There are few things in life I love more than coffee. Seriously, as a mum of two young kids I credit coffee as the secret weapon that got me through many a sleepless night and early morning start. But aside from being a super delicious natural stimulant, did you know that coffee beans also have some pretty amazing benefits for your skin? Yep, coffee is now used in everything from natural eye serums and body scrubs to facemasks.
So what is it about coffee that makes it a must have ingredient for your natural beauty cabinet? Well, there are actually quite a few benefits to using coffee in your skincare routine, but here are my top three:
It packs an antioxidant punch
Coffee is packed with antioxidant molecules that can help to fight skin damage caused by pollution, sunlight and free radicals (molecules which damage cell structure). The antioxidants in coffee can also increase collagen production, which can help to smooth fine lines in the skin.
It brightens dull skin
When used in a facemask, coffee can help to brighten the skin by increasing blood flow. Apparently, while you have that facemask on coffee will also help to unclog pores and gently exfoliate. Double win.
It increases circulation
Coffee based scrubs have been extremely popular for a while now and for good reason. Aside from offering excellent (if a little messy) natural exfoliation, when used in a scrub coffee can temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite. If you want a little more cellulite busting help, consider adding a couple of drops essential oils likes grapefruit, juniper or fennel to a homemade coffee scrub.
If you would love the benefits of exfoliating with coffee but without the mess, then take a peep at our new Fairtrade Coffee, Bitter Orange and Spices bar. Made with both brewed and ground fairtrade coffee, this soap offers both a gentle cleanse and exfoliation with natural ingredients. Plus we have been told that this bar smells delish!
Now that you know just a few of the amazing benefits of introducing coffee into your skincare routine, are you keen to have a go at creating your own diy product? If the answer is yes, then here is a super easy recipe I recently formulated for a coffee lip scrub inspired by our new coffee bar. It is simple to make and is perfect now that we are heading into winter in Australia.
Coffee, Orange and Spices DIY Lip Scrub
What you will need
1 1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Coffee Grounds (finely ground espresso)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/4 tsp Nutmeg Powder
1-2 drops Wild Orange Essential Oil (optional addition)
Microwave safe bowl
Small sterile jar with lid
Make sure the coconut oil is soft/semi melted but not hot, as you don’t want to dissolve sugar. I usually stand the coconut oil jar in warm water to melt, but you can microwave if you are in a hurry.
Add essential oil (if desired) to soft coconut oil and mix thoroughly
In a separate bowl mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee grounds.
Thoroughly sugar mixture with coconut oil.
Transfer to a small airtight container and pop in fridge to firm up. The coconut oil will harden, giving the scrub a balm like consistency.
Use once a week by gently rubbing a small amount on to lips in circular motions.
Dab with a warm wash cloth to remove scrub and finish off with dab of your favourite natural lip balm.
So there you have it! Coffee is such an amazing ingredient and there are so many ways you can use it. Do you have a favourite natural beauty recipe with coffee? If you so, I would love to hear about it. Why not share with us in the comments so we can give it a try.
Till next time