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Has anyone else been having a rough time with the effects of the weather on their skin lately?? The constant rollercoaster of temperatures has been doing a huge disservice for me and leaving me with crazy combination skin, so I decided to try to whip something together to make me feel better.
I don’t know if any of you remember those Frank. scrubs that were going around a couple years back, but I partially put this together with those in mind (basically, the part where you use coffee grounds as a skincare ingredient). While I intended to use this on my face, there’s just so much goodness in each part of this recipe that there’s really no reason to not just smother yourself with it so you can get the full body experience, ya know? I think tripling the recipe would be sufficient for covering your whole body.
(I actually love how good everything makes my skin feel so much, that I used two of the ingredients from this scrub in my most popular mask, here.)
Coffee Charcoal Face Scrub
• Coffee grounds: Make sure you’re using regular coffee grounds, NOT decaf, otherwise you’re missing out here. The caffeine in the coffee will help to firm and tighten your skin, which is great if you’re working with getting rid of fine lines (or cellulite!) like I get sometimes on my forehead or between my brows (bitch face has its price). The grounds themselves will also help to exfoliate your skin, which is great, because combination skin seems the worst during fall and winter time!
• Activated charcoal: Being activated means that it’s porous, aka there’s a bunch of tiny little holes in the charcoal. This stuff actually draws out toxins in your skin and then binds with them (meaning the gross stuff fills those holes), leaving your pores looking smaller and less visible, as well as overall feeling cleaner. Activated charcoal also offers exfoliation to your skin as well, just like the grounds.
• Honey: This is basically the holy grail ingredient of this face scrub. As a natural humectant (source), honey helps to attract and retain moisture in your skin. It’s also antibacterial, which means it’s going to help clear up and heal blemishes, while antioxidants will also help keep you looking fresh.
Exfoliating, pore cleansing, moisturizing, firming, and healing? Count me in.
(basically, equal parts coffee grounds and honey, half that amount of charcoal)
1. Mix all ingredients together, and use to scrub face as well as body. (frankly, I suggest it if you’re trying to battle trouble areas with cellulite)
2. Rinse coffee/charcoal scrub away with warm water, then moisturize with moisturizer of choice! I use coconut oil, but if something else works for you, go for it!
Not gonna lie, it looks like straight up tar when you make it., but I swear it’s worth it.
I think during the winter I’m going to make it a point to use this scrub at least once a week!