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When it comes to deep-clean, fresh skin, a girl doesn’t have to look farther than her own kitchen. In fact, the remnants of your last cup of coffee can take your skin from blah to brilliant in minutes flat. If you like the look of polished skin, consider a DIY face mask with a coffee-ground base.
With all of the beauty products on the market, you may be wondering what makes a coffee mask so special. Coffee is natural and also acidic. These natural acids cleanse and invigorate skin as they peel away layers of dead cells that may be making your skin look dull. If you are prone to swollen morning eyes, you may be delighted to know that coffee temporarily tightens the skin, reducing that annoying puffiness.
Save Your Grounds
When you make your own DIY coffee mask, nothing goes to waste. Save the grounds from your morning brew in a tightly sealed plastic container. Pop the container in the refrigerator to keep the coffee grounds cool and fresh. Look at them closely and smell them to be sure they're still good before you use them on your face. If they look or smell a little funky, don’t throw them away -- toss them in the garden to improve the soil.
Just as your favorite cup of joe awakens your mind and spirit, a DIY morning face mask can awaken your skin. Mixing cool coffee grounds with some cold milk and some cocoa powder creates an invigorating mask that cleanses your skin and smells good, too. Simply mix equal parts of cool coffee grounds and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Add just enough milk to make a loose paste. Massage the concoction over your face -- avoiding your mouth and your eyes -- and leave it on for 15 minutes. Use a cool rinse to remove the mask, followed by a soothing application of face cream and you’re good to go.
A Good Scrub
No beauty regimen is complete without a good scrub, and this is where coffee comes in. The perfect consistency for a facial scrub, coffee grounds slough away dead skin cells, increasing circulation and making your skin look brighter. Add about four tablespoons of coffee grounds to a small bowl and mix in just enough olive oil to make a thick paste. Massage the coffee scrub mask over your skin with a damp washcloth. Rinse with lukewarm water after the massage and slather on some skin cream.