Free skin care with/in your morning coffee
HOMEOPATHIC SKIN CARE FOR THE BUDGET-CONSCIOUS, WITH RELATED BREAKFASTY AND SEEMINGLY OVER-CAFFEINATED FASHIONS [fashion source]
COFFEE GROUNDS AS CLEANSER
I started using my coffee grounds on my skin months ago after hearing of a friend of a friend who saved the grounds and used them as a shower scrub. Always looking for ways to reduce and reuse things in my daily routine, I decided to try coffee grounds as a morning cleanser. I liked the cost (free!, as I am going to make coffee anyway) and the freshness of the still-warm grounds and I am pretty sure I like the results. I don’t have the best skin and have in the past have spent lots of money trying new products but as times get tougher, I have started trying more things from around the house.
So every morning I take the still warm grounds and wash my face with them. This morning I googled using coffee as a facial cleanser and found an article which says, “Primarily, coffee and caffeine are finding their way into skin lotions and creams because of antioxidant properties and tightening and firming qualities. Caffeine applied to the skin operates in three ways – as an antioxidant, a diuretic and a vasoconstrictor…
…Not so fast say the dermatologists. None of the products harbor concentrations sufficient to produce the jolt one might hope for from a cup of java.” <–Right, so why not use your morning grounds and get 100% concentration of the caffeine?
Sometimes I leave the grounds on for a bit before rinsing. I cannot yet tell if this makes a huge improvement or not. But the warm grounds feel soothing to my skin. I can tell it’s happy and alert. I grind my coffee to a Turkish grind so it’s like a talc. That way more of the luscious stuff gets through the paper filter and into the cup… (more secrets after the jump) But it works with regular grind and is probably more exfoliating.
HONEY AS FACIAL MASK
Then there’s honey. I have read a lot about honey’s natural anti-bacterial properties and how it is recommended to eat a tablespoon a day with cinnamon to gain said benefits. I found an article about honey which states,
“Honey has been known for its healing properties for thousands of years – the Ancient Greeks used it, and so have many other peoples through the ages.
Even up to the second world war, honey was being used for its antibacterial properties in treating wounds.
But with the advent of penicillin and other antibiotic drugs in the twentieth century, honey’s medicinal qualities have taken a back seat. In all honeys, there is – to different levels – hydrogen peroxide produced from an enzyme that bees add to the nectar.
Cancer specialist Dr Glenys Round has also found honey to be an effective treatment.
“We’ve been using honey to treat fungating wounds, where the cancer has broken through the skin,” she said.
“The results in that situation have been excellent.”
Most recently, she has had success in using honey dressings on patients with wounds or ulcers resulting from radiation therapy.”
One can find cheap honey – which is past its sale prime, evidently – at job lots stores.
BAKING SODA AND GINGER AS BATH SOAK
For years I have been adding a cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of ginger in the bath as a spa treatment. It works. people who have tried it have reported back that it is now a regular part of their routine.
This method really helps literally sweat toxins out of your body.”