When we arise from our comfy beds early in the morning, some of us choose to greet the day with a refreshing shower. The other half of us (or let’s face, maybe ALL of us), need some sort of caffeine boost. Tea might be the healthier option but it doesn’t always cut it when we are craving some high energy. So, we turn to coffee for that extra oomph.
But don’t go grinding those beans just yet. Did you know pure green coffee beans have many benefits for the skin? Researches from Japan to Brazil have discovered that ingredients extracted from these beans have been scientifically shown to rejuvenate aging skin.
Benefits of Green Coffee Beans
Rich in Antioxidants: These little beans help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals that we are exposed to in our daily lives (pollution, smoke, radiation). Because they can eliminate these damaging elements, they will help get rid of dull and acne-prone skin.
Slows down visible aging: Because they can destroy those toxic radical substances, this consequently slows down the aging process as well.
Moisturizes skin: Green coffee beans are also rich in fatty acids, which help nourish and moisturize the skin to stop sagging, discoloration, and other severe damages.
Coffee and Jalapeno Body Scrub: This formula works to energize, purify, tone, and smooth skin. A perfect concoction for those worried about cellulite. The caffeine has firming properties, jalapeno draws out toxins, aloe is soothing, and mint makes you feel and smell fresh.
½ cup green coffee beans (you can grind these)
1 cup warm water
½ of a jalapeno pepper
1 bunch of fresh mint
½ cup aloe vera gel
Blend all ingredients together until they create a creamy paste. Apply the paste all over your body, kneading into areas that need extra firming, in a clockwise circular motion. Wrap yourself in a warm blanket for 20 min so ingredients can soak into your skin. Rinse the scrub off. Wait to apply your lotion until the next day (unless you are headed outside, in which case you will want to put extra SPF on your clean skin).
Coffee Face Mask: This mask is a classic for injecting life into a dull, tired complexion. Not only will this brighten your complexion, but it will also tighten it, revealing a more youthful you. The green coffee beans will act as an exfoliator and remove dead skin cells. Cocoa powder repairs environmental and free radical damage and is also great for fighting acne. Milk contains natural enzymes to help smooth and hydrate skin. Lemon juice lightens, tightens, and brightens, and is also great for regulating oil production. The honey locks in moisture, giving you that healthy glow you’ve been craving.
½ cup green coffee beans (grind your own or buy pre-ground)
½ cup organic, unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup of unsweetened whole milk (or sub for unsweetened almond milk)
1 tbsp of lemon juice (for dry skin, substitute with olive or almond oil)
1 tbsp of honey (for extra oily or acne prone skin, use additional lemon juice here instead of honey)
In a bowl, mix ground green coffee beans with the cocoa powder. Add in milk, stir until it creates a paste. For a thicker paste, use less milk. Fold in lemon juice and honey. Apply to skin and let dry for up to 20 minutes. Wash off and store any extras in the fridge for up to 3 days.
*For extra exfoliation: apply in circular motions for a quick scrub (1-2 minutes), then allow to dry.
*For dark circles: mix the ground coffee beans with enough milk/olive oil to form a paste and apply to the under eye area once a day. Allow to dry and rinse off.
Also, be sure to try our Advanced Clinicals Green Coffee Bean Oil Thermo-Firming Cream for an energizing lift. Wake up and smell the coffee.