF, your tan lines are perfectly on point. That is until you notice that you’ve missed one major area that you thought would never get sunburned: Your scalp. Although aloe can treat the burn, it can cause your hair to look all messy and greasy, so we’ve listed down some of the at-home treatments that you can do and use to soothe your stinging scalp.

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    1. Wash With an Exfoliating Shampoo. When it comes to washing your sunburned scalp, we suggest that you ditch your regular shampoo for a couple of days and opt for an exfoliating shampoo instead. During this time, your head will be desperate for moisture and using an exfoliating hair product is a great way to keep your scalp hydrated while getting rid of the flakes. It would also be a good idea to steer clear of dandruff shampoos as the chemicals in them will further irritate your scalp.
    1. Do a Green Tea Rinse. Within the first 24 hours, make sure that you perform a quick green tea rinse for your hair. Just steep two green tea bags and cool them in the fridge. Once you’re done shampooing, soak your hair in the tea mixture for five minutes before rinsing off. The antioxidants in green tea will help in soothing your scalp, as well as in alleviating the sting brought by the burn.

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    1. Rinse With Apple Cider Vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has long been known as a miracle worker for the rest of the body, and this is why it’s no surprise that the acid found in the vinegar will also help in relieving your scalp burns. All you’ve got to do is mix one part of water and one part of apple cider vinegar to create a mixture that you can use once you’re done shampooing and conditioning your hair
    1. Use Milk. It may sound weird, but this pantry staple is often used by dermatologists to treat chemical burns. Just soak a clean washcloth in an ice cold milk and apply it to your scalp for five minutes. The proteins and enzymes found in milk is what promotes scalp healing, while the cold temperature is what reduces the irritation and inflammation.
    1. Refresh With Cucumber. Cucumbers has long been known as a great sunburn treatment, making it an ideal at-home remedy for scalp sunburns too. Just gently rub fresh cucumber slices on the sunburned area, and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off. It’s cool and refreshing characteristics will surely help in easing the stinging pain of the burn on your scalp.

    Just like skin sunburn, a scalp sunburn isn’t really that difficult to treat. Just use the aforementioned tips and your scalp will surely return to its healthy state.

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  • Being a pure mineral compound, there’s no doubt that Epsom salt work wonders in relieving sore and tired muscles. But what’s more amazing is that this drugstore item can also play a major role in your beauty routine. So grab this amazing under-the-radar beauty treatment now and get hold of its following beauty benefits.

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    1. Pumps Up Your Hair Volume. One of the surprising beauty benefits of Epsom salt would be pumping up your hair volume. Just add equal parts of your favourite conditioner and Epsom salt, work it into your hair and leave it on for about 20 minutes before rinsing. Doing this treatment every once a week will get rid of the excessive oils that can make your hair look flat and greasy.
    1. Softens Calloused Feet. If your feet are feeling a bit rough around the edges, then we recommend that you try out this simple at-home callous softening treatment. Just pour half a cup of Epsom salt into a tub of warm water, then soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes. If you want, you can just also take a handful of the salt, dampen it and massage it on the calloused area of your feet to slough off dead and calloused skin.
    1. De-Flakes Lips. Cold weather, or just repeatedly licking your lips can leave you with a flaky and parched pucker. To treat this, just mix a teaspoon of petroleum jelly with a few tablespoons of Epsom salt and gently massage the mixture into your lips and wipe it off. Now, you have a smoother and healthier-looking lips.

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    1. Soothes Sunburns. Happened to miss a spot with your sunscreen and end up with angry red marks? Then try out this Epsom salt trick to ease your sunburn stings. Simply dissolve two tablespoons of Epsom salt in a cup of water, then apply the mixture on the sunburned area to reduce irritation and redness.
    1. Smooths Rough Skin. A body scrub sounds really nice after a tiring day, and with Epsom salt, you no longer need to shell out some bucks just to get the relaxing scrub that you want. Just mix two tablespoons of Epsom salt with your body wash and massage it over rough patches like your feet, knees and elbows.

    With Epsom salt, you no longer need to spend hundreds of bucks just to buy your beauty products. All you’ve got to do is keep these beauty treatments in mind and enjoy the slew of beauty benefits that Epsom salt offers.

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  • By now, most of us already know and practise all the basic skincare commandments to keep our skin healthy – not going to bed with your makeup on, keeping your skin moisturized and using SPF like your life depends on it. However, there’s a new complexion mandate that you may not be that familiar with, and that is using a serum. While it may not seem like it, incorporating serums into your skincare routine can actually make a big difference with the way your face looks and feels. Still not convinced? Then here are four benefits that you’ll get when you add a serum into your skincare routine.

