Thursday, March 8, 2012

Make Your Own Cafe' Mocha Face Mask! Brighten Your Complexion With This Easy to Make Scrub


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.
This mask/scrub will brighten and renew a tired complexion making it a great choice for anyone who needs a little spa pampering!  It makes a great gift for that friend that has everything.

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
ground coffee.




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.
Mix well.


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





8 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to try this! :o) Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. You're welcome Mama Pea! I do hope you'll let me know how you like it!

      Have a great night!

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    2. How long does it last once you have made the mask?

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    3. I am wanting to give this gift as a present. How long does this product last once all the materials are mixed together?

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    4. The dry mix will last a year or so but once you have mixed everything together, bacteria could start to grow. I would just mix the small amount that you need for one use each time.

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  2. this looks good i want to try this. I just don't know if my parents will buy me flax seed!
    Thanks a ton for the recipe

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  3. Poppy,
    I came across your site looking for DIY decal ideas and started to look around. This Mocha Face Mask looks like a great one to try. I appreciate your giving us all details about the properties of coffee and cocoa, especially, and how commonly they are used as ingredients. Your description of the science of these ingredients is generous to the experimenter. In this case, I'll take your experiment as proof and make a coffee mocha mask.
    Thanks,
    Amy

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  4. I hate this! Just kidding. I've never tried it.

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