DIY Sweet Coffee Mask
Good morning, class! Today we are having some fun with food – that is, we are using all edible ingredients to make a skincare coffee mask! I recommend this recipe for those with acne-prone or oily skin. I have another version for dry skin that will be coming soon!
Before we go forward, let me remind you that I have no dermatology background. Where possible, I’ve linked to websites that support my claims, though you may wish to do further research if you have specific sensitivities or allergies. I can attest to the fact that I’ve used myself as a test animal for this recipe!
We are going to call today’s mask the Sweet Coffee Mask because its main components are ground coffee and honey (yum!) This is a wonderful opportunity to use the coffee remnants in your filter or even what’s left over in your used K Cup, as I did.
Let’s talk about the ingredients and some of their benefits –
ground coffee – Caffiene, which is a diuretic, can dehydrate skin cells and make the skin appear smoother. It has been shown to help reduce puffy under-eyes and dark circles, especially (source). Additionally, the ground coffee in this recipe exfoliates when you wash your face!
honey – Honey has anti-acne properties, so any blemishes you have may appear less red and reduced in size. Honey also contains a chemical exfoliant and has moisturizing properties (source).
cocoa powder – Most importantly, it will make the mask smell fantastic! Furthermore, the fine powder can contribute to keeping your skin clear and hydrated with regular use (source).
cinnamon – Cinnamon encourages blood to come to the surface of the skin, resulting in a firmer appearance. Please note that cinnamon can be irritating, so if you have sensitive skin, just leave this out!
I’m not going to give you specific measurements, because I never measure anything. Basically, I empty the K Cup into a bowl, then add a dash of cinnamon and a scoop of cocoa powder. I top this with enough honey to form a paste.
Apply the mixture to your face, and allow it to sit for a little while – for me, it was the extent of writing this post, so about 30 minutes!
I like to remove this mask in the shower. Use a gentle hand, because the coffee will be very scrubby! Also, you can use any mixture you have left over to exfoliate your body!
While this may feel a bit more time-consuming than a store-bought mask, keep in mind that this treatment is completely edible (though you probably shouldn’t eat it) and natural. It also smells really good. Because of the exfoliation, I’d recommend using this no more than twice a week.
Thanks for reading! If you like DIY beauty like this, let me know so I can be sure to do more similar posts!