I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
If you’re wondering why your favorite coffee shop was unusually busy today, it might be because they're offering some kind of freebie to celebrate National Coffee Day. Nothing makes me crawl out of my cave quite like free stuff.
And while I can’t really drink coffee, that doesn’t mean I don’t need two shots of espresso--for beauty purposes, obviously. Espresso coffee is a very potent little brew that contains dozens of chemicals, including antioxidants, lipids, and minerals--all things your skin generally appreciates in moderation. Drink up!
Chocolate and coffee are both pretty acidic, and this delicious toning mask is seriously great for minimizing pores and tightening skin.
2 tablespoons ground cocoa (if you have very sensitive skin, try neutralized Dutch cocoa)
1 tablespoon brewed espresso coffee (fresh is best!)
Mix your two ingredients in a small container, then brush onto your face, avoiding the eye area. Let this sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow up with a moisturizer.
Coffee-Infused Body Oil
Cellulite is one of those spiteful side effects of life. Coffee ground scrubs are touted as an instant cure, but the decreased visibility of cellulite has less to do with the coffee and more to do with the vigorous scrubbing, which Danielle outlines pretty perfectly. There is some information out there supporting continued use of caffeine-infused products as having a minimizing effect on cellulite, so why not make your own?
1/4 cup fresh ground coffee beans (drip-ground is fine)
1 cup oil of your choice (I like coconut or apricot seed)
1 metal mesh sieve
This process is similar to making your own salve, and there are several ways you can go about this. The easiest way by far is to combine your ingredients in a glass container and nuke it in the microwave for about five minutes, stopping to stir the concoction every minute to 30 seconds, never letting it boil.
Once the oil has taken on the color of the coffee, let it cool completely. This cooling period will help the oil extract any soluble antioxidants. Warm the oil once more and sieve out the remaining coffee. Transfer the oil to a container and massage on for instant smoothing and a coffee house scent.
These are my two best coffee DIYs! I came across a lot of recipes to make your own coffee scrubs, but save a call to the plumber and use a water-soluble scrub like sugar instead. That coffee can seriously mess up your pipes.
How (or with what special beverage) are you celebrating National Coffee Day? Do you use coffee in your beauty DIYs?