I’ll admit - I was blessed with pretty good skin growing up. However, when I got pregnant with my girls, it didn’t take long before I noticed little bumps breaking out along my hairline. From there, they’d appear randomly on my chin or cheeks or nose. Being a self-titled “Picker,” I couldn’t stop attacking them whenever I found them.
If you’re a “Picker,” you understand this horrible habit.
Since I had never really dealt with acne before, I wanted to figure out how to attack this little issue without physically attacking my skin. Since it also wasn’t a severe form of acne, I wanted to find a way to make this remedy fun and creative on a personal level.
You may wonder why I’d care about making a “fun and creative” solution for my breakouts? I found that if I took time to putting together some kind of cream or exfoliant, the outcome would become personal. Therefore, I wouldn’t want to “pick away” at my skin because it would mess with the time and effort I had put forth.
With that in mind, I put a few inspiring interests together to make what turned out to be a successful exfoliating face mask: Lush cosmetics, Pinterest, essential oils, and, of course, coffee.
The Inspiration Behind The Face Mask
The face mask I created meshes my love for Lush cosmetics (specifically the Cup O’ Coffee Face and Body Mask), my obsession with Pinterest, my interest in essential oils (specifically Young Living), and my need for coffee. I’ve always loved using products that exfoliate and soften skin and when I decided to create a face mask, I wanted it to do just that. By looking deeper into the ingredients that make up Lush’s Cup O’ Coffee as well as mixing different recipes I like on Pinterest, I came up with something that met well in the middle.
Of course, the end product didn’t just magically happen on the first try. It took some trial and error before the mixture was one my skin was happy with. The first couple of mixtures were too soupy and another trial was too sticky. In the end, the combination not only exfoliated my skin, but brightened it, softened it, and woke me up.
Since coffee grounds are a main component of the face mask, using the mixture in the morning was helpful. The scent of the mask was almost as gratifying as the smell of fresh coffee being brewed and it did, in fact, wake me up.
Caffeine truly does wonders.
- A small glass jar or container
- ½ a cup of coffee grounds (preferably Mommee Coffee, of course)
- 6 tbsp of unrefined coconut oil
- 1 tbsp of vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp of honey
- ½ tbsp of agave nectar
- 5 drops of Frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil
How to “Exfoliate and Caffeinate” Using this Face Mask
Before applying the mixture, you will want to gently rinse your face with water or a makeup remover pad – making sure you are 100% fresh-faced. Gently apply the mask to your skin and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. This mask can also be used on other parts of the body, such as arms and legs, even though I personally call it a face mask.
After letting the mask sit, you will either want to rinse it off in the shower or over a sink because the grounds can get a little messy. Applying the mask once a day, every day or every other day, is suggested when hoping for the best results. You may want a designated hand towel to use when you rinse off the mask because if you continue to use different towels to pat dry your face, you will notice a build-up of coffee grounds. The coffee grounds do a terrific job attacking deep down in skin and getting rid of any dry skin, dead skin, or dirt that may have built up over time. However, the downfall of using coffee grounds is that they can get a little messy.
It is important to remember every skin type is different and not everyone will get the same results as the person before them. Trying out a new skincare product can be risky for some people if they are extremely particular with what they use. Knowing exactly what is going into the product can give you peace of mind moving forward - which is why this face mask may be just what you need.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, new mom of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, Rochester Magazine, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.