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  • Using Coffee for Beauty, Skin and Hair

    Coffee drinkers love it as a beverage. But did you know coffee is great for beauty, skin and hair care? DESIblitz tells you how.

    Using Coffee for Beauty, Skin and Hair

    Coffee is so versatile that it can be used for beauty regimens

    Coffee granules are a great alternative for many beauty treatments.

    Coffee is so versatile that it can be used for beauty regimens, hair care, cooking as well as act as repellents and odour fighting goodness.

    It’s not just a wake-up beverage to keep you going throughout the day. The caffeine in coffee offers many other benefits than an energy boost.

    It can help reduce redness and inflammation on the skin and can be used as part of a natural and healthy skin regime.

    DESIblitz explores alternative uses of coffee.

    Body Soap

    Using Coffee for Beauty, Skin and Hair

    Coffee can be used to make body soap. It’s pretty simple, just follow these steps.

    What you’ll need:

    • 8 ounces glycerine soap
    • 1/4 cup used coffee grounds
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 1 teaspoon powdered milk (optional)

    How to do it:

    1. Create a double boiler by filling the small saucepan with one cup water, topping with the metal or glass bowl.
    2. Place over a medium heat.
    3. Add the soap to the bowl and let it melt.
    4. While the soap is melting, lightly grease four rounds of a muffin tin and place a small spoonful of coffee grounds at the base of each.
    5. Once the soap has become liquid, turn off the heat.
    6. Add the vanilla and add one teaspoon of the coffee grounds (optional: add milk powder if required).
    7. Ladle the soap into the muffin tin, filling to the top of each round. Allow the soaps to cool for several hours.
    8. Pop them out of the muffin tin when they have set.

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    Eyebrow Tint

    Why go to the beauty parlor when you can use this coffee hack to tint your eyebrows?

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 tbsp of ground coffee
    • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
    • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp of honey

    How to do it:

    1. Mix the ground coffee and cocoa powder in a bowl together.
    2. Add the coconut oil and stir until it forms a paste.
    3. Finally, add the honey. This will help the paste adhere to your eyebrows better.
    4. Brush the paste onto your eyebrows using a makeup brush or paintbrush and wait 20 minutes. Keep checking your eyebrows every ten minutes so they are your desired shade.
    5. Once you’re happy with the end result and want to take the coffee mixture off your eyebrows completely, use a dampened cotton bud and wipe it off.

    A bit confused? Check out the video here.

    Beauty Face Mask

    Need a quick face mask fix? We’ve got a hack for that.

    What you’ll need:

    • 2 tbsp ground coffee
    • 2 tbsp yoghurt
    • 1 tbsp honey

    How to do it:

    1. Mix the coffee and the yogurt together so there are no lumps in the paste.
    2. Add the honey, making sure everything is mixed together thoroughly.
    3. Brush the paste onto your face with a makeup brush or by using your fingers.
    4. The benefits of this are that it leaves you with radiant skin and helps tighten pores.

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    Coffee Body Scrub

    This coffee scrub is great for tackling cellulite and giving that bit of radiance to your skin.

    What you’ll need:

    • Approximately 1 cup ground coffee
    • 6 tbsp coconut oil
    • 3 tbsp sea salt or sugar

    How to do it:

    1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
    2. If the coconut oil is solid, melt it in the microwave and then add to the dry mixture.
    3. Mix well, making sure the coconut oil has been distributed equally.
    4. Transfer the contents of the coffee scrub into a waterproof jar or plastic container and store in the bathroom ready to use in the shower.

    Hair Treatment

    Coffee can be used as a great hair care product, it leaves you with a lustrous shine. If you want to know how the magic happens then read below.

    What you’ll need:

    • 1 tbsp ground coffee
    • 1 cup cold water

    How to do it:

    1. As you usually make a cup of coffee. Mix the coffee and cold water together in a mug and massage It into your hair.
    2. Letting set for around 20 to 30 minutes.
    3. Rinse out and you will be left with shinier hair when dry.

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    DIY Bronzer

    Need a bronze look ASAP? Here’s the solution to your crisis.

    What you’ll need:

    • One part ground coffee
    • Two parts olive oil
    • Coconut oil

    How to do it:

    1. Put the olive oil into a glass jar. In a saucepan, warm up an inch of water on a medium heat.
    2. Place the jar of olive oil into the water.
    3. Add the ground coffee into the olive oil. Turn the heat down and let it sit on the low heat for an hour stirring frequently.
    4. Strain the oil using a coffee filter, and then let the infused oil cool.
    5. Mix the olive oil with some cooled down coconut oil to form a lotion consistency. Apply to your skin like you would do with a normal lotion.

    Whether you are an addict or not, you can put coffee to good use. These are DESIblitz’s top coffee hacks wrapped up for hair, skin, and beauty.

    Mariam is an English and Creative Writing undergraduate. She loves all things fashion, beauty, food and fitness. Her motto: “Don’t be the same person you were yesterday, be better.”

    Images courtesy of All About Coffee, L'Oreal Paris and Naked Nature Soap Company


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