Posted on April 21, 2015
The environment is full of free radicals (pollution, particles, etc.) that wreak havoc on the skin. Loading up the skin with the antioxidants in coffee protects it and bolsters its natural defenses. In fact, a study showed that coffee bean extracts can be responsible for skin cell energy preservation due to its free-radical properties. Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. Protecting your skin with caffeine may also protect it against UV carcinogens. According to one study, caffeine actually inhibits the DNA damage response, thus protecting skin against the adverse effects of UVB. Another great benefit of coffee is its ability to signal tissue repair. This plays a crucial role in cell re-growth, leading to retained hydration, increased collagen, and increased skin elasticity. This means it makes skin smooth and bright. Sugar is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the environment into the skin. Sugar is also a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin and breaks down the glue that bonds skin cell thus encouraging cell turnover revealing fresher, younger looking skin. Small particles make sugar an excellent topical exfoliant, removing dead surface skin cells to reveal the glowing, healthy looking skin underneath, and because of sugar’s natural humectant properties, sugar scrubs won’t strip skin of natural oils. Brown sugar is softer than granulated sugar, so can generally be used on the face and sensitive skin. Raw sugar is more naturally coarse, so is usually reserved for the body. Do a small patch test if you aren’t sure how your skin will react.
Small sterilized glass container or jar with a lid
3 TBS finely ground organic coffee
2 TBS Raw Organic Brown sugar
1 tsp Organic Grape Seed Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Optional: 3-15 drops of tea tree essential oil or other skin loving essential oil.
Instructions: Combine oil and sugar together in glass container until incorporated. Store with a lid at room temperature.
To use: Apply a small amount to dry face in small circular motions. Allow to sit on the skin for a few moments then rinse with warm water. Pat dry gently with a towel. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a week. Do not use if your skin is sunburned, chapped or aggravated.