AUGUST 2011: PAMPER THYSELF
While we all love to be bronzed and beautiful in the summer, all that time in the hot summer sun can leave you and your skin looking exhausted. Months of extra sunscreen application, while extremely important for blocking harmful UV rays, can wreak havoc on your skin. So give yourself a little extra TLC this month with an energizing dose of coffee. Yes, coffee! Coffee is not only a perfect morning pick-me-up beverage, but it can also be a great morning pick-me-up for your skin. A recent study from the University of Tennessee found that topically applied caffeine reduces inflammation of the skin. Coffee grounds act as a natural exfoliant, removing dead cells and revealing fresh and healthy skin. Research also suggests that caffeinated substances such as coffee can help repair cellulite damage. Caffeine reduces the puffiness associated with cellulite by moving fluid quickly throughout the body and also tightens up blood vessels, so skin looks smoother and sleeker. Start your morning off right – with some coffee in the shower!
NLT:Don’t throw away leftover coffee grounds – use them to make your own coffee body scrub. After you’ve had your morning cup, mix 3 tablespoons of the used coffee grounds, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. Apply while taking a hot shower. Lather, rinse, dry and voila – a caffeinated way to healthy, smooth, beautiful skin! Looking for more do-it-yourself ways to maintain that healthy glow? Check out more skin care recipes on our website. We love this Carotenoid Protective Mask, as it helps protect against sun damage for firmer, healthier skin. http://www.nutritiouslife.com/carotenoid-protective-mask/