Aaaaaahh coffee! Just the smell of it perks me up. Whether or not you are a #coffeeaddict like me, there are ways you can give yourself a little extra boost for the day without actually drinking the stuff.
Turns out the caffeine in coffee beans has all sorts of skin toning and beautifying properties. It acts as an energizer for tired skin and helps with circulation. It reduces swelling, inflammation and redness. It firms and tightens skin. Coffee is great for your hair too, giving it extra shine and even a dose of color.
Plus, it’s a perfect way to reuse coffee grounds and any brewed coffee that might be left over at the end of the day.
Coffee Body Scrub
Cellulite. Yeah, I don’t like to think about it much either. But when certain body parts are out in public, I’d rather they are looking their best than not. So when I heard that coffee helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, I was more than happy to give it a go.
Hence my love affair with the Coffee Body Polish from Moody Sisters*. It’s handmade by two sisters using natural ingredients including coffee-infused oil, fair trade coffee grounds and Demerara sugar. It’s simple to use: simply massage it in either wet or dry and rinse off in the shower. Your skin will end up toned, rejuvenated and soft. Plus you’ll smell like coffee and what’s not to love about that?
If you are so inclined, feel free to make your own coffee scrub or try rubbing straight coffee grounds on your skin (personally I think it’s a much nicer experience if a bit of sugar and oil is involved.)
The idea of re-using my coffee grounds for facial care just gives me a good feeling all over. I’m weird that way. This morning I whipped up a quick Mocha Frappuccino Mask using my leftover grounds, along with some cocoa powder, plain yogurt and honey. After leaving it on for 10+ minutes, my face felt pretty darn refreshed. Both the coffee and the cocoa contain antioxidants which may help with anti-aging (woot!) and the caffeine helps reduce dark circles and puffiness.
Fair warning – this mask is a bit of a mess, so be prepared for a lot of clean up. I recommend rinsing it off in the shower instead of making a disaster of your entire bathroom like I did.
Coffee Hair Rinse
Got leftover coffee? Don’t throw it away! The caffeine in coffee helps speed up hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. Who knew? Plus apparently coffee can enhance the color in your hair! The minute I head that I knew I had to try it. I’ve been saving up my leftover brewed coffee in a jar in my refrigerator like a crazy lady. I’ll report back as soon as I have some results.
Have you ever used coffee in a personal care product?
(*Thanks to Moody Sisters for the product sample.)
Top photo credit: duncan c via flickr cc