4 Coffee Recipes (You Don’t Drink!) for Glowing Skin and Hair

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You’ll see fancy products all over store shelves with this hot new ingredient, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the same results. Use freshly ground, organic, fair-trade beans to make a home-grown coffee body scrub, face mask, hair booster, and more with these simple coffee recipe. If you have sensitive skin, start easy and try each recipe for just a few minutes at first.

You probably know firsthand the power of a cup of joe to perk you up with energy and verve. Did you know that it can do the same thing for your skin and hair? Coffee beans are naturally rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols, which encourage collagen production. They also contain a potent dose of the world’s favorite stimulant, caffeine. This combination makes coffee a natural anti-inflammatory, that can protect against free radicals and even sun damage. When applied topically, coffee magically appears to reduce puffiness, decrease irritation, and brighten your skin.

DIY Coffee Beauty Recipes

  1. Coffee Body Scrub – Caffeine is a major ingredient in many expensive cellulite creams because it temporarily deflates fat cells and helps reduce the appearance of dimples. It’s also an excellent exfoliant you can use all over the body. Make your own coffee body scrub by mixing one part coffee grounds with two parts coconut oil and one part sugar. Massage your coffee body scrub into your skin in a circular motion, especially your thighs or other cellulite-prone zones. Use plenty of pressure, and then rinse well and pat dry.
  2. Coffee Hair Volumizer – A recent study by the University of Lubeck shows that regular coffee hair treatments can stimulate growth and possibly keep hair from falling out. To try this for yourself, create a mix of hair conditioner and coffee grounds. Apply to your scalp once a week, massaging gently and making sure to work the mix through your roots. Let sit for 6-7 minutes, and then rinse well.
  3. Coffee Face Mask – Plump up your skin and get glowing with this coffee face mask, which leaves skin smooth, invigorated, and protected from UV rays. Mix together 1 cup of coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 cup of organic whole milk. Gently rub on your face, taking care to avoid your eyes. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse well with warm water.
  4. Coffee Eye Cream – Puffiness and dark circles under the eyes are a common complaint for many women. Caffeine has been used for years in over-the-counter eye creams because it naturally tightens blood vessels, which reduces darkness and swelling at the same time. DIY coffee eye cream by first brewing a strong cup of coffee. Soak two cotton balls in the mix, and then squeeze out the excess liquid. Let the cotton balls sit beneath each eye for 10-15 minutes, then rinse well.

Note: Coffee grounds are not your plumbing system’s best friend. Be sure to run plenty of water to flush the grounds past your pipes after you rinse off your DIY coffee scrub or other treatment.

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