Happy International Coffee Day! We love the beauty and health benefits of coffee and what better way to celebrate our favorite bean than with DIY cosmetics? Last week, our friends over at Le Pain Quotidien hosted us for an evening of organic coffee celebration with champagne, delicious LPQ treats, homemade tiramisu and our very own DIY coffee, honey, and yogurt mask/scrub. If you’re not familiar with the incredible beauty benefits of coffee, you’re in for a real treat! Coffee not only makes an excellent rejuvenating face mask, but it also helps drastically reduce cellulite when applied as a body scrub. Pretty awesome, right? And of course, our coffee celebration wouldn’t be complete without including our very own DIY espresso eye mask. This reviving, easy-to-make eye mask helps perk up the face and reduces dark circles and puffiness.
So, you may be wondering, why is coffee so amazing for your skin? First, the natural caffeine in coffee helps improve circulation and tighten the skin. Coffee is also loaded with antioxidants that help fight free radicals and protect your skin cells from aging. So, sit back, relax and celebrate International Coffee Day with a cup AND a mask -or two!
The Coffee, Honey & Yogurt Mask & Scrub
What You’ll Need
1 cup organic ground coffee
1/2 cup of organic plain yogurt
1/4 cup of organic honey
Mix 1 cup of coffee grounds with 1/2 cup of yogurt until smooth. Add honey until the consistency is smooth but not drippy. Apply to face for 20 minutes or use as a scrub in the shower. Store remainder in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
The Style Fox Espresso Eye Mask
What You’ll Need
Bounty or similar strong paper towel (You must use a strong paper towel that does not rip or shred)
Organic Espresso or Coffee
Freezable Eye Gel Mask (alternately you can use crushed ice in a ziplock baggie or a bag of peas)
Small bowl or glass
Step 1: Brew a 3 oz. cup of espresso or coffee. If you’re using coffee, brew it very strong for maximum benefit.
Step 2: Pour brewed espresso/coffee and used grounds into a small bowl or glass.
Step 3: Cut several 2 inch long bean shaped pieces of paper towel
Step 4: Drop paper towel pieces into coffee and allow to soak for a couple minutes.
Step 5: Place a piece under each eye and apply frozen gel mask over the top. Allow to depuff for up to 20 minutes.
Step 6: Place remaining mask pieces in freezer for easy use.
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