You’re probably wondering why I wrote a post on coffee when I already told the world how I can’t drink it. Well thankfully for my boyfriend, he is not plagued in the same way I am with caffeine. Each morning he gets to enjoy his freshly pressed coffee while I’m tortured by the delicious aroma taking over our kitchen. Although super jealous, I’ve taken my bitter frown and turned it upside down!
Since I genuinely enjoy the smell and taste of coffee, I couldn’t help but keep it in my life. It’s not fair these delicious grounds only receive attention for about 4 minutes before they meet their end. They deserve more, especially when you’re drinking Atlas Coffee Club’s coffee! In attempt to avoid waste, I incorporated coffee grounds into my weekly exfoliation routine.
Coffee grounds are a fantastic, natural exfoliator for your skin. The ground’s coarse texture helps remove dead skin cells as you gently massage them into your skin. Not only do coffee grounds give your skin a fantastic smooth finish, they provide a rich aroma to excite your senses. Since I’m unable to enjoy the real thing, this exfoliator lets me have my morning joe without all the headaches.
What to Do:
Take advantage of your used coffee grounds by simply removing them from your brewing system (I recommend a french press) and letting them cool for a couple minutes. Place cooled grounds onto a paper towel and shift around to absorb some of the moisture. Collect grounds and place them into a small mason jar. Add 1 tsp coconut oil and mix thoroughly until the coconut oil fully melts into the grounds. Coconut oil is a great moisturizer, rich in antioxidants, and is great for skin restoration. Once combined, seal container and use for exfoliation for up to 2 weeks.
Tips for Exfoliating:
- As with any exfoliation treatment, use gentle, circular movements to avoid damaging your skin.
- I prefer to exfoliate prior to washing my face so I can wash away any remaining dead skin cells and residue.
- I try to only exfoliate 1-2 times a week to give my skin a chance to recover.
- Coconut oil is optional and can be substituted with Vitamin E oil to achieve similar benefits.
Some fun stuff about coffee:
My favorite roast of coffee is a nice bold dark roast. I love the rich flavor and finish a quality dark roast provides. As mentioned, we prefer our coffee from Atlas Coffee Club because it gets conveniently delivered to our doorstep and makes it easy to discover new blends and roasts. Adam’s favorite is the Midnight Blend and it pairs well with a nice dark chocolate; definitely save this treat for an evening brew.
My preferred brewing method is a french press, I recommend Bodum. A french press effectively extracts a coffee’s oils and produces a tasty cup of coffee. To learn how to use a french press, click here!