Our Favorite Home Made Face Mask: Avocado and Coffee
If you’re like me, than you aren’t blessed with either (1) flawless, movie star quality skin, or (2) a live in dermatologist to immediately tend to any and all blemishes. It’s hard lot in life, but we must do what we can! That’s why I’m so thrilled to share my newest stroke of brilliance: a super moisturizing face scrub/mask! I’ve always wanted to try DIY skin care, and finally did last weekend, after learning that topical application of coffee was proven to reduce wrinkling and keep skin supple. At 21, I’m not exactly facing crypt-keeper crows feet, but everyone likes to feel moisturized! I spent the weekend testing formulas, and ended up with an amazing formula!
To make: Mix one small mashed avocado with a tablespoon of ground coffee. Mash well, until smooth.
To use: Apply the mask evenly to your clean (makeup free) face. Allow it about 30 minutes, until it starts to feel dry to your finger tips. Wash off into a kitchen sink with garbage disposal, or into a bowl that can be dumped into the yard. We don’t want to clog any drains and cost a fortune in plumbing bills! Rinse off entirely with warm water. Wash your face with your normal soap (I use the Clinique mild bar) and moisturize with an oil-free facial lotion.
After washing off, my combination oily skin felt buttery smooth. Sometimes, I find that a new soap can cause patchy dryness–not the case! By washing with your normal soap, you remove whatever is left on the surface. In that half hour, your pores have absorbed all the delicious nutrients and fat! Moisturizing is key, because coffee is very acidic. It’s combated some by the fatty avocado, but that’s no excuse to skip moisture!
My skin actually felt so clean the next morning that, for once, I didn’t wash my face! I felt I had a good thing going, and didn’t want to tempt fate! I wouldn’t use the face mask more than once a week though. As always, don’t take this as professional medical advice! Enjoy the light scrub of the coffee grounds and the cake like smell it produces. I wouldn’t eat it though! What are your skin secrets? Do you have any face mask DIY recipes to share?