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You'd probably rather have your honey and coffee on a breakfast table rather than on your face, but don't think they don’t have benefits for your skin. In fact, honey has been used topically for many years; and, though coffee is a newcomer to the natural skin care scene, there is evidence it can help your skin look its best.
Potential Cellulite Reduction
If you spend your hard-earned cash on expensive cellulite treatments, you might be able to save some money using a simple honey and coffee mask instead. According to an article published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2008, applying ingredients that contain caffeine to the skin may actually help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. In the study, emulsions that contained caffeine resulted in a 17 percent reduction in the diameter of fatty cells causing cellulite! While a honey and coffee mask may not fully get rid of cellulite, there is evidence that it can help.
According to Josephine Fairley, author of The Ultimate Natural Beauty Book, honey has anti-aging properties that can help keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay – at least for a little while. Fairley suggests using a honey and coffee face mask after cleansing your skin but before you apply your moisturizer, rinsing the mask off in between to remove the sugar.
Cleansing and Light Exfoliation
A honey and coffee face mask has cleansing and exfoliating properties according to Barbara Close, author of Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics. Honey is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, according to Close, and rough coffee beans lightly exfoliate the surface of the skin to remove dead skin cells that may clog pores and cause blemishes. To make your own scrub for cleansing and exfoliating, Close recommends combining 1/4 cup jojoba oil, 1/4 cup roughly ground coffee beans, 1 tsp. baking soda, and 1½ tbsp. honey in a jar. Stir the mixture to combine the ingredients and allow it to steep for five to 10 minutes before applying the mask to clean skin for 10 to 15 minutes.
Making Your Own
If you can’t find a honey and coffee face mask you want to use, you can make your own with very few ingredients – as an added benefit, it might save you a few bucks over the store-bought stuff. Josephine Fairley recommends combining 1¼ cup rose or orange flower water with 5 tsp. roughly ground coffee beans and 1 tsp. clear honey in a sterilized glass jar. Cover the jar and allow it to infuse for 24 hours before applying it to clean skin. After leaving it on for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse the facial mask off with lukewarm water.