Beauty experts have a love-hate relationship with coffee.
They detest coffee drinking because too much of it raises cortisol levels, and may speed up free radical production that induces premature skin aging. Sleep deprivation from caffeine stimulation is also one of the quickest paths to an acne breakout.
But everything changes when the sipping stops and the scrubbing begins. Coffee facial masks, which are made from ground coffee beans and applied directly on the skin, is said to provide a temporary anti-aging fix for puffy eyes.
Caffeine from the coffee beans is said to be easily absorbed into the skin and can tighten the dilated blood vessels under the skin. It’s no wonder that Hollywood stars like Eva Longoria are reported to be mixing coffee into their weekly glam masks.
You too can get a stimulating face lift with your own coffee mask. Here’s one that’s easily made and applied.
Quick-Fix Coffee Mask
- 4 tablespoons of ground coffee (organic and not of the “instant coffee” variety)
- About ¼ cup of whole milk
- 1 tablespoon of honey (Olive oil or lemon juice as alternatives)
- Mix the ingredients together. Add more milk or coffee to achieve a paste consistency.
- Smear the paste on your face with a gentle circular massage to help with absorption and improve skin circulation.
- Cover everything even the under eyes, but avoid the lips. You may also smear a layer on your neck.
- Leave it on for about 20 minutes before washing off. Gently pat dry the skin.
The dark color may make you look scary at first, but at least you have that sweet aroma to keep you company! Immediately after washing you’ll feel an instant tightness to your skin, and notice a clean glow about you. Do this once a week for a regular facial boost.
It’s still perfectly OK to drink a cup of Joe, but stick to one a day, since a serving of coffee already provides more antioxidants than celebrated health fruits like oranges and blueberries. Then for the rest of the day, go steep some tea instead and set aside those unused coffee grounds for your next anti-aging facial.
Health and Love,