Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Espresso Yourself! Coffee+Chocolate Mask

It's getting cold, and that means that I'm craving 1) hot chocolate and 2) steaming cups of joe. But did you know that chocolate, coffee and milk are an excellent combination for a DIY mask? Here's why:

1. Chocolate and coffee contain caffeine, which constricts blood vessels, therefore reducing redness from acne or rosacea.
2. Chocolate and coffee contain antioxidants, which can prevent and even repair sun damage. Fall and winter are the best times to repair sun damage from the summer months.
3. Milk contains protein, fat, and vitamins A and D. All of these ingredients calm down dry, chapped skin.

        Mix 1/2 tsp of coffee, 1/2 tsp of cocoa, and 1 tsp of milk. I used Starbucks french roast, Hershey's cocoa powder, and 2% milk (you can use any kind).You can reduce the lumpyness of the cocoa powder by putting it through a sifter, but you and I know we're too lazy to do all that. ;)

       The mixture will be granular and runny. You can add some honey to bind the mixture a bit better, but I had no problem keeping it on my face.
      Leave the mixture on for 15-20 min, then wash off. It can be a wee bit messy when washing off, so you can just do this before taking a shower. I love how I smelled yummy the whole time!
      I didn't see immediate reduction of redness from this mask, but my skin looked very bright, awake and refreshed. Also from just smelling the chocolate and caffeine, I kind of felt revived. I think this mask is a fun pampering session, especially on a cold and rainy day like it has been here all week. So take it for what its worth, and enjoy this little pick-me-up!


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Ashwini said...

aww thanks, that's so sweet. <3 :)

Carlos Alberto Silva said...

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BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Nice to know they can do more than make me hyper and chubby. Ah ha ha

Uinisan said...

hey girl,
Thanks for following me by just stumbling across my blog ahahahaha... I'm now following you too...and I'm loving what I'm reading here :) It's great to know that chocolate and coffee can be great skincare remedies too heheheh

Gaby Fauchon said...

OMG I will totally try that! It looks yummy! Thanks for sharing! I've tried a coffee scrub, but a mask looks interesting, too.

Maria Confer said...

Sounds wonderful! I think I might be tempted to eat it!! :) You always have the best ideas.

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laura said...

I love this post for the headline alone!! Sounds very tempting. I wonder if Lush have ever done a mask like this - if not you should sell the recipe to them, it's right up their street!

Dreams That Glitter xoxo said...

This is such a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing!


Helen said...

That's such a good idea! I'm totally going to try it!

Carlos Alberto Silva said...

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Marce said...

Hello! Great blog, I love the tips I've found here! This is a really interesting mask, I'd never read about anything similar. Sounds tasty. I'll keep the recipe for next fall, since here it's spring!

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