Natural Skin Care For Dancers
Beauty And The Feast, Part 3
For all you greenies out there, here’s another use for your used coffee grounds besides throwing them in the compost to nourish your garden. Try an invigorating coffee facial scrub. Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. It’s one of my favorite scrubs! It contains caffeic acid, which has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production. If you have ever used other types of scrubs like, sugar scrubs, apricot scrubs, sea salt scrubs, or oatmeal scrubs, you probably have a good idea what an exfoliating scrub can do for your skin.
Here’s an easy coffee scrub. You can store it in the refrigerator if you prefer, but it will stay fresh for several weeks at room temperature.
Easy Coffee Scrub
4 Tbsp. olive oil
6 Tbsp. used coffee grounds
Container to store it in
Coffee grounds should be fine, but not too powdery fine and not too course. I go for a medium-fine ground. But don’t over think it, it isn’t rocket science.
Mix the coffee grounds and olive oil together. If you use the Oil Cleansing Method, or OCM (see Part 2) you can use your oil mixture. If you’d like to make more or less, the ratio is 3 tablespoons of coffee for every 2 tablespoons of olive oil. The scrub should look like a coarse mud when finished.
To use, take a small dollop of the coffee and olive oil mixture and gently scrub it onto your skin. I like to use a warm wash cloth to start working the mixture off, then rinse with warm water, then cold water.
If I got you hooked on Honey from Part 1 of my blog, here’s a variation: Mix coffee grounds, honey, and olive oil together for an extra nourishing scrub. Optional: add a little brown sugar and few drops of vanilla to the mix for a yummy, fragrant scrub.
For a great cellulite treatment: Use warm coffee grounds. Make sure that the coffee grounds were not in water for too long or burned. If those conditions exist there will be very little of the beneficial caffeine left in the coffee. You need ¼ to ½ of a cup of the grounds and a little olive oil, a loofah mitt (optional) and some plastic wrap. Mix the coffee grounds into the olive oil until the grounds are saturated. Using your hands or the loofah mitt (if you choose a loofah buy an extra one because it will get gritty), massage the coffee grounds and olive oil mixture directly to the cellulite-affected area, massage in a circular motion. Use the plastic wrap and wrap it around the area of application, firmly but not too tight. After ten to fifteen minutes remove the wrap and start wiping the coffee grounds off with a warm towel, then rinse the treated areas with warm water to remove olive oil residue.
Going green in your beauty routine, isn’t just about helping the environment, but also protecting your natural beauty. Your skin is your body’s biggest organ, with over one billion pores. More than 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your body, and the beauty industry is not regulated. I’m not kidding. There’s a ton of products on the market containing ingredients like parabens, which have been found in elevated amounts in breast tumors; and propylene glycol, a preservative commonly used in antifreeze and brake fluid, which may be linked to birth defects and infertility.
Drink lots of water, and watch what you put inside your body as well what you put on the outside. Take care of yourself! I’m stepping off my soapbox…for now.