Sunday, May 29, 2016
Caffeine - The Best Part of Waking Up AND a Toning Beauty Treament
Caffeine - when applied to the skin is a vasoconstricter, a diuretic, AND a good antioxidant which results in firming and tightening properties. Caffeine can also constrict the veins, which is useful in reducing dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.
When applied to areas where cellulite is an issue (that cottage cheese appearance to the skin that often no diet and exercise will help) it has a dehydrating effect on the fat cells, triggering the evacuation of sodium and water and the intake of potassium which can result in the skin in those problem areas looking smoother, at least temporarily.
So I've notice a number of products including some great coffee salt/sugar scrubs on the market. The only issue - they are usually EXPENSIVE. As I work on getting more firm and tone, keeping my skin in good shape is a priority (no one wants Rocky the Flying Squirrel arms).
You need dry coffee grounds
and fragrance (option).
You can make as little or as much as you want to use in a two week period (about how long it should safely keep).
The ratio is simple
3 parts ground coffee beans
2 parts melted coconut oil
2 parts sugar (the larger crystal type is great, but table sugar will do).
Melt the coconut oil and pour into the coffee grounds in a small glass container. I used fairly large grounds but if you have delicate skin you can grind a little finer.
Let cool, stirring every so often so the coconut oil doesn't clump as it hardens. (You can put in the refrigerator for a bit to hurry this process up). When cool but still stir-able, stir in sugar (this prevents sugar granules, which are exfoliating as well as moisture drawing, from melting).
Add a few drops of essential oil such as peppermint or spearmint or add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Store covered in a cool place. In your shower, simply rub on the skin in circular motion and rinse. For eye firming when you wake up,AN take a teaspoon of coffee grounds and mix a few drops coconut or olive oil. Lightly pat under the eye, wait 20 minutes and rinse with cool water.