Coffee | It's Not Just For Drinking
Coffee is a big part of my life. Not in the sense that I am necessarily an addict (although I do have one cup each morning), but my boyfriend and domestic partner owns a coffee shop and roasting company. I am around it all the time. The perks of being in a relationship with a man like this are awesome, I think for obvious reasons (endless amounts of deliciously roasted coffee...locally).
After I delt with my episode of perioral dermatitis, not only did I become very skin conscious and product conscious, but I also started making my own face/body masks at home. Just like food I am a believer that the more variables we eliminate that go into our food, the better. I.e. the resource, the process, the shipping, the sitting on the shelf, all of that, can be eliminated by making products right in your very kitchen. I will share some of my favorite face masks at a later date (avocado, yogurt and honey), but for now let's talk about coffee.
We think of coffee as the thing we drink first thing in the morning, the caffeine that wakes us up, the smell that brings us joy, and the routine that makes us happy. But topically it is a whole different story.
+ Coffee is a natural antioxidant, which in turn makes it anti-inflammatory (yay!).
+ It's great for cellulite treatment. The caffeine in coffee helps draw out excess moisture which is firms and tones the skin.
+ It is an exfoliant which will rub off dry skin cells leaving your skin fresh and smooth.
What happens when you mix coffee grounds and coconut oil? Well, the combination is incredibly moisturizing. Coconut oil is packed with vitamins and minerals, so the two together create quite the team.
I know that not everbody is a fan of coconut oil, especially for your face. I am one of them. When it comes to the skin on my face coconut oil can be a bit too drying, so I use olive oil.
If you are doing a full body scrub, I HIGHLY suggest you do this in the bathtub because... mess.
If you are doing this just for your face, please DO NOT go to town on scrubbing the crap out of your skin, your face doesn't need an aggressive scrub down. Gently, please.
For the body: 1/2 cup ground coffee, 1/4 cup coconut oil. Blend the ingredients together, and if your coconut oil is solid melt it down. But do not mix while it's hot. Apply to your body and scrub gently, then rinse.
For the face: 1 tablespoon ground coffee, 1 teaspoon olive oil. Blend well and apply to face (not right under eyes), and gently massage. You can leave this on for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and apply your your face moisturizer like you normally do.
I love doing this right before bed, your face and skin will feel toned and refreshed. Try it once a week!
Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know your experience, or if you have other variations that work better for you.
Happy Thursday! xo.