We’re willing to invest some serious time and resources into our hair and skin (you only get one set, after all). Multi-billion dollar beauty industries can leave us feeling pressured to keep up with the latest product fads or snazziest miracle-in-a-tube. But you don’t have to break the bank to keep it fresh with your beauty routine.
The “organic” craze has been a popular, often expensive, bandwagon in recent years. It’s somewhat ironic we’re willing to pay double for a care product because it contains an ingredient we have access to on a daily basis. You reap the same benefits promised on a sophisticated label by cutting out the middleman and using the raw ingredients yourself.
So today, we’re going to look at something with a lot of natural beauty benefits many of us simply throw away: coffee grounds.
I can’t count the number of products I’ve seen utilizing coffee beans; lotions, creams, masks, scrubs, soaps, shampoos, you name it. The beans contain a mixture of vitamins B-2, B-5, calcium, magnesium, and caffeine that can have restorative properties in both hair and skin. The exciting news is that you can reap the same benefits those products promise by simply holding onto your used coffee grounds and recycling them in a few clever ways.
In Your Hair
The nutrients in coffee beans leave hair smooth and glossy, while the coarse texture of the grounds helps remove excess product build up on the hair and scalp. It’s also a brunette’s best friend -the rich pigmentation of the beans refreshes rich, vibrant color to darker tresses. (But watch out blondies, because it can stain lighter hair shades.)
Next time you hop into the shower, grab some grounds. You may find it most convenient to incorporate the grounds before you shampoo or in combination with shampooing. Use your fingertips to work them through your hair and then rinse thoroughly before applying conditioner.
On Your Skin
The caffeine in coffee beans acts as a stimulant that can tighten and brighten skin. There are also claims it may also help reduce the appearance of cellulite by the way it reacts with fat deposits in the epidermis. The coarse texture is beneficial here too, because it acts as an exfoliant by removing dead skin cells, leaving skin cleaner and smoother.
In the shower (it’s messy, folks), try mixing the grounds in with your body wash to add extra scrub to your suds. Or create your own moisturizing exfoliate by mixing them with some baby oil or olive oil. Out of the shower, keep some grounds by your sink and add them to hand soap (they’re also a great deodorizer if you’ve been handling something strongly scented) or face wash.
During “You” Time
Coffee grounds can be used in your pampering routine too. You can try a variety of beauty recipes and concoctions to create refreshing and rejuvenating facial masks.
Go natural by mixing grounds with anything from milk, honey, avocados, egg whites, and more –have some fun with creativity. If you have delicate skin, try mixing them with a thick layer of lotion for sensitive skin and letting it sit 5-10 minutes before rinsing off.
Not a coffee drinker? No worries. You can still snag used grounds for free by getting them from a friend, the office break room or asking for them at local coffee shop.
Writing copyright © 2014 Rachel Elise Weems Woods
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