So, you have finally gotten into the habit of using a coffee scrub and are loving the results right? You skin is softer and firmer, cellulite is diminished and you have even been able to shelve that sticky body lotion for good!
But, what if I told you that you are not using that coffee scrub to it's full potential?
Coffee is one of the 'IT' natural beauty product right now, and for good reason! Coffee is a veritable superhero in the skin care world! The caffeine stimulates circulation, this helps reduce cellulite, heal scars, reduce stretchmarks, tighten skin, reduce water retention, perk up a dull complexion and reduce under eye puffiness. In the fight against acne, coffee grounds in a scrub can make a huge difference. Coffee is antibacterial and combined with its anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent and heal acne, acne scars and even wounds in general.
Ironically while coffee gets the blood pumping, it has the opposite effect on the skin itself. With its high antioxidant content, it is actually quite calming and anti-inflammatory when applied topically making it great for those suffering from eczema, psoriasis and irritated skin in winter months. In addition to all this coffee is full of antioxidants, the little powerhouses that fight free radicals which are what cause the signs of aging. A simple, humble ingredient that basically does it all.
So, now let's take a look at some alternative uses for that Clean Beauty Swiss scrub!
The caffeine in coffee will absolutely do wonders for tired, dull winter skin. I don't know about you, but February and March are horrible months for my skin, or better, how I see my skin. Months of cold, dry weather have taken their toll. The sun starts shining and my skin is pasty white and just looks bleh.
Use that scrub as a mask to get some blood flowing to your face. it'll give you a bit of a flush and will hydrate your skin helping to plump up fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable in these first days of sunshine.
How to: You want the scrub to be as soft as possible, let the jar soak in warm water for a few minutes. Then, grab a spoonful of scrub and warm it up further in your hands. Slowly and carefully begin to spread it over your face, massage it in softly - might as well exfoliate a bit while you're at it. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. You might feel a bit of a tingle, no worries, that's your circulation waking up! Once time's up, simply rinse and go about your normal skincare routine as usual.
Eliminate Eye Bags and Dark Under Eye Circles
The increased circulation that coffee brings when applied topically can be used to improve your under eye. Puffy bags or dark circles got you looking tired and sad? I use this trick ALL. THE. TIME. Between allergies, cold season or just a late night Netflix binge can make my under eye just so dark and obvious. I just apply a bit of coffee scrub to my under eye and after 15 minutes my skin is less puffy and much brighter. A perfect addition when you want to rock a no makeup look!
How to: As in the face mask, here you want the scrub to be really soft so you want to soak the jar for a few minutes in warm water. Once it's softened, take a spoonful and a little at a time, gently tap it onto your under eye until you get a nice thick layer. Make sure to not get too close to the eye. follow your eye socket as a guide and do not go above it otherwise you risk getting scrub in your eye... if it should get in your eye rinse for several minutes with cool water DO NOT RUB. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Help grow hair and fight dandruff
Caffeine has been proven to increase hair growth when applied to the scalp. I have seen shampoos and hair care products lately with caffeine added. The caffeine stimulates circulation creating energy. This energy stimulates the hair follicles helping to grow thicker, longer hair.
Meanwhile, coffee scrub can also be used on your scalp to help fight dandruff as well! Coffee has the same pH as your skin, it actually helps calm down irritated skin and scrubbing frees your hair of those annoying flakes. The coconut oil in Clean Beauty Swiss scrubs also helps to moisturize and minimize flaking.
How to: Wet hair, apply scrub to scalp as much as possible. You are going to need to part your hair and work in small areas at a time, you really need to get as much scru b on the skin as possible. Massage in small, circular motions. Let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse well, shampoo and condition as usual.
Deodorize feet and underarms
Coffee is an incredible deodorizer. It can be used around the house to soak up unwanted smells much like baking soda. Frankly I had never given this much thought until a dear client of mine told me that her husband was stealing her Coffee Ginger scrub to use on his feet! YES, genius alert here! He worked outside and in the summer months naturally, he had to battle foot odor. After using the scrub, the stink all but disappeared. Which got me thinking, when consistently use our coffee scrubs I don't need deodorant at all. Such a great idea considering both underarm and foot deodorants tend to be full of questionable ingredients! A great alternative for dealing with growing kids and their changing bodies as well.
Anticellulite Mud Pack
As bathing suit season get closer, it's only natural to start taking a more critical look at our bodies. Unfortunately, cellulite gets the best of most people. You can eat right, exercise and drink tons of water but it still can show up. You can improve it's appearance significantly by using your scrub as you would a mud pack. The high concentration of caffeine will help drain the area, tone the skin and that increased circulation will break up the cellulite.
How to: Spread a thick layer of coffee scrub to desired area. Wrap cling wrap (Saran Wrap for example) over the scrub and leave for 45-60 minutes. Rinse off.