Last night I was flipping through the September issue of Glamour magazine. I borrowed it from the gym. I feel okay about borrowing magazines from the gym because I always bring them back and if I happen to have some old magazines I bring those back with the original ones I borrowed. It’s kind of like the library but without the official “check-it out” thing. Can you tell I feel kind of bad about this because here this is the 4th sentence about it.
Hey, I bring ‘em back!
Back to the story. So, last night I was flipping through the magazine and saw this little tip that said, “… try waking up your face with a scrub of your just used coffee grounds. It’s like beauty recycling!”
It always seems like a waste to just throw away those grounds. It’s like, surely there MUST be something to do with them! Turns out there is A LOT that can be done with them AND caffeine is good for the skin too!
There used to be a lady on my bus that convinced Starbucks to give her all of their grounds from the days brewing (that’s a ton). She picked them up at the end of the day, toting them home with her to be used later on in her garden (apparently they’re good for composting and fertilizer too). The grounds were transported in doubled-up brown paper bags. Paper bags are good, but not when wet things are involved. So, the grounds would leak their remaining moistness onto the floor of the bus. The trail of coffee juice moved as the bus moved, wiggled as the bus wiggled, and it touched peoples shoes.
Crazy stuff always happens on the bus. Didn’t you know!?
This morning I decided I was going to utilize the magazine tip, and into action it went.
How To Make a Coffee-Ground Exfoliator…
1. Brew up the coffee, and then drink it. Easy, right.
2. Drain the remaining liquid out of the grounds as best as possible, and scoop them into a bowl.
3. Go somewhere that you can make a mess.
4. Spread it all over your face (avoiding your eye area). Keep spreading it around because that’s the grounds doing their exfoliating thing. Don’t press too hard. Be sure to use gentle movements.
5. This is when it started to itch… so don’t leave it on too long. Rinse it off with warm water.
6. Fresh faced, and ignoring the mess in the bathroom.
It seems to have worked really well, and I feel good about making use of something I would have otherwise tossed. Next time though, I will probably do this while taking a shower because it’s VERY messy, and the little coffee bits get everywhere. Also, it would be good to have a thorough rinse after because I’ve been getting whiffs of myself all day long, and I smell like an elderly coffee lovers mouth.
My perfume of the day is Coffee Breath.
Have you found a new use for something that many people toss? Have you ever used coffee grounds as an exfloiator? If so, do you have any tips for me for next time?