Coffee is an integral part of life... it is also a multi-faceted beauty treatment. And while drinking copious amounts of it can help it act as a dehydrating irritant, applying it topically lends tremendous energizing benefits.
The products you use to firm, reduce cellulite, and exfoliate all contain caffeine in some form. Caffeine is touted as one of the most effective skincare ingredients, stimulating circulation naturally... and when the blood is moving, your skin glows.
Some of the benefits that caffeine provides:
- Shields impurities
- UVA and UVB protector
- Soothes irritations
- Combats free radicals
- Reduces oil production resulting in acne
- Removes dead skin cells
- Astringent (this lovely bean neutralizes skin by carrying the same pH balance as our skin, 4.5)
At home beauty treatments using coffee:
To reduce cellulite and exfoliate – Combine warm, brewed coffee grounds with coconut milk and apply to desired area then wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Let sit for at least ten minutes before rinsing. This mixture is also makes an excellent exfoliant, just massage in circular motions in the shower and rinse with lukewarm water (for best results, use energizing cold water.)
For glowing hair – Brew a very strong pot and allow to cool. Soak your hair with coffee, and squeeze excess and wrap in a bun for 15 minutes then rinse with warm water. Use a hand towel around your neck to avoid staining your clothes.
Ironically, the strong aroma of this celebrated bean will remove pungent odors as well as grease by drawing impurities from the skin.