DIY: Coffee Coconut Exfoliant
This stuff is amazing. I use it every other day to get rid of dead skin and to improve my skin tone. Seriously, since I've started using this stuff, my skin has gotten noticeably softer and brighter. The second you step out of the shower you can see and feel the difference. My roommates are obsessed with it, so I'm constantly making new batches.
Here is the breakdown:
Coffee Grounds: Using organic coffee beans and grinding them into a slightly gritty powder, coffee grounds are an excellent exfoliant for the skin. You always want to be very gently, using just the light pressure of your fingertips in small circles around your face. I like to focus extra gently attention below my eyes. The antioxidants in coffee help to reduce inflammation and when I use this stuff first thing in the morning it really brightens up my eyes and gets rid of the morning bags. The caffeine in coffee helps revitalize the skin, even without being consumed internally. This scrub can be used all over the body to tighten and tone.
Coconut Palm Sugar: Also contributes to the exfoliating properties of this fabulous scrub. I prefer to use coconut sugar over other types of sugar because unlike cane sugar, coconut contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper, as well as some phytonutrients. You will also find Inositol in Coconut Palm Sugar, which is a natural mood booster. How could your skin not respond well to a mood booster?!
Coconut Oil: There is no doubt that coconut oil is amazing in so many ways. I personally try to consume one tablespoon every morning for its internal health benefits. In this face scrub, the coconut oil helps soften the coffee grounds and sugar to make a more gentle exfoliant. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make coconut oil an excellent facial cleanser. It helps pull the dirt and oil from your skin, while leaving your freshly exfoliated face feeling perfectly moisturized.
Honey: Honey has been a staple of Aryuvedic medicine for roughly 4000 years. Its number of health benefits are insane (refer to my post on honey here). Like coconut oil, honey is antibacterial, which means it works as a bacteria fighting astringent for your pores. The enzymes in raw honey help remove bacteria out of your pores, leaving them clean and clear. The anti-inflammatory properties of raw honey helps calm redness and irritation, helping heal blemishes faster and reducing the appearance of scars over time.
Cinnamon: When used on the skins surface, cinnamon brings blood and oxygen to the skins surface. This is beneficial because bringing fresh blood and oxygen to the skins surface helps plumpen the skin around fine lines, making pores and small wrinkles less visible. It also gives the face scrub a calming scent, which can help you relax and destress while using it in the shower.
I can't live without this stuff. I have suffered from adult acne off and on for several years now and this face scrub has seriously made a huge difference. I've been using it consistently for about 4 months now and I have noticed a dramatic improvement in the overall tone of my skin, as well as fading some old acne scars. I have also stopped getting major breakouts, just a few blemishes around my jaw during my time of month. This is one of my favorite regimens and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I!
Side note: Drinking enough water is absolutely critical for your skins health. In the past year I have paid closer attention to the amount of filtered water I consume each day and have put serious effort into consuming more than enough. I think the improvements I've seen in my skin over the past 6 months is also contributed to the amount of water I am drinking. So if you are reading this and questioning whether or not you drink enough water, the truth is you probably aren't. Our bodies are made up of mostly H2O, and drinking water works from the inside out. Meaning that first, your vital internal organs use up the water supply you are providing, and your skin is the last to receive these benefits. This is why it is crucial to drink plenty of water if you want your skin to stay hydrated, moisturized, and youthful.
1/2 cup organic coffee beans, fresh ground into a course but fine texture
1/2 cup organic coconut palm sugar
1/4 cup organic, high quality coconut oil
1/4 cup organic, RAW honey
1 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
Make sure your coconut oil is at room temperature. It should be soft, but not melted. Add all the ingredients to a food processor, and process until you have a well balanced mixture. The texture should be course, but fine. Remember, you are using this on your face so you don't want there to be any sharp pieces of coffee that could scratch your delicate skin.
When you use this in the shower, begin by wetting a wash cloth in hot water and placing it over your skin. You want to allow the steam from the towel to open up your pores. Avoid letting the hot shower water pour directly onto your face, as this can cause irritation and redness. Once your face is moisturized from the cloth, gently rub some face scrub between your finger tips and vey gently make small circular motions around your face. Take the time to enjoy giving your skin such a special treat. Pay attention to your skin on a cellular level. Visualize the scrub removing dead skin, extracting dirt and oil from your pores, and replenishing it with the natural moisturizing properties of the coconut and honey. I cannot stress enough the importance of visualization when it comes to health! Allowing yourself to take 15 minutes in the shower that are all yours to relax and de-stress can be extremely beneficial to your health. Use this time to meditate. Check in with your body, listen to what its asking for. Making this a habit will bring you joy, I swear!
Once you have finished reaching every square inch of your face, use the wash cloth to gently wipe away the scrub. Wet the towel, and gently wipe away, repeating until all the scrub has been washed off. Again, this helps ensure that all the dead skin has been wiped away, and prevents irritation from putting your face directly under the faucet. My esthetician taught me that you should always use a wash cloth on your face rather than putting hot water directly on it and this tip has saved me from so much splotchiness. Plus it just feels better!
You may feel as though the scrub has left some oil on your face when you step out of the shower... this is good! The coconut oil and honey left behind will continue to provide moisture and protection throughout the day. You may find on some dry winter days that you want to add some extra moisturize to your face, but personally I am usually able to use this scrub and not need any more moisturizer. Just try it out, and find what works best for you. Enjoy!