I love great skin care! Nothing makes you feel better than a little pampering, especially when a spa quality treatment doesn't break your bank! I've been experimenting with a new face mask and have created a combination that I think is amazing. I call it the "Cafe' Mocha Face Mask". It feels wonderful, brightens my complexion and smells good enough to eat!
The ingredients and their benefits in this special mask are as follows ~
- Ground Coffee - Is a component in many commercial skin preparations. It is a vasodilator which works to firm and tighten your complexion. In fact, it works so well to temporarily smooth cellulite that it could be used effectively on areas other than the face. Coffee is an anti-inflammatory, helpful in reducing redness. Coffee is used in many under eye treatments as it is helpful in reducing the appearance of under eye circles. Coffee is great for maturing skin as it is shown to tighten fine lines and smooth puffy surfaces. (Who wouldn't benefit from that?!?)
- Cocoa Powder - Is full of antioxidants (higher in fact than green tea or wine). It is rich in flavonoids which are thought to protect and maintain collagen levels in skin. Cocoa is also a vasodilator, increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin.
- Ground Flax seed - Works as a moisturizing physical exfoliant to slough off dead skin cells.
- Sugar - A natural source of glycolic acid (known to help increase cell renewal) and a great physical exfoliant.
See the following instructions to make your own Cafe' Mocha Face Mask ~
|1) You will need 1/4 cup each of flax seed,|
sugar (brown or white will do), cocoa powder and
|2) If you have not purchased ground flax seed, you will|
want to use your coffee grinder to grind the seeds into a soft
powder. I also grind my coffee to a very fine ground, something
like the consistency of espresso
|3) Blend your 4 ingredients together well with|
a wire whisk or your hands.
|4) Your mixture should look like this. You can store in a |
pint sized canning jar or other sealable container.
|5) To use, add a few teaspoons of milk, water,|
buttermilk or yogurt to 1 to 2 Tbsp of mixture.
|6) Prepared mask should look like this.|
|7) Apply to desired areas, being careful avoid eyes. |
Should you get some of your mask in your eyes, flush
with lukewarm water until product is out.
I like to gently massage into my face with circular
motions, then leave on for 15 minutes.
Rinse well and gently pat dry.
Follow with your favorite moisturizer and enjoy
your glowing complexion!
For more natural skin care ideas
see the following ~
Homemade Beauty Treatments and Skin Care Recipes (All Natural Cosmetics)
Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self