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COFFEE AND MILK FACE MASK

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Hello friends! You know me, always trying natural beauty treatments. It’s tremendous fun! And I’ve found that natural treatments work far better than any drugstore product. As silly as it may seem ( and look ) this coffee/milk face mask is a treasure!
Most people drink coffee, including myself. Especially mocha frappes. I could get fat off of frappes. 
( In case you missed it: 3 Ingredient Frappe Recipe ). Coffee can be used for more than a tasty delight. There are many varying uses. This simple coffee/milk face mask is my favorite! 
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1 tablespoon of coffee grounds. ( I prefer a course grind )
1 1/2 tablespoons of milk. ( 2% or whole milk works wonderfully. Raw milk is even better! )

APPLICATION: Combine the coffee grounds and milk and mix well. The mixture will be thick but not pasty. If it’s a little hard to work with just add a bit more milk. Let the mixture sit for 3-5 minutes. Gently massage the coffee/milk mixture onto face and let dry. This can be quite messy so make sure you apply over a sink. Leave mask on for 15-20 minutes ( or longer if you prefer )  and then rinse off with cold water, massaging gently to exfoliate any dead skin from  the face.  Your skin will be luminescent and baby soft! As an added bonus, the aroma from this mask is incredibly relaxing. 
Note: You might feel a slight tingling on your face from the this mask, but it should not cause any irritation or discomfort whatsoever. I have never had any kind of a bad reaction from this mask, but please remove right away if you experience any discomfort. Everyone’s skin is different and reacts differently to varying natural ingredients. 
THE BENEFITS
Coffee is packed with antioxidants that help protect your skin and prevent premature signs of aging. Huzzah! These same antioxidants are calming to the skin, making coffee ideal for those with acne prone skin. Coffee, of course, has stimulating properties. When applied to the face it improves blood flow, leaving your skin brighter and more luminescent. 
Milk contains lactic acid and Vitamins A and D. The lactic acid that naturally occurs in milk is a beta hydroxy acid ( Commonly known as salicylic acid. It is a multifunctional ingredient that addresses many of the systemic causes of blemishes ). It gently exfoliates the skin leaving it cashmere soft. Vitamin D is an antioxidant that helps promote skin cell growth. Beta-carotenes and retinol are both derived from vitamin A. They help improve the overall feel and look of skin. 
So there you have it! This coffee face mask is so simple, but tremendously helpful to your skin. When I first tried it I noticed a difference in my skin after the first application. It reduced redness, brightened, and smoothed my skin to that baby soft texture we girls long for.
What natural face masks do you love?

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