How to Use Coffee for Skin Care
Used coffee grounds contain potent antioxidants that fight free radicals, according to a study led by Wen-Jye Yen at Taiwan's Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science. The 2005 study, published in the "Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry," found that "water extracts of roasted coffee residue"--that's used coffee grounds soaked in water--protect essential fatty acids and proteins from free radical damage. Used coffee grounds also have antibacterial properties, noted Maria Daglia, lead author of a 2007 study conducted at the University of Pavia, Italy, and published in the "Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry." There's no definite proof that coffee will make your skin smoother and more youthful, but face and body scrubs made with coffee grounds do gently exfoliate skin, and they smell wonderful.
Cut plums in half and remove pits. Scoop the flesh away from the peel with a teaspoon.
Mash plums in a small bowl with a fork, or whirl through a food processor. Mix in honey and ground coffee.
Apply the mixture to your face with clean fingertips and leave on for 10 minutes.
Massage gently for two minutes, using a circular motion with your fingertips.
Rinse with clear, cool water and pat your face dry.
Coffee Body Polish
Make a fresh pot of coffee. Allow the coffee grounds to cool slightly, until they are still warm to the touch.
Mix coffee grounds with olive oil and castile soap in a small mixing bowl.
Step into an empty tub. Rub the coffee mixture over your body from the neck down. Wait five to 10 minutes.
Wet yourself down under the shower and lather up, scrubbing gently for one to two minutes.
Rinse off the coffee grounds mixture under the shower. Pat skin dry and finish off with a moisturizer.
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