Beauty treatments and products can get really expensive. Between things like makeup, lotions, waxing, perfumes, and manicures, the average woman will spend $15,000 on beauty products in her lifetime. Ouch. However, I have managed to find one beauty product that is completely free because most people throw it in the trash every morning…Used coffee grounds. I had read that coffee grounds can exfoliate dead skin, remove cellulite, and give your skin a healthy looking glow. So I immediately dumped the used grounds from my coffee maker into a Ziploc bag, hopped into the shower, and rubbed it all over my skin. The grounds were dark and gritty, it felt like I was rubbing potting soil on myself. Yuck. I decided to leave this new beauty treatment on for twenty minutes so that my skin could soak up the benefits. After about ten minutes, my skin started to feel warm and tingly, presumably from the caffeine. I had read that coffee grounds remove fat and cellulite by improving circulation so that skin appears firmer. I took the tingling feeling as a sign that it was working.
After twenty minutes, I washed the grounds off. I noticed right away that my skin felt incredibly soft and smooth. I had shaved with the coffee grounds still on my skin and gotten the closest shave ever. My skin was also flushed from the extra blood flow but appeared normally pigmented again after a few minutes. My skin looked firmer and felt softer after just one treatment. It was wonderful! Definitely something that I will continue doing. As it turns out, there are other ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty treatment:
Facial scrub – Putting coffee grounds on your face can help tighten your pores and reduce puffiness under your eyes. Mix the grounds with coconut oil for a refreshing facial that will leave your skin super soft.
Hair treatment – Putting coffee grounds in your hair will exfoliate your scalp and make your hair shiny and soft. It will also help remove product and oil build up from your hair. Mix 1 tablespoon with your conditioner to reap these benefits. However, do not do this if you have bleached hair because the coffee might darken it.
I loved finding a beauty treatment and was easy to do and free. My skin feels so great after using coffee grounds. I will definitely be using the facial scrub and hair treatment next.
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