Reviving Coffee and Coconut Face Scrub and Mask
How About a Nice Reviving Coffee and Coconut Face Scrub?
Recently I’ve been a bit more conscious about the foods I’m eating and putting in my body. But why do I either neglect my skin and not moisturise for days (okay weeks) on end, or slap on face creams that have ingredients I’ve never heard of?
I’ve been a champion of the power of virgin coconut oil for a good few months now and have used it in my cooking, tried oil pulling, used it as a moisturiser and to remove my make-up.
All these have shown good results and sometimes I massage a small amount under my eyes which seems to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
However, even though I’m harping on about good oils and being healthy, I’m a self-confessed coffee junkie. I love a coffee and, as much as I hate to admit it, I’m one of those people who ‘can’t function until I’ve had my morning coffee’.
I know that drinking too much caffeine is bad for you, but what if I mixed it with coconut oil and put it on my face? Would it still be bad? I’ve seen a few companies now that sell coffee face scrubs for a small fortune so I decided to make my own version for just a few pence. That way I know exactly what the ingredients are and over time I can tailor it to be perfect for my skin and try different combinations.
Now, I’m no beauty goddess and I still put eyeshadow on with my finger from time to time. I have no idea what I’m doing really and I only put face creams on when I remember and hardly ever moisturise. I know… I’m rubbish at being a girly girl, but I’ve taken a bit of an interest in trying out homemade skin care products of late.
To try out my new idea out for size, I made my very first natural face scrub and mask with stuff from my kitchen to see what would happen. If you’d like to give it a try, here’s what you need to know…
Makes approx 100g
2 tbsp Finely Ground Coffee (I used 2 Nespresso pods because I’m lazy)
2 tbsp Runny Honey (Manuka is best)
1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. Simple!
If the weather is cold or your coconut oil has been stored in a cool place, you may need to warm it up ever so slightly or mix it on its own first until smooth.
Likewise, if you live somewhere particularly hot, (not a problem here in the UK) your coconut oil may be in liquid form. If so, pop it in the fridge to cool and solidify a little bit first. That way you can get a really nice creamy mixture when combined with all the other ingredients.
Gently massage onto your face and neck in a circular motion paying particular attention to dry areas. Be especially careful and gentle around your eyes. No vigorous rubbing please!
Leave on your face for 20 minutes, try not to lick the mixture from your own face, relax and forget about all the day to day nonsense. (the hardest bit about this whole process).
Then, taking some face pads, gently wipe from your face, massaging and exfoliating as you go. Then wash the rest off with warm water. I like to then go over my face again with a clean pad and wipe away the excess water and make up that remains.
When used 3 to 4 times a week, depending on your skin type, your face should feel deliciously smooth and revived.
The Good Stuff:
The caffeine found in coffee helps reduce puffiness by restricting the flow of blood and reduces swelling whilst improving the blood flow. It also contains antioxidants which help calm inflamed and red skin as well as fight premature ageing. When coffee beans are finely ground, they can gently exfoliate to scrub away those dead cells. Coffee is also a diuretic so helps to dehydrate fat cells shrinking their size and tightening the skin. Hurrah!
Coconut oil is rich in good fats which can soothe, nourish and moisturise tired or damaged skin. It is rich in Vitamin E which is essential for healthy skin growth and repair keeping it smooth and preventing premature ageing because of its excellent antioxidant properties. Coconut Oil is also full of proteins that help to heal damaged cells and tissue to keep the skin healthy and rejuvenated.
Honey is packed with antibacterial properties and antioxidants which are great for your skin to give it a healthy glow and fight the signs of ageing. This wonderful ingredient is moisturising and cleansing and helps to open up your pores making them easy to unclog.
So why not give this natural face scrub and mask a go?
If you try it out, be sure to let me know what you think. I for one will certainly be using this on a regular basis and researching some new ingredients to keep my face happy!