Alright, alright…calling this one a rugby mask is me trying to give this coffee cocoa facial mask a more manly connotation. But at the end of the day, you just look like a muddy rugby player who had a demanding match out on the field. Either way, even when you follow your skincare routine religiously, you still want to inject some life into a dull, tired complexion after a hard week of work or a late night out. For several years now, the cosmetics industry uses caffeine as an active ingredient in skincare products due to its tightening and brightening effects. Thus, this facial mask is a must for all coffee addicts among us.
The best part of this facial mask is that you should have all ingredients readily available in your kitchen:
- 4 Tbsp. of finely ground coffee
- 4 Tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder (I grinded some cocoa nibs)
- 2 Tbsp. of dairy product i.e. whole milk or unflavored yogurt. If the mask turns out to be too thick, use more to adjust the mask’s consistency (I like it rather thick)
- 2 Tbsp. honey (if you have dry skin), lemon juice (if you have oily skin), or oil for dehydrated skin
Preparing this mask couldn’t be easier. Simply mix the coffee and the cocoa powder in a bowl. Then add the dairy product and stir until it forms into a smooth paste. Stir in the honey, lemon juice or oil and let the mask rest for a few minutes.
Use this time to cleanse and prep your face. Then apply the paste to your clean face and neck and let the mask dry. Coffee lovers will appreciate the awesome scent in the bathroom 😉
Once the mask has dried, rinse your face with warm water. For extra exfoliation, massage your face in circular motions to give your face a good scrub while washing the mask off. That’s it. If you have paste left over, you can store it in the refrigerator for several days.
Coffee is a great ingredient to educe inflammation and redness as well as the appearance of dark under eye circles. Using coffee as a facial scrub, it removes dead skin cells and refreshes a tired complexion. Cocoa Powder is a source of antioxidants and protects your skin from free radicals. Furthermore, its high levels of sulfur help you fight acne. Amino acids in dairy products keep your skin hydrated, while lemon juice contains natural vitamin C to brighten your skin and regulates your oil production. Honey on the other hand is a great way to lock in moisture.
I hope you do enjoy this mask. Let me know how messy your bathroom looked afterwards 😉