DIY Coffee Scrub ++
|Coffee is the sexiest way to sexiness!|
I first heard about coffee's slimming effect on an episode of Ellen. Ellen's such a great fun and informative show! Many episodes after, I scratched the itch and tried it out for myself. I have been drinking coffee everyday at the office anyway so I figured I should make the most of my Sagada coffee grounds. Lo and behold, it's one of my best impulsive decisions ever made!
THINGS YOU'LL NEED:
- coffee grounds (used or not. better if fresh coffee grounds because the caffeine is stronger compared to scrubbing with used ones... but let's not be overly wasteful so yeah, changed my mind, I'm recommending used)
- moisturizing soap/body wash (I used Human Heart Nature's Egg White and Mandarin Moisturizing Shampoo and Body Wash)
- hair mask (my recommendations are here)
- firming body lotion (I recommend what I used, of course: Nivea Q-10 firming lotion)
This is how you do it (my coffee scrubbing session suggestion):
After shampooing and rinsing your body of dirt and grime using a gentle soap (try Dove, Nivea Honey or Johnsons Body Milk wash), leave an intensive hair mask on your crown. I'm a multi-tasker and I think it is but a great idea to replenish the hair of it's health as the body is pampered.
Scoop a spoonful of your coffee grounds and start scrubbing on your thighs--a usual and most common problem area especially for ladies. Scrub in circular motion, making sure that you exfoliate and sexify your thighs, buns, glutes and legs evenly. After your legs, proceed with your upper body, starting of with the belly, focusing on your lower and side abdomen.
Of course for each person, the problem area would vary however, since the scrubbing process is also a massaging moment, might as well follow a swedish (massage) approach to it.
Don't forget to work on your arms as well. Though nothing will beat anaerobic workout (weight lifting and/or strength exercises) in firming up those arms, pampering your tired hardworking arms with your homemade coffee scrub would improve blood circulation on the area thus give your strong arms a more radiant glow.
Rinse once you've had enough (of the scrubbing and/or the aroma). Rinse with just water, first. After you rid your body of coffee grounds, use a moisturizing soap to cleanse your body of any coffee stains. I would like to emphasize the word moisturizing because the skin was exfoliated. It is a must to replenish the moisture the skin lost during exfoliation to ensure that the baby soft skin you end up having is healthy and taken cared of.
This is optional but I also used a milk salt on my underarms and inner thighs. Basically tonight, I sleep as a cappuccino. :)
I felt like a little girl as I fooled around in the shower like that. Coffee grounds are not water soluble so imagine the mess--especially because I wasn't in a tub. However the aroma and the thought of lessening the chicken skin on my skin was far too enticing. It was like I was in a giggly trance. I scrubi-dub-dubbed like I never did before. Oh golly wow, when I rinsed the coffee off, I realized the (vain) meaning of heaven on earth.
Since a coffee scrub has slimming effects, I used my favorite (almost permanent) firming lotion generously tonight.
|No lies! Noticeably firmer skin in two weeks. :)|
|I love eyeliners and heavy waterproof mascaras so I prefer using a cleanser that specifically targets my cleansing needs.|
|I have been using Ponds Pure White Deep Cleansing Foam for quite a while now. I like it better than their basic facial wash because it does a more thorough cleanse.|
|Finally, I use Human Heart Nature's Choco-Vanilla Lip Balm so my lips are also moisturized while I sleep. Yum!|
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