Coffee has been evoking various emotions since its ‘discovery’. This dark liquid from the East has got many supporters, as well as opponents. Some praise coffee for its wonderful aroma and unusual taste, others focus on its benefits or health disadvantages.
I know a few people who can’t live without coffee. They start and end each day with it. They drink it in the morning, at noon and in the evening. But speaking for myself, I can go on without coffee quite comfortably. The best way to wake up my body in the morning is a cold shower. And if I feel tired or lack sufficient energy, a bit of dark chocolate does the trick for me. I am not saying I don’t drink coffee at all. My mum loves it and when I visit her, we drink it together. She always serves it hot, sweet and with a dash of milk and that’s how I like my coffee best.
However, there’s more to coffee than meets the eye. This rejuvenating potion can be a powerful ally in a woman’s constant battle to achieve healthy and glowing complexion. Here are just a few examples of how coffee can be used in various beauty treatments:
- De-puffing – caffeine in coffee can help reduce under eye puffiness by restricting blood flow to the area and reducing swelling. Make coffee ice cubes and gently massage eye areas to rejuvenate and improve your skin condition.
- Exfoliating – coffee grounds make a great exfoliator. Add few drops of coconut or olive oil and apply to your skin. This mixture will remove dead skin and leave it smooth and cellulite free.
- Brightening – add a dash of coffee brew to your face cream to brighten up dull skin.
- Revitalizing – combine ground coffee beans with cocoa powder and yoghurt or milk and honey to ‘wake up’ a tired complexion. Apply this homemade mask to you face and then rejoice at much improved and healthier looking skin.
- Stimulating – caffeine promotes hair growth by stimulating the follicles. Rub some coffee extract onto your scalp, let it sit for an hour and then wash your hair.
- Tinting – coffee can be used as a mild hair dye for people with dark hair – to enhance the colour, not to change it completely. Pour some coffee brew into a jug, add some tepid water and give your hair a good rinse. You can either wash the coffee away after 10 minutes or leave it on.
You don’t have to be a coffee enthusiast to realize it can be a great component in your homemade cosmetics. It is widely available and easy to incorporate into your beauty regime. What’s more, positive results are quickly noticeable.
If your skin is dull and listless and you dream of radiant and bright complexion, try applying coffee to your face. But remember to use high quality beans and prepare fresh brews and extracts every time. If you are extremely sensitive, do a patch test before you start any experiments in your kitchen laboratory – apply some coffee liquid to the inside of your elbow and wait for some time. If you have redness, itching or burning, don’t use it.