Sure, we know that too much caffeine is not good for you… in a beverage. But here is why it is essential in your beauty routine. Coffee grounds are the perfect consistency to make a good exfoliator, and their caffeic acid boosts collagen production. Make some coffee ice cubes a staple in your freezer for those days when you need to de-puff your eyes. Just gently trace your eye area with the cube and voila, bright-eyed in an instant.
Do you have weary feet at the end of a long day? Here is a recipe for the most delicious coffee and coconut foot scrub:
Take a cappuccino and separate it into its ingredients: you get coffee, sugar and milk, right? Wrong! It's actually three completely natural, totally fabulous beauty essentials.
- Blend together one cup of coconut oil, half a cup of ground coffee, and two teaspoons of vanilla extract.
- Prepare a bowl of warm soapy water and soak your feet for 10 minutes.
- While soaking, apply scrub to feet to exfoliate the dead skin. Rinse and dry.
Cleopatra, the ancient Egyptian queen renowned for her striking beauty, regularly soaked in a bath of milk to keep her skin soft and glowing. Legend has it that she had 700 donkeys to provide milk for her daily skincare regime. Modern science proves she was on to a good thing. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which dissolves the glue that holds the skin together and enables a deeper cleansing of skin. Luckily you don’t need a whole herd of asses on hand! Pour between two and four cups of cow’s milk into your bath, soak for up to 20 minutes and then gently rub the skin with a washcloth or loofah to get rid of dead skin.
Try this milk, honey and oatmeal face mask for the most glorious glowing skin:
- Take one tablespoon each of milk and oats and add one teaspoon of honey.
- Using your fingertips apply this mixture onto your clean face and leave on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse off with warm water.
Exfoliating with a sugar scrub is beneficial to your face and body no matter what type of skin you have. Getting rid of dead skin cells is the number one benefit but it also makes your skin smoother, helps prevent acne and blackheads and evens your skin tone.
This simple recipe can be made in a matter of minutes and is not only a skin scrub, it's super moisturising too!
- Take one tablespoon of brown sugar, half a tablespoon of white sugar, half a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil and mix together well.
- Massage onto face and body in gentle circular motions until your skin feels smooth, then rinse off with warm water.