The Skincare Benefits Of Coffee

The Skincare Benefits Of Coffee

Well we are all fuelled by coffee’ Who doesn’t love an espresso in the mornings, a quick catch up over a cappuccino or a salted caramel latte mid afternoon. However, they are way more benefits to coffee that we didn’t even realise. The coffee lovers among us have even more reason to rejoice, it has numerous benefits for the skin too!

It’s a great source of antioxidants

Caffeine contains natural antioxidants, which is why it is a common ingredient found in skincare products. The environment is full of free radicals (pollutants etc.) that can really damage the skin. Loading up the skin with the antioxidants in coffee protects and gives your natural defences a boost. Antioxidants fight premature skin aging so make sure you’re slathering on those coffee based products!

The antioxidant benefits also extend to your hair and body too! Hair masks containing coffee will help prevent breakage and enhance shine. Coffee body scrubs use the natural coarseness of coffee beans to slough away dead skin cells.

The natural caffeine found in coffee has be known to contract blood vessels, reducing redness and visible inflammation. This is why coffee is found in many eye cream, cellulite creams and body scrubs. It will help reduce dark circles and draw out excess fluid from under the eye area.

Enhances blood circulation

Coffee can play a crucial role in promoting blood circulation which in turn leads to healthy and energised skin. When your blood is circulating your body effectively it reduces the swelling of tissues and therefore any puffy areas of your face (or body) will be minimised. This ties back into the benefits of coffee restricting blood flow to certain areas.

Tightens the skin

Coffee is a diuretic therefore it draws fluid away from fat cells. So any creams, serums and scrubs containing coffee will help minimise the visibility of cellulite, essentially dehydrating the fat cells. This then shrinks their size giving a tighten effect on the skin, therefore perfect for using on areas you struggle with cellulite or if you just want to tighten the skin on your face!

It will leave you glowing

Coffee plays a crucial role in cell regrowth, it signals your tissues to repair themselves. This then leads to retained hydration which increases collagen and skin elasticity! Coupled with the enhanced circulation your skin is going to look fresh, bright and glowing!

These are our favourite beauty products containing coffee:


Scrub Love Coffee Scrub £12.95
Anatomicals Glows Thanks to Joe Coffee Salt Scrub £10.00
U.S. Apothecary Coffee & Vanilla Bean Clay Face Mask £25.50
Cougar Caffeine Enriched Hyaluronic Acid Facial Oil Gift Set £19.00
Man Cave Caffeine Shave Gel £6.50

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AHA’s – What Are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?

AHA’s – What Are Alpha Hydroxy Acids?

You may not of heard of AHA’s or what they actually are, but you can almost guarantee that glycolic, lactic or citric acid will appear in the ingredients of your favourite exfoliators, cleansers and serums. AHA’s have become more of a talking point in the skincare industry as more and more brands realise how valuable they are in your daily products.

Need a bit more help understanding what they are and how they work? Then keep reading’

What are alpha hydroxy acids?

So, to get all sciency about it AHA’s are a class of chemical compounds that can be either naturally occurring or synthetic. For example, glycolic acid comes from sugar cane and lactic acid from milk.

What are the benefits of AHA’s?

Alpha hydroxy acids are renowned for their exfoliating properties and smoothing the texture of your skin. Rather than a manual exfoliation, with scrubs or beads, AHA’s are a chemical exfoliation. They help to loosen and get rid of the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. Regular exfoliation help keeps your complexion naturally bright by preventing the build up of dead skin cells which dull the appearance of your skin. Stronger doses of the acids can also work at a deeper level to boost collagen production which will plump and firm your skin. Over the counter products are usually low concentration and are therefore perfectly safe for home use.

How to use AHA’s?

Most products that contain alpha hydroxy acids are perfectly safe for home use, however using every other day is the best way to minimise irritation. A bit of tingling is perfectly normal when you apply the product, this just means the acid is penetrating. An effective product will leave your skin looking immediately refreshed and glowing. Unlike scrubs and exfoliating cloths the skin is not damaged by the abrasives, rather the acids trigger your skin to repair itself with new cells.

Can anyone use alpha hydroxy acids?

Yes! Even if you have sensitive skin the use of AHA’s will be beneficial for you. They are much kinder to the skin than any abrasive scrubs so are actually a better option for you. If you find you are having some irritation after using products with AHA’s then just decrease the amount to use them and build it up, your skin may just need time to adjust to the routine.

The pros and cons of using AHA’s?

As we’ve said AHA’s definitely offer smoother, brighter skin which is why they are almost in every anti-aging product. Since they act of the surface layer of the skin they can reduce fine lines, pigmentation and acne scarring. They also work extremely well for acne sufferers, glycolic acids in particular can be used to treat acne and oily skin since it will help clear the cells that cause blocked pores and trapped bacteria.*

However, irritation can occur from using AHA’s. A tingling sensation when you apply the product is normal however you shouldn’t feel any burning or inflammation. This means the acid concentration is too high for your skin. Begin with a low concentration product. AHA’s can also increase photosensitivity so using a daily sunscreen (SPF) is even more important as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun.

Now onto our favourite AHA products!

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser Age Reform
Men’s Society Daily Face Wash & AHA Exfoliator
Karin Herzog Anti Ageing Cream Vita-A-Kombi AHA
Karin Herzog Correct and Treat Face Cream AHA
Anatomicals We Never Forget A Face Glycolic Cleansing Pads
Jack Black Deep Dive Gylcolic Facial Cleanser

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*Read more about acne in our full guide on what it is and how to treat its various manifestations.

