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Coffee and Tea: Prescriptions for Beauty?

Coffee connoisseurs and tea aficionados won't hesitate to preach about why their steamy beverage of choice is the best. They'll cite health benefits, like coffee's link to a reduction in Alzheimer's risk, or tea's antioxidants. They'll compare the nuances of each beverage's buzz – how coffee has more of a jolt compared to tea's steady boost – and argue about which is better. Then of course, there's the taste and texture aspects. Java enthusiasts will tell you tea is watery. Lovers of the leaf will come back and say, "well, there's a tea for every occasion." 

There is another, probably less-discussed element to this back and forth: the beautification properties of each. That's right – coffee and tea can be used as much more than a morning pick me up, or an afternoon digestif. They also have a place in your beauty routine. 

Coffee's Beauty Benefits
Freshly ground coffee out of a Mr. Coffee® Blade Grinder is good for much more than rich aromas and energy boosts. They can also be combined with coconut oil to become a natural exfoliant. You can do this in your own home with with the ingredients available to you, or buy readymade creams in stores and online.  Alternatively, you can combine grounds with natural, plain yogurt, lather onto your face, wait about 15 minutes and then rinse for a more radiant complexion.

Then there's coffee grounds as a treatment for puffy eyes and dark circles. After brewing a cup of joe, consider setting aside the grounds and allowing them to cool. Once they're at room temperature, apply the grounds just below your eyes and over your eyelids. Leave them on for 15 minutes or so and then rinse them off with cool water. 

Rumor has it that a coffee-ground cocktail may provide a solution for cellulite. Mix a quarter-cup of coffee grounds with three tablespoons of warm water and let it sit. After about 10 minutes, stir in two tablespoons of olive oil. Rub the mixture onto the areas with cellulite during a warm shower for about three minutes, and then rinse. There is no hard scientific evidence to support this home remedy, but some people swear by it. 

Last but not least, grounds can also be used to exfoliate your scalp and give your hair a smooth, natural sheen. 

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Tea's Beauty Benefits
For starters, tea has many of the same beauty benefits as coffee. Gently rubbing green tea leaves mixed with honey over your face, for instance, will help you exfoliate and reduce the appearance of scars or blemishes. Placing chamomile or green-tea bags that have cooled on top of your eyes can help reduce puffiness. And pouring cold green tea over your hair after shampooing and conditioning can add some natural shine. This can also help to stimulate hair growth. Maybe you're a tea drinker, or for whatever reason, you find the smell of coffee to be a bit overbearing. Or maybe you like tea just as much as coffee. If any of those cases apply, this section is for you. 

But that's not all. Green tea's antioxidant properties can also slow signs of aging. Combine three tablespoons of plain yogurt, one tablespoon of green tea leaves and a dash of turmeric, mix it altogether and then lather onto your face. Let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Do this twice a week to rejuvenate your complexion. 

Finally, green tea leaves can also act as a natural toner for people with dry skin. Use your Mr. Coffee® Tea Maker to brew a cup of tea as you normally would, and then let it cool to room temperature. Add in a small amount of your favorite essential oils and then place the mixture in a spray bottle or an air tight container. Apply the mixture to your face twice a day without rinsing, and voila: Your pores will become visibly smaller, and your skin will appear hydrated and healthy. 

So next time you decide to brew yourself a cup of coffee or indulge in some afternoon green tea, be sure to salvage the remainders. A few tea bags and coffee grounds can do wonders for your appearance.