Puffy eyes reflect the toxins and water accumulation in the lymph system and are a sign that your face needs a quick detox. Coffee is the best ingredient for reducing facial puffiness and for stimulating your lymphatic nodes to flush out toxins. It has an incredible tightening effect, while reducing inflammation and redness. When applied to the face, it constricts the blood and lymph vessels under your skin, reducing the puffiness and the dark circles under your eyes. Combine it with honey for an antioxidant effect that will make your skin look toned and positively glowing.
Other Ways to Recycle Your Coffee Grounds
From one coffee drinker to another, we know how much coffee grounds goes straight into the trash after brewing. If you’re interested in finding other ways to recycle your coffee grounds, don’t worry because I have just the list for you! I put together this list as a way to help reduce my waste and to at least get more use out of my coffee before throwing it out. Here are some of those recipes that I’ve saved from some truly excellent blogs out there:
- Coffee Yogurt Face Mask (Nutritious Life)
- Chocolate Coffee DIY Face Mask (Ms Health Esteem)
- Coffee Face Scrub with Kaolin Clay (Organic Beauty Recipes)
- Coffee Face and Body Scrub with Olive Oil (Divas Can Cook)
Coffee Wakes You Up in More Ways Than One
Coffee grounds are an excellent skin care ingredient if you think about it. It contains antioxidants and of course caffeine, which wne rubbed on the face helps shrink your blood vessels, helping to remove excess water that’s being stored in the area.
Caffeine in cosmetics has become more and more popular due to its ability to penetrate the skin barrier. It is usually added to anti-cellulite products at a concentration of 3% or less to help prevent the accumulation of fat in cells. (1) It also protects the skin against UV radiation and slows down photoaging, which can make the skin appear younger.
Combined with the osmotic effect caused by the raw honey, this coffee face mask is even more effective at pulling excess water out of the skin. Also, honey has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant and healing properties that benefit the skin as a whole.
Lastly, you have your vegan milk to help tie it together. You can use almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, flax milk, oat milk, and many others. Depending on the type of milk you choose, it can offer a different skin care benefit.
I use almond milk because it’s already in my fridge, so the benefits to the skin include help protect against skin aging and possibly even help repair the skin barrier. (2) If you’re worried about early signs of skin aging, this type of vegan milk is a good choice for you as well.
Once you have all your ingredients, all that’s left to do is combine them all in a bowl and mix them all together. Apply a thin layer of the paste to your face and wait 20 minutes before gently rinsing off. Apply your favorite moisturizer after you’re done!
Can I Use This Coffee Face Mask as a Body Scrub As Well?
You have already come across coffee grounds in some DIY body scrub recipes and you’re absolutely right. It’s an excellent way to get rid of used coffee grounds while also giving your body some TLC. You can use this exact recipe for your body too.
Can I Use My Used Coffee Grounds for This Recipe?
Yes, you can use your coffee grounds that have been run through once. Any more than that and the coffee grounds will be too rinsed off to have any of the beneficial compounds needed to have that water pulling effect from the skin.
My Coffee Grounds Are A Bit Coarse. Is This Okay?
If you have a very rough grind to your coffee beans and the pieces are still large and jagged, I don’t recommend using it for this recipe because you don’t want to damage your skin. I recommend using fine coffee grounds for this to ensure that it exfoliates your skin well without damaging it.
Manuka Honey vs. Raw Honey – Which is Better?
Manuka honey is derived from the name of a plant that can only be found in remote places in New Zealand. This variety of honey contains natural sugar and is said to be up to 4 times more powerful than processed honey. It’s so popular that it even has a grading system called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) to help grade its potency.
Raw honey on the other hand, refers to any type of honey that is still in its rawest, purest form. It refers to honey that was extracted without going through the refining process. Processed honey has already been heated and pasteurized, while raw honey is as close to pure as it gets. For that reason, it contains an abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Manuka honey is nutritious in its own right, and it certainly offers plenty of beneficial properties for not just the skin but for overall health as well. However, for this recipe, we do recommend using raw honey to maximize on the amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals found therein.
Homemade 3-Ingredient Coffee Mask for Puffy Face
- 1/2 cup ground organic coffee beans
- 1 tsp organic raw honey
- 1 tbsp vegan milk
- Add the ground coffee into a small bowl, then pour over the milk and drizzle the honey.
- Stir to create a paste.
- Apply it in a thin layer on your face and let it dry for 20 minutes.
- Wash off with warm water, then apply your favorite moisturizer.