caffeine

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ah, caffeine. the single word that brings us all comfort, especially when it’s dealing with that warm cup of morning coffee. It wakes us up, makes us feel more awake and energized, smells pretty amazing and is great any time during the day. Despite the minor coffee addiction most people have, caffeine can be an incredible addition to your beauty routine.

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a watercolor painting by my best friend that hangs in my room!

While it’s probably not best to add caffeine to your daily routine, on top of that cup of joe, it can make for a great face mask, body scrub, eye cream and is now being found in products all over the market. Too much caffeine can have adverse effects on the body, however the concentration found in cosmetic and personal care products are so small that they will not cause any harm. Caffeine is used in beauty products to act as energizers and such is often found in face masks, eye creams, body scrubs, etc.

Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 9.58.24 PMWith a structure similar to that of the nucleobases found in our DNA (furthering my opinion that everyone needs coffee in their life), caffeine is an organic compound. Containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, this two ringed structure is what makes that latte so precious near the end of a work day. C8H10N4O2 , 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, or more commonly caffeine, is classified as a stimulant towards the body, which is what makes it such a good skin care product. The caffeine molecules found in coffee grounds can act to stimulate the skin, shredding off dead skin cells, opening up pores and causing the blood vessels to be activated. According to Milady’s Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary caffeine is defined as a “bitter-tasting, odorless white powder [that] occurs naturally in coffee, cola, guana paste, kola nuts, and tea” (p.99).

Because of it’s presence in coffee, this makes it the perfect ingredient in DIYs. A quick search on Pinterest  can display numerous coffee based beauty DIYs. However I’m here to share one with you that I find particularly beneficial! Enter the coffee + coconut oil face mask, face scrub, and body scrub; this easy DIY leaves your skin feeling tighter, more awake and super soft.

To start I added equal parts used coffee grounds + coconut oil to a bowl, then microwaved for 10 seconds (because coconut oil is a solid compound at room temperature). I then used a stir rod and mixed everything together; you may be required to do this throughout the application as the substances tend to separate. Using a foundation brush, from this nifty set, I applied the scrub/mask to my face before my shower. I let the mixture sit on my face while I washed my hair, and then proceeded to rinse it off. Warning this will most likely end in your shower covered with coffee grounds, so it may be best to do this over a sink instead. Finally I used the left over mixture as a body scrub for my arms and legs.

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This mask left my skin softer than it’s been all winter. The coffee had an energizing effect that made my skin feel tighter and definitely woke me up. I actually skipped my post shower lotion because the coconut oil took care of that for me!

 

 

While coffee is always an easy way to make some energizing DIYs, there are also many beauty products on the market that do the exact same thing. Below I’ve listed some products that can easily be added to your beauty routine!

hopefully you found all this information informative and if you’re like me it probably made you want to have another cup of coffee! A great DIY tip is to keep your leftover coffee grounds and store them in air tight container in the fridge. This way you have grounds ready to go for the next time you’re itching for an energizing body scrub or face mask!

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