Easing your way out of summer mode and getting back into the routine of autumn, can often be a welcome yet daunting task. Try this cheap and easy pick me up to brighten any morning/day!
If you are anything like me, you may enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. I savour the one cup a day that I ingest. The aroma alone perks me up. Did you know that applied topically your face and body love coffee too? It is even great for your scalp!
Antioxidants, vasoconstrictor (constrict small blood vessels), anti-inflammatory. It is a great exfoliator, brightener and the natural oils in it leave your skin feeling supple.
“Caffeine has potent antioxidant properties. It helps protect cells against the UV radiation and slows down the process of photo-aging of the skin. Moreover, caffeine contained in cosmetics increases the microcirculation of blood in the skin” Caffeine's mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use
Before you toss your old grounds, consider gently exfoliating your face and or body with it. Not only does the lovely aroma envelop you in an uplifting way, it brightens and leaves your skin feeling smooth. Simply wet your face, dip your fingers in the grounds and rub in a circular, upwards motion over your face, and don’t forget your neck and chest. I personally love to do my whole body given the chance, but face sometimes is all there is time for. You can also try making coffee ice cubes and circling them around your eye area to help reduce the look of broken blood vessels and puffiness. After you have rinsed it off (I prefer cool water), DO NOT RUB, merely pat dry. You don’t want to wipe away those luxurious oils!
Don’t forget to seal in that moisture. You can apply a small amount of natural Shea butter. Or better yet, if you plan on leaving your house don’t forget a sun barrier like my Face Shield. Remember sun protection isn’t just for summer. It should be worn all year round.
I recommend using a sieve in your drain to catch any extra granules you may not want down your drain. Especially if you have drains like mine! I find putting in a metal drain sieve is handy not only for catching extra bits of coffee or other granules like the frankincense and colloidal oatmeal in my Body and Soul Soothing Scrub and Soak, also for hair and dead skin, they are great for saving your drains overall. I use one in my shower all the time. Just remember to scoop it out when you are finished!
Enjoy your cup of joe, while you get back into the swing of this new season upon us!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Canadian Food and Drug Regulators. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.