While it was once controversial and condemned, now everybody sings its praises. It acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system, aids digestion, helps to burn more energy, improves performance, and may even reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, not to mention Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It plays a part in countless people’s diets. What are we talking about? Coffee, of course!
And its benefits don’t stop there. Coffee can also get you looking great, in all sorts of ways!
Caffeine has a number of beauty-enhancing superpowers. It’s used by the majority of the creams on the market to lay the foundations in the fight against cellulite because it boosts blood flow and circulation, thus promoting the drainage of excess water in cells. It has hydrating capabilities, is a powerful antioxidant, has exceptional exfoliating capacity, and – as if that weren’t enough – it also has a firming and unclogging effect.
Furthermore, there are no contraindications for the use of caffeine in cosmetics because it does not act as a stimulant when the body absorbs it through the skin.
How can you make the most of these benefits? It’s simple: by creating masks, creams, scrubs and soaps that’ll do endless wonders for your skin every time you use them.
So head to the kitchen and whip up some magical coffee-based concoctions. The ingredients are all everyday items that are easy to find and there’s a good chance you already have them all sitting in a cupboard somewhere.
ANTI-STRESS COFFEE MASK. Beat two egg whites until they are stiff, then mix in the coffee grounds from a moka pot, wash your face thoroughly, brush on the mixture and leave it to work for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water, pat your skin dry to close your pores and apply your moisturizing cream.
REGEN COFFEE MASK. In a bowl, mix a teaspoon of coffee grounds with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil. The mixture should be smooth and not too runny, or it won’t stay firmly in place on your skin. Apply it to your face and neck, moving from the bottom upwards. Leave the mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes, then use warm water on a damp cloth to remove it. Your skin will feel soft and smooth thanks to the moisturizing effect of the oil and the nourishment from the honey, so there’s no need to apply cream.
REGEN COFFEE EYE MASK. Mix a teaspoon of coffee grounds with a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil. Stir until the mixture is smooth, then apply it thoroughly to your eye contour area. Leave it on for 10 minutes. The coffee acts as a microcirculation stimulant and the coconut oil increases the suppleness of your skin. Remove it gently.
COFFEE BODY SCRUB. Mix equal parts of coffee grounds and sea salt in a bowl, with a little olive oil to add texture to the mixture. Slightly dampen your skin and rub the mixture into your thighs, glutes, hips and stomach with vigorous, circular motions, then leave it to take effect for a few minutes. Rinse it off with the shower head. Towards the end, alternate between hot and cold water. The coffee repairs and rejuvenates, the olive oil acts as a moisturizer, and the salt exfoliates the skin, removes dead cells and has a draining effect.
CLEAR COFFEE HAND MASK. Mix together a tablespoon of coffee grounds, a tablespoon of turmeric and a tablespoon of yogurt in a bowl and stir until you have a smooth paste. Apply it to your hands, leave it on for approximately 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Pat your hands dry thoroughly, then apply some moisturizing cream for the finishing touch.
COFFEE HAIR MASK. Mix two tablespoons of olive oil with a tablespoon of coffee grounds until you have a thick mixture. Spread it across your scalp and along the lengths of your hair, leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse. Your hair will be soft and glossy. Please note: This mask is only recommended for people with dark, untreated hair because coffee has a colouring effect.
Extra beauty tips: if you use ground coffee rather than coffee grounds for your scrub, you can store it for use at a later date. Simply put it in an airtight container and it’ll be ready to use whenever you like.
Make a simple hand purifier by mixing ground coffee with a drop of neutral soap. Wash your hands as you normally would, carefully rubbing them against each other for clean, soft skin. A coffee mixture like this is also a great way to get rid of strong smells like garlic, onions or fish.
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