All the sleepless nights that I survived when my son was born absolutely transformed my face… and not in a good way. Worry wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, laugh lines—it’s all starting to show. Only in the last few years have I had a regular nighttime beauty regimen, which consists mostly of natural products that I can find in my kitchen, like this homemade blackhead remover, sugar lip scrub and this turmeric face mask.
My favourite natural beauty combination is coffee and coconut oil. Why these ingredients? Coffee is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant that promotes bright and soft skin. The caffeine in the coffee shrinks the blood vessels under the eyes, reducing the dark circles and puffiness. Coconut oil moisturises and deeply penetrates the skin. It’s pure heaven! This DIY project lets you make both a dark circle under eye cream and an exfoliant.
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 2 glass jars with lids
- Slow cooker
- 1 Mason jar
- 1 rubber band
Step 1: Put 1 cup of coconut oil and 1 cup of coffee grounds in a slow cooker.
Step 2: Set it to medium for 6-8 hours. Then let it cool.
Step 3: Overlap cheesecloth on top of itself so it’s 5 layers thick and square. Then use a rubber band to wrap it over a Mason jar. Make sure you create a dip into the cheesecloth so your coffee/coconut oil mixture can fit in it.
Step 4: Scoop your mixture onto the cheesecloth and let it sit there for 30 minutes or so until the oil drips out.
Step 5: Pour your coffee infused coconut oil into a sealable glass jar, then place in the refrigerator until it hardens. This is your eye cream.
Step 6: Take the leftover coffee grounds and place them in a second sealable glass jar. This is your exfoliant.
How to use them:
Coffee eye cream: Before bed, after you wash your face, spread some of the cream under your eyes (or all over your face) with your finger.
Coffee exfoliant: Dip your fingers into the mixture and spread on your face. Message the coffee grounds into your face. If the mixture needs more oil, add little bit of coconut oil or olive oil. Let it sit there for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse off in your kitchen sink. (Note: The coffee grounds may clog your bathroom sink.)
More DIY beauty:
- 3-Ingredient All-Natural DIY Lip Scrub
- 3 Ingredient Turmeric Face Mask
- Easy and Inexpensive DIY Pore Strips
Images: Kelly Ladd Sanchez