Tuesday, March 1, 2016

DIY Coffee Face Scrub & Mask

I recently tried a sample of a coffee scrub at LUSH and I loved everything about it, except the price tag.  It worked so well, and I was wanting to do another, but didn't budget for it this month, so I took to Pinterest to see how I could make one myself.

The easiest one I found involved just two ingredients and I happened to have them on hand so I gave it a try.  Coffee grounds and coconut oil.  That's all you need!



I'm not sure if I should call this a scrub or a mask so we're going to call it a scrub/mask, since really it is both.  So head to your kitchen and grab what you need!

-1 tbsp coconut oil
-1 tbsp coffee grinds (you can use either leftover grinds from your morning coffee, or dry. I used a little of both).

Mix them together in a bowl to form a paste.  Note: if you leave this out too long, it does liquefy a little (I made this mistake) so I suggest using it right away.



Before the scrub is my bare face, post workout (I'm like, so glamorous).  Apply the mask all over your face.  Be careful of your eyes. You want to get a little under your eyes because the caffeine from the coffee with wake up your face a little, but it will hurt really really bad if you get it in there!

I left mine on for about 15 minutes.  Because this is such a simple mask/scrub, it does get a little melty, so watch out for dripping.  You could add clay to it, for a sturdier mask, but I didn't have any on hand.

Next, get a warm washcloth and wipe off the mask.  If you have sensitive skin like me, I'd do this gently because you're exfoliating and it go too rough, you're going to get very red and it may actually hurt a bit!  So gently wipe it all off and check out your gorgeous, glowing skin!



When I wiped it off, my skin immediately felt softer, and more hydrated.  You can also use this on your body to exfoliate.  I've read that it works especially well on the belly (for all you mamas out there like me who want to tighten that post babies skin at the belly) because it exfoliates the skin and helps to tighten. I have no clue if that is actually true, but it doesn't hurt to try. 

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