You know it, you love it, you’ve probably even read about some of the benefits of putting it on your skin. If, however, you’ve managed to remain unaware of its magical properties because you live under a rock, crawl out, open your peepers, and take this all in.
- Caffeine, in addition to picking you up when you’re down, is a natural antioxidant. This means it packs a whopping cancer-fighting punch directly to your skin, fighting free-radicals and damage that reflect as age spots and wrinkles. Caffeine is also a vasodilator, constricting blood vessels which firms skin and aids in improved skin texture.
BONUS! Dark circles under your eyes? It will help diminish the appearance of those, too.
- This one is really obvious, but exfoliation. As a mechanical exfoliant (opposed to a chemical one), coffee will improve circulation, remove residual dirt and dead skin, and allow you to absorb more moisture. You can also expect the general act of exfoliating to help release toxins and speed up healing, yay!
- Aromatherapy. A happy little perk of coffee is the smell. It’s been noted to help clear the mind, combat depression, and rid feelings of nausea. So breathe deeply, savor it, and know that it’s not just working on the outside.
But if you’re still not sold on slathering what was once a morning cup ‘o Joe on your precious epidermis, allow me to direct you to California Scrub Co.
My latest obsession, Cali Scrubs, hits all the notes I’m looking for in, well, everything.
Not only are their scrubs organic and upcycled, they’re sustanably made in small batches in sunny, quirky Venice, CA.
Let’s run through that again.
They “upcycle [their] coffee grounds, creating less waste, use glass jars to encourage the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mindset, and use 100% recycled paper for all of [their] labels and materials”. They’re in the business of making “truly organic products with simple ingredients from Mama Earth”.
They’re also working to Beat The Microbead, which, if you don’t already know, is basically really bad.
Infused with essential oil combos like lavender and ylang-ylang (PSA: pronounced like eee-long eee-long), cinnamon, vanilla, and clove, and vetiver, cedarwood, and clove, there’s something for everyone. Each scent is marinated in jojoba oil, a liquid wax extracted from the nuts of a bush that grows in the southwest, and an oil that’s the closest resemblance to human sebum (that’s a gross word).
This should excite you, no matter who you are.
Dry skin? Jojoba oil will act as the lubrication your skin isn’t making enough of, moisturizing and banishing any tightness or flakiness. But you have oily skin, you say? Don’t stress. Jojoba’s got you. It’s been proven to curb excessive oiliness and stop many of the associated issues (oily hair, shininess, blemishes). Not to mention it’s the Cadillac of deep cleaners, penetrating deep into your pores with its antibacterial properties, leaving you soft, toned, and acne free, yippee.
Basically, why are you not rubbing coffee and jojoba oil head to toe right now as you’re reading this?