A Beautiful Bean

Written by Lori Thiessen

In my blog entry entitled “Grounds to Garbage? – No Way!”, I mentioned used coffee grounds as a homemade facial mask. Coffee is now showing up in many commercially made cosmetics. Elle Canada Magazine (Fall 2008, p190-192) has a feature on the benefits of using caffeine topically.

Coffee has been used as a body scrub in Indonesia because not only are the grounds great at getting rid of layers of dead skin, but coffee is a heavy-duty anti-oxidant. If you want to keep your skin looking youthful and glowing, look for products that have the un-roasted coffee bean (or berry) as part of the ingredient list. The humble coffee berry is a more powerful free radical fighter than green tea.

The diuretic effect of coffee is not only limited when being imbibed, but it also works when applied to the skin. Basically, the coffee draws moisture out of the lower skin layers so that wrinkles, etc are temporarily plumped out; emphasis on temporarily.

With so many cosmetic companies getting on the coffee kick, Starbucks may be looking into setting up their own cosmetics counter in store to help some of their 12,000 workers recently laid off to have paid employment again.

Q: Have you ever used coffee-based cosmetics? If so, which ones and did you like them?

Until Next Time,

May your coffee always be freshly brewed!

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