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    1. Improved Complexion. Most serums contain the highest concentration of active ingredients that you can get without using a prescription. It contains about 70 percent active ingredients compared to the five and 10 percent active ingredients found in moisturizers and cleansers. With this, you’ll be able to better results regardless if you’re looking to even your skin tone, reduce your fine lines or get rid of the dark spots on your face.
    1. Fewer Acne Breakouts. If you have acne-prone skin, then the more reason you should incorporate a serum in your skincare routine. Unlike most traditional moisturizers that leave pore-blocking layers atop the skin, serums are water-based. This means they absorb faster without leaving behind traces of acne-encouraging residues.

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    1. Get a Less Oily Complexion. Another reason why it’s worth adding serums in your skincare routine is that it keeps your complexion from getting oily. Since they’re lighter and much faster to absorb than most moisturizers, serums can keep your skin hydrated without contributing to the greasy feeling that you hate. With this, your skin will no longer overproduce sebum, making your skin less oily in the long run.
    1. Save Some Bucks. While serums can be pricier compared with other skincare products, investing into a good one can actually save you some bucks. By doing so, you’ll have one product that can really deal with your skin problems and that means you no longer need to purchase multiple skincare products that only give you half-baked results. Trust us. Once you find the perfect serum for you, you’ll never spend your hard-earned cash on anything else again.

    Looking for the skincare product that will give you the perfect complexion that you’ve always wanted can be quite difficult. But by adding a serum into your skincare routine, you’ll no longer need to look for any other products to give you gorgeous results.

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  • The word thin is something that we would like to hear in reference to our body, but never to our hair. But it’s never too late to save your strand when you notice that you’ve been shedding more than usual lately. Know what causes your hair to fall out through this article, so that you can start improving its health and bring back its original volume.

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    1. Donning Tight Hairstyles

    Regularly sporting tight hairstyles like braids and ponytails is what usually puts excessive strain on the hair follicles, which leads to irreparable hair damage. Singapore hair experts said that tight hairstyles usually causes traction alopecia, a non-reversible hair loss caused by tight hairstyles. Prevent this by loosening up your hairstyle, or wearing your locks down more often.

    1. Going For Steamy Showers

    Going straight for a hot shower is another habit that might be thinning your hair out. Being exposed to too much heat dries out the hair, causing it to become more brittle and snap. Other than that, hot showers also strip out the hair’s natural oils, leading to hair fall and damage.

    1. Excessive Sun Exposure

    Your skin isn’t the only thing that can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays, since your hair is at risk too. Prolonged sun exposure is what weakens the hair and causes hair loss, so protect your strands by covering it up with a hair scarf or a hat every time you go out in the sun.

    1. Skipping Shampoo

    Not shampooing and washing your hair often also weaken the hair. This happens because the build-up of products and dead skin cells clog the follicles, making it difficult for your new hair to grow.

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    1. Too Much Crash Dieting

    Apart from your waistline, excessive dieting also thins out your hair. Just like any part of our body, our hair also needs nourishment and starving it will cause it to fall off. Singapore health professionals even said that anorexic people often suffer hair loss.

    1. Using Strong-Hold Hair Products

    Applying long lasting and strong gels and hair sprays often make hair stiff, making it more prone to breakage. Aside from making the hair stiff, excessive usage of these products also dries out the hair. To prevent this from happening, avoid using products that makes your hair gluey and stiff.

    1. Drying The Regular Way

    Drying your hair the regular way will only flatten your hair and make it look thinner than it really is. To avoid damage and give your hair more volume, flip your head upside down then blow dry it.

    1. Frequent Head Scratching

    If you have a rather itchy scalp, try putting a few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo as you shower. Avoid scratching your head frequently as it will damage your hair follicle, leading to hair loss. If the itching still persists despite trying some treatment, do yourself a favour and visit your doctor.

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  • The size and shape of our eyes is determined genetically, and there’s just nothing that we can do about it. Luckily, it’s possible for us to create an illusion of having bigger eyes by using ingenious makeup techniques. Here are some makeup tricks and tips that Singaporean girls like me, can use to make their small eyes stand out.

