WHY CAFFEINE IN SKIN CARE?

Coffee and green tea both contain caffeine which can help stimulate the skin. They also contain antioxidants which can help protect the skin and slow ageing. I originally created a coffee serum for under eye treatment. Primarily, to combat puffiness and dark circles. However, I loved the results of the coffee eye serum so much that I began using it as a full facial serum. This facial serum helps fight acne, discoloration, puffiness and makes my skin nice and smooth.

THE BENEFITS

Not only is caffeine helpful at stimulating the skin by increasing blood flow, it can also help with discoloration. Green tea contains vitamin K which can help with dark circles. If you have sensitive or fair skin, or suffer from allergies, you may be more prone to dark circles under the eyes. Thankfully there are natural solutions, such as a coffee serum.

Green tea has anti-inflammatory elements which can be very helpful with eye puffiness. Green tea also contains polyphenols (catechins) which have therapeutic effects. Catechins are anti-bacterial agents that suppress acne-causing bacteria. Coffee can also reduce inflammation and redness. The two ingredients together can give some amazing results. Try the serum for yourself.


INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon ground coffee
1 tablespoon loose green tea
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon almond oil


DIRECTIONS

Heat the above ingredients on very low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir the mixture frequently. Remove from heat and let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you want your mixture. Strain by using a coffee filter and letting the oil slowly drip through into a separate container (a tall glass works well). The oil takes several minutes to go through the coffee filter because it is so thick. But this is the best way I have found to strain the mixture well.

THE ESSENTIAL OILS

10 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops chamomile essential oil

DIRECTIONS CONTINUED…

Add the above essential oils to the strained oil mixture. Lemon is great for brightening the skin. Chamomile calms the skin and can help with breakouts. These two essential oils together are my favorite blend for the coffee serum. Transfer into a 2 ounce glass dropper bottle or two 1 oz glass dropper bottles.

 

HOW TO USE

Every evening put about a half dropper amount into the palm of your hands. Rub your hands together and apply evenly all over your face and decollete area.


MAKE A COFFEE EYE CREAM

You can use the coffee facial serum as an eye serum. However, I found that having a thicker eye cream is more beneficial. It is so easy to make. Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of the coffee facial serum
1 teaspoon of beeswax

DIRECTIONS

Heat on very low heat until completely melted. Pour into little containers. Let cool for several hours or let sit overnight.

HOW TO USE

Apply the coffee eye cream every evening before bed. Pay special attention to the under eye area and outside corners. Apply gently.

Enjoy!

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MOTHER DAUGHTER SPA DAY – DIY FACE MASKS

One of the greatest blessings in my life is the opportunity to be a mother to my children. My youngest daughter and I really have a lot in common when it comes to seeing beauty in the world. She loves to play dress up and try new things. When she sees me wearing facial masks she wants to try one too. This Mother’s Day I thought it would be a wonderful treat for us to have a spa day together and let her try out her own face mask.

There are not a ton of face mask recipes out there for children and teens. I definitely did not want my young daughter using one of mine since they can be too strong for her young skin. I want her face mask to be moisturizing and nourishing.

This is a great face mask that can work for ALL AGES. It is extremely moisturizing and gentle so works great for dry or dehydrated skin and also can help relieve eczema.

CHILD’S MOISTURIZING MASK
INGREDIENTS:

1 TABLESPOON RAW ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
1 TABLESPOON HONEY
1 TABLESPOON OAT FLOUR

Combine all ingredients. Apply gently to your child’s skin or if they are older they can do it themselves. Leave on about 3-5 Minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

I really wanted to treat blackheads with my face mask for our spa day, so I used the Activated Charcoal Mask, which you can find at this LINK.

I hope you enjoy your spa day with your children!

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DIY SOOTHING FOOT CREAM ~ LEMON-PEPPERMINT

I like to keep my feet soft all year round so I began using different foot creams. This recipe is actually a body butter recipe that I have turned into a foot cream because I loved the ingredients. The essential oils in it provide a bit of a cooling effect and can also help smooth out calluses. I only use this foot cream AT NIGHT after I am in bed, because it can be a bit greasy.

In the morning your feet will be nice and soft. Here is a quick video for those of you who are more of a visual type learner, like myself.

SOOTHING FOOT CREAM INGREDIENTS:
1/4 Cup Shea Butter
1/2 Cup Grapeseed Oil
1/4 Cup Almond Oil
2 Tablespoon Beeswax
1 Tablespoon Glycerin
1/4 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
12 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 Lemon Essential Oil
8 drops tea tree Essential Oil

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

First combine the Shea butter with the beeswax and melt on low. Remove from heat and add all other ingredients except xanthan gum and essential oils. Stir together and then add in the xanthan gum and essential oils. Whip together with an electric mixer removing as many lumps as possible. The mixture should be a pretty, creamy, light yellow color. Pour into desired container and let cool for at least four hours. I like to let mine sit overnight. Do not seal your container until it has completely cooled.

This is a natural product so it may begin to separate after several weeks. So use it up! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

 

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MY FAVORITE TABLE WINES ~ RED WINE IS GOOD FOR YOU

Since my early 30s, I have preferred a glass of red wine over any other adult drink. Many of my clients have asked which wines I prefer and why. Below are a few of my favorite table wines. I prefer dry reds (Cabernet and Merlot blends are my favorite) and primarily I choose organic. There is debate from many wine connoisseurs that it is unnecessary that the wines be organic because the grapes are sprayed before they start growing. However, from what I have researched, I feel that organic wine is a better choice. There is still a remaining chemical residue on the grapes and stems, no matter when the vineyard is sprayed.  These chemicals can have unknown long-term effects on our bodies. 

REGULAR V. ORGANIC

Regular wine vineyards may use chemicals like herbicides and fungicides in their vineyards and other additives, like sulfur or mega purple. The most common wine preservative is sulphur dioxide (also known as sulphites), which is allowed in many wines, even organic wines in some countries. Thankfully, added sulphites are not allowed in certified organic wines in the United States. 

Wines (both regular and organic) that do not have added sulphites are more rare because of their shortened shelf-life. This makes label reading especially important with your wines. Make sure your wines are certified organic or if nothing else at least made with organic grapes. No one should have to drink chemical residue in their wine. It should be pure and delicious. 

GOOD NEWS!

Studies have shown that red wine, in moderation, can be good for your health. Red wine has many antioxidants that can be beneficial for the body.  Wine can also help reduce stress and even reduce cholesterol. As with anything, moderation is key. So enjoy a glass of wine, it is good for you!

HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE WINES (under $20 a bottle):

Frey Vineyards – Cabernet Sauvignon (Organic)
Bonterra – Merlot
Our Daily Red – Red Blend (Organic)

If you are a bargain shopper, like me, there is always Pure Red, Badger Mountain boxed wine, which is four bottles per box (for about $20). It has a nice mild fruity taste and is priced right.

All suggested wines are made with organic grapes. Frey, in my opinion, is the smoothest, best dinner wine. I hope you try one tonight!

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