When you need a pick-me-up, you probably grab a cup of Joe. When your beauty products need a lift, you can reach for the same. Coffee is a new ingredient in makeup and other beauty products – both professional brands and do-it-yourself varieties – that can stimulate your face and add some pizzazz to your look.
Think about the amazing effect your daily cup(s) of coffee has on your body, especially our brain. Now, imagine that same effect to brighten your face. If you just felt like you discovered the Fountain of Youth (or at least the “Fountain of Looking Not-So-Tired), you’re on the right track. Coffee can stimulate and invigorate your face when you use it in your beauty products. Check out these DIY ideas to perk up your beauty products with coffee:
Coffee Facial Scrub: Coffee contains antioxidants that will seep into your skin delivering revitalizing nutrients to skin cells, and protecting and reversing some damage done by free radicals. Therefore, coffee-infused facial scrubs can energize and refresh your appearance. Simply mix coffee grounds with a natural oil (such as coconut oil or olive oil), brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon. You can also add in a citrus fruit like grapefruit or orange, or an antioxidant rich berry such as blueberries or Acai berries. Gently massage the scrub on your face and then let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize immediately afterwards.
Coffee Facial Mask: To enhance the benefits of coffee for your skin, create a coffee mask using the ingredients above along with yogurt or mayonnaise. Let the mask sit on your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing. For problem areas such as the under eye, concentrate your mixture in that area and reapply several times before rinsing.
Coffee Eye Shadow: If you enjoy a smoky eye look, dip a q-tip in petroleum jelly and then into coffee grounds. Smooth the q-tip over your lids and smear until you achieve your ideal look. For darker contouring, rub the DIY shadow in a little less so it maintains a vibrant brown color.
Coffee Eyebrow Tint: Marie Claire shared this clever idea – mix coffee and cocoa powder, another caffeinated favorite, to create your perfect shade of brown to highlight your brows. Then add coconut oil and honey and blend until smooth. Dip a thin brush in the mixture and stroke over eyebrows. Let sit for 20 minutes and then wash your brows. Wahla, a beautiful, rich brow color!
Coffee Bronzer: There are several variations of this DIY contour powder. Play around with cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder and coffee grounds to get the right shade for your skin tone. Add 2 teaspoons of corn starch and a few drops of an essential oil then blend thoroughly. Use this to highlight your cheekbones and forehead for an elegant yet natural glow. If you’re not into starting from scratch, try adding coffee grounds and other spices to your store-bought mineral bronzer for that natural caffeine lift.
Just as you feel the effects of caffeine in your body, we bet these coffee-infused beauty products will invigorate your look.
Sources: Total Beauty, Marie Claire, Crunchy Betty and Wellness Mama