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Ah, caffeine. I’ll be the first to admit that a jolt of java is fundamental to being functional at work. Happily, caffeine is equally perfect at pepping up your skin. When applied topically, caffeine’s ability to constrict blood vessels helps to placate puffiness, making the stimulant superb for re-energising saggy skin. Want proof? Look out for caffeine on the labels of your depuffing eye creams; it’ll be there.

Having been on a DIY roll this past weekend, I’m pleased as punch to say I may have hit upon a miracle beauty worker – and coffee’s of the essence!

My scrub recipe avails itself of caffeine’s aforementioned astringent properties for a skin-lifting effect that’s quite remarkable indeed: At a post-mask get-together, my group of girlfriends actually asked me point blank if I had treated myself to a little nip and tuck. (I hadn’t.) Individual results vary, of course, but there’s no harm giving this a “shot”, especially if you have leftover coffee grounds lying about in the morning. Here’s how:

STEP 1. Grab a generous handful of wet black coffee grounds (any blend will do!) and chuck it in a clean bowl.

STEP 2. Now for the genius bit. Add about a teaspoon of your favourite facial oil to the bowl and stir it into the mix until you get a sticky slurry that’s the consistency of oatmeal.

STEP 3. Next, apply the coffee-and-oil mask on damp, post-shower skin, massaging the mixture into your face and decolletage while avoiding the delicate eye area. Feel free to use moistened cotton pads to buff it in for an extra exfoliating boost.

STEP 4. Kick off your kitten heels, relax for 10 minutes, then splash off with warm water. Pat dry, then apply a drop or two of the same facial oil to seal in all the goodness. Follow up with your usual skincare regime and you’re good to go.

Bonus tip: You can make this express exfoliator in bigger batches and stash in a sealed tub in the fridge for use on an especially warm day. Super refreshing.

Have fun experimenting, and let me know if this works for you as brilliantly as it did for me. Good luck!