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    1. Groom your eyebrows. The first tip to create an illusion of bigger eyes is to regularly groom your eyebrows. Having your brows beautifully groomed will not just make your eyes stand out, but will also look a bit larger. Keep them a little thin on the sides and make sure that there are no stray hairs. This will help in highlighting and making your eyes pop.
    1. Use lighter eye shadow for your lids. Using pale shades of eye shadow is another makeup trick to enhance the shape and size of your eyes. It can be any colour of your choice, but make sure that it is pale and works best for your eye colour.
    1. Conceal the dark circles. Dark circles under your eyes is another factor that makes your eyes appear smaller. Use a concealer set in a shade that’s lighter than your natural complexion to hide your dark circles. This will not just make your eyes look brighter, it will also make you look younger.
    1. Minimize the eyeliner. Another tip that Singaporean girls should do is to apply their eyeliner close to the outer lash line of their eyes. Start applying in the middle of your upper lash line, gradually extending it to the outer corner of your eye. This trick will make your eyes bigger, while adding a sophisticated elegance to your look.
    1. Lightly smudge your eyeliner. Smudging your eyeliner is another great tip to make your eyes look bigger. But don’t make it look too smudgy. Use your smudge stick to lightly smudge the end of your pencil eyeliner.

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    1. Add some colour and shimmer. In doing your eye makeup, try using colours that have a little shimmer. This will put more emphasis on your eyes and make them look bigger, brighter and more seductive.
    1. Curl your eyelashes. Make curling your lashes a regular part of your makeup routine to enhance the size and shape of your eyes. Curling your lashes will definitely open your eyes and make them look like they’re sparkling.
    1. Combine your lengthening and volumizing mascara. One of the best tricks to make your small eyes pop is to use both your volumizing and lengthening mascara. Curl your lashes first, then apply a coat of your lengthening mascara followed by the volumizing formula. Concentrate on applying these formulas on your top lashes to make your eyes look larger.

    There’s really no need to go overboard with black eyeliner and bright eye shadows just to make your eyes bigger. Using the right colours and makeup tricks is all you need to achieve that goal. So go ahead, try these tricks and make those eyes pop and stand out.

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  • If you are a makeup aficionado, you have to know that this year, it is all about the pout. In that line, you have to be particular about your lips. The current beauty trend here in Singapore involve lips. Your lip colour can change your look and your mood.

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    The good thing is that there are many lipstick stores here in Singapore. Lipsticks are your little luxury that you can carry any time. Every woman should have it. So, what lip colours do you need? Here’s a list:

    • Nude: If you want a minimal effect, the nude lipstick is great for you. Just give your lips a “just bitten” look by scribbling lip liner in the middle and smear it with your finger. To finish it off, you can apply a thin layer of gloss.
    • Pink: Who likes pink? Barbie does. If you are a fan of Barbie, the pink lip colour is the best for you. After putting pink lipstick, do not forget to dab a lip gloss at the centre to achieve that pouty effect.

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    • Huckleberry: Festive red attracts people. If you are into dark colours, this is the best shade for you. You can either choose plum or aubergine. If you want your lips to look pouty, just apply a cream lipstick using a lipbrush.
    • Red: Some women emphasis the eyes so they consider heavy makeup on the eyes but you do not need to follow them. It will do you good to try emphasizing your lip with red lip colour.

    Your lips can make a difference at the end of the day. Do not ignore your lips. If you are not particular about lipstick, you can look for cheap ones but if you want quality lipstick, you have to invest.

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  • Taking Care of Your Colored Hair

    In the past, a lot of women are afraid to get their hair colored in fear that this will cause irreparable damage to your tresses. Yes, coloring your hair can cause serious harm to your hair. This is mostly because Ammonia, an important chemical bleaching agent present in hair color, makes hair extremely dry and brittle.

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    It’s always important to take good care of your hair before, during and after getting it colored. This will prevent further damage and will guarantee that even after getting your hair colored, it stays healthy and full of life.

    Before: Decide on the color and the formula

    The first step is to determine what hair color you really want. For first timers, it’s important to stay as close to your natural hair color as possible. Make sure that it’s only two tones away from your natural hair color to avoid drastic changes and damage.

    Choose what type of formulation you want to use- permanent or semi-permanent. Choosing the exact color and formulation you want is essential if you want to keep your hair healthy after coloring. When we don’t like the color, we tend to do over the hair coloring process, making hair drier and more prone to breakage.

    During: Apply Evenly

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    Applying your hair color formula is important not only for the proper distribution and intensity of the color but also for the health of your hair. If you feel that you do not have enough skill to pull this off, opt instead for a professional coloring job to get better results.

    After: Conditioning

    Conditioning is an important process that keeps the moisture in your hair intact. Dry hair is weak hair, making it easier to break. Conditioning regularly can give renewed strength, life and volume to your hair. Use market-sold deep conditioning products or if you want something as effective that costs less, mix egg with some bananas and yoghurt then apply this on your hair for an hour. Rinse it off afterwards with some mild shampoo and enjoy the softness of your hair.

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