Cruelty Free Products

Cruelty Free Products


Many of us opt for cruelty-free beauty products these days, giving you peace of mind when it comes buying brands that match your values. Plus, there are also so many cruelty-free and vegan-friendly products to choose between, you can get the best of both worlds and feel like you’re doing your bit.

Makeup

We get especially excited by the range of gorgeous makeup picks from our cruelty-free brands. Prima are famous for their luxe vegan and animal-friendly products. Check out their popular pressed glitter to get just a flavour of what they do. Our favourite has to be the Prima Makeup Unicorn Poop Glitters.

Pacifica are another beautiful brand to look up. From their Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes, to their Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, they have it covered when it comes to the full skin care regime. And let’s not forget Bellapierre. If you want a swanky new lip colour, try their Kiss Proof Lip CrÇùme.

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Bath and body

Pampering treats are there for the taking with luxurious cruelty-free brands like Alba Botanica and Jason. You can top up your bathroom cabinet with day-to-day essentials such as shaving crÇùme and SPF protection, or go for something more treat-worthy.

To give you a little inspiration, we love their Papaya Enzyme Facial Mask with its papaya and pineapple enzymes. And their Alba Botanica Cocoa Butter Hand & Body Lotion. To keep things interesting, Jason’s range of body care products give us plenty of must-haves too. There’s their Calming Lavender Body Wash, and their Vitamin E 45000 IU Pure Natural Skin Oil just for starters.

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Skincare

Plenty of cruelty-free brands have a collection of sumptuous skincare products, so you can easily find something to suit your skin dilemma and budget. Jason are one example, with items like their C-Effects Super C Toner.

Dermalogica are another popular choice, and for good reason. Their leading range has created a storm the world over since they launched. With products like their essential Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, and their Daily Microfoliant you can see why.

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Hair dye

If you’d rather stay in control of what you put onto your hair, brands like Manic Panic give you everything you need. This vegan brand is bold, sassy and affordable, and donned by celebs like Katy Perry.


Have a look at their popping colours, like their High Voltage¶© Rockabilly Blue Classic Hair Color, and their Creamtones’½ Blue Angel Perfect Pastel Hair Color to really shake things up.


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Male grooming

Men don’t need to feel left out when it comes to topping up on trendy cruelty-free products. Jack Black is just one of our favourite male grooming brands, with a collection of products designed to target every grooming challenge.

Preen and pamper with products like the Jack Black Face Buff Energising Scrub, and their Cool Moisture Body Lotion.

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Skincare for Dry Skin

Skincare for Dry Skin

Tailoring your skincare routine to your skin type is one top tip from any beauty specialist. Dry skin needs special attention when it comes to soothing and nourishing to avoid excess dryness and irritation.

Often, as you get older your skin type can change too, so even if you didn’t suffer from dry skin in your younger years, it may start rearing its head as you age. The more care you take with your skin, the firmer, healthier and more youthful your appearance. Here’s just a few ways to combat dry skin challenges.

Cleanse with gentle products

It can be tempting to give your face a good scrub at the end of the day, especially if you’ve been wearing makeup. But remember, anything that aggravates dry skin will only leave it feeling dull, sore and tired.

Washing your face with warm water and a gentle cleansing wash once a day is enough to cleanse without irritation. In the evening, remove your makeup and daily dirt build up with a targeted cleanser for dry skin. Products like Elemis’s Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser are the perfect choice. Once cleansed, remember to tone your skin, again, choosing a product like Elemis’s matching Rehydrating Ginseng Toner.

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Use the right moisturiser

After cleansing and toning, always use a great moisturiser made for dry skin. Applying when your face is still slightly damp will encourage your skin to soak up and lock in extra moisture, so don’t rush to pat your face totally dry.

Some of our top picks include Yves Rocher’s Intense Regenerating Care Cream, and Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist which can be popped into your handbag and used throughout the day.

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Exfoliate weekly

Exfoliating your skin will remove dead cells, giving you that all-important glow and smoothing off rougher areas. As with any approach to caring for dry skin, go for gentle, soothing exfoliators that won’t dry you out further.

Check out luxe products such as Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant , and DECLÇ?OR’s nutrient boosting Life Radiance Double Radiance Scrub.

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Top up on treatments

Regular treatments will give your skin a little extra TLC. On a daily basis, you can integrate a facial oil into your skincare routine. Applied with your moisturiser, products like DECLÇ?OR’s Aromessence Mandarin Smoothing Oil Serum can give your complexion a serious moisture boost. And when it comes to face masks, EstǸe Lauder’s gorgeous Micro Essence Infusion Mask will give you that dewy, youthful glow in an instant.


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#MumsAHero

#MumsAHero

Here at Fragrance Direct we believe all mums are heroes, and with Mother’s Day now less than a week away, we’ve teamed up with Thomas Cook to offer you the chance to win one of four amazing prizes, guaranteed to make your mum smile! With £200 worth of pampering products from us, a year’s supply of flowers from Bloom and Wild, a Radley bag and purse or a spa day for two people from Spa Breaks up for grabs, a win for your mum is bound to get you in the good books this Sunday!

To be in with a chance of winning simply head over to the Thomas Cook Facebook page, and share why your mum, or your kids’ mum, is your hero in the comments using #Mumsahero.

Full T&Cs can be found via the Thomas Cook blog here.