We all know the perks of a great cup of coffee, the lift it gives your mind and mood. But did you know that coffee can also work wonders for your skin and hair? Last weekend I set to work putting used coffee grounds to the test at home. The results have been even better than I’d hoped. Softer, clearer skin, and fuller hair with more shine. Below are some of the products I made after picking up used grounds from our Durham Street store. If you’d like to try these at home, just bring a container into your local Coffee Culture and ask for some used coffee grounds.
• 6 tablespoons used ground coffee
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• A few drops of tea tree oil (or other essential oil)
Mix ingredients together by hand. This will soften the coconut oil and achieve a smooth whipped consistency – it will take a bit of time. Storage: Store in an air tight container at room temperature. To use: Scoop a small portion out and gently buff in a circular motion on your face and neck. If the cold winds of winter have dried your lips this also doubles as a lip scrub. I’ve been using this twice a week in place of my store brought exfoliate and I love it. My skin is so soft and it’s helped my breakouts!
Winter can be so harsh on the skin and leaving it dry and flaky. My favourite thing about this scrub is that it doubles as a moisturiser.
• 1 cup used coffee grounds
• ½ cup soft brown sugar
• 1 cup of coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (optional)
• 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly by hand. This will soften the coconut oil and give your hands some love at the same time - again this also takes a bit of time. Storage: Store in an air tight container at room temperature. To use: Massage into wet skin all over your body and rinse well. Your skin will be left feeling soft and hydrated.• Caution, the coconut oil can make the bottom of your shower/bath slippery. Be cautious and give the shower a wipe down afterwards to remove any oil and avoid slips.
Coffee and cocoa face masks have been a favourite in beauty products for years. As a combination they help to decrease puffiness, brighten skin and wake up dull complexions. Depending on your skin type you can personalise the ingredients to suit. I have combination skin and I used the recipe below.
• 4 tablespoons used coffee grounds
• 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 3 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 tablespoon maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder- you can purchase this from most health stores (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together by hand until you have a smooth paste. Storage: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature and it will keep for weeks. To use: Apply to clean face and neck. Leave on for as long as desired.
Even your hair loves caffeine! Caffeine can help to stimulate hair growth and adds body and shine to the rest of your locks. Try adding a small amount of coffee grinds to your shampoo. Massage into the scalp before rinsing and conditioning. My hair was left with extra body and shine and I’m using grinds once a week.
If you try any of these products I’d love to hear how you found them.
Stay tuned for “making the daily grind go another day - part two” where we’ll learn about using coffee grounds in the garden and around the home.