Much like the love-hate relationship that ensues with marmite, the story of caffeine is a similar one. While some of us, like Norma Kamali, are teetotal with lemon and hot water a morning ritual, others, like Monica Vinader, Eudon Choi and Han from Self-Portrait, have their caffeine penchants to kickstart their days.

Caffeine now finds itself in the same bucket as cacao in beauty – we know a cup of Joe and it’s caffeine-rich companions are big culprits in drying out our visages, but, again, it’s a different kettle of fish when applied topically in our regimes. 

Green tea lovers can find their fix via a couple of different means. The first arrives as a trio of hydration, exfoliation and moisture, by way of Teami’s 75% organic scrub of matcha green tea, lemon grass sweet and almond oil, which, with its all-natural sugar exfoliating capabilities, has made a name for itself as the go-to for drawing toxins out of the pores and leaving skin tones even.

Meanwhile, as the natural next step in routines, Herbivore’s Jasmine Green Tea Balancing Toner closes the pores, while bringing a host of antioxidants to the table, which work to minimise oxidative stress that big city living brings about. Combined with the subtle floral fragrance of the succulent, it also makes for an olfactory delight.

Elsewhere, to get the full bright-eyed and bushy-tailed-like effects of coffee, 100% Pure encourages applying coffee bean and green tea under the eyes upon rising. Packed with anti-inflammatory antioxidants and rosehip oil to reduce puffiness, its vegan-friendly Organic Coffee Bean Eye Cream has got your back when you’ve skimped on those eight hours of beauty wink.

And for those who don’t only love the taste of coffee, but its aroma too, you’ve got Frank Body to thank for making it a bathroom cabinet mainstay. Harnessing robusta coffee grinds, the Original Coffee Scrub is lauded for its exfoliating properties that keep pimples at bay, while aiding in the healing of scars and toning of skin. Teamed with sweet almond oil and vitamin E, it becomes a hydrating, free-radical repellent.

Wake up and smell the coffee (and green tea!)…

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