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DIY face masks and face/body scrubs have got to be some of the easiest skin care products to make at home! I’m actually offended when I see commercial face masks just because of how easy it is to make one at my house. Seriously, it’s sooo easy. It’s only 3 ingredients, unless you want to get fancy. It’s also so, so, so, good for your skin and body, you just can’t go wrong with this recipe.
What You Need
A base- I’ve used coconut oil, which is amazing for your skin, and I’ve also used olive oil. You can use pretty much any carrier oil for the base just depending on what you are trying to achieve.
Ground coffee- You can use the coffee grounds from your last freshly brewed cup (you know: reuse, reduce, recycle!) or unused grounds.
Sugar- Any granulated sugar will do.
Pour a spoon full of coffee, and a spoon full of sugar into your container, then add your base until all the coffee and sugar are saturated. Voila! Your done. It took me longer to write this post than it will for you to make the mask/scrub.
How to use
I use this as both a mask and a scrub. To use as a mask, take some product and apply to your skin, let sit for about 10-15 minutes, and wash off. To use as a scrub, apply some product to skin and gently exfoliate skin in circular motions. Our you can do both!
Add lemon juice to help brighten dark or uneven areas. You can also add essential oils that are good for your skin, such as, tea tree oil or geranium oil.
Important note about Storage
When it comes to DIY beauty, I am a bit overly caution, especially since these products do not have preservatives which protect us from fungus and unwanted bacteria. With that said, I LOVE homemade, diy skincare products because they are fresh, have simple ingredients, and are so, so, so good for you! All you have to do is follow simple safety instructions and you will be good to go!
Now that I’ve premised this, I would not recommend storing this in your bathroom. As a matter of face, just keep away from water all together to avoid the potential of bacteria and fungus ( Learn more about safety from Thank Your Body’s Six Tips for Safer Homemade Beauty Products).
The best place to store DIY beauty that has real food in it (i.e coffee, lemon juice, etc) is in your refrigerator. It will keep it fresh and cold, which adds a nice touch to the mask/scrub. Plus it is the safest bet! Better safe than sorry.
The Bottom Line
Your body will thank you for taking 2 minutes to create this small patch of heaven. It will likely last you 2-3 weeks if you use it sparingly, and the best part, you can make it again in another 2 minutes! And lastly, is it obvious that this will cost you nothing? Because that’s the real winner in my book!