DIY Chocolate-Coffee Face Mask

Today’s post is something quick and simple for when you feel like pampering yourself. As the weather starts to get cold, I’m hoping this easy little DIY will keep dry and flaky skin at bay. The best part? I’m 99% sure you’ll already have everything you need in your kitchen. 
What you’ll need
1 teaspoon honey (raw is best, but any kind will work) 
1 rounded teaspoon finely ground coffee (the larger the grounds, the rougher the mask will be, so adjust for your skin type)
1 rounded teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon oil of your choice (I use coconut oil, but you could also use olive or avocado oil… I’d stay away from vegetable oil)


DIY face-scrub/mask recipes are a dime a dozen, so I thought it would be fun to whip up one of my own! I had all of these things on-hand, and have read about the benefits of each (plus, who doesn’t want a face mask that smells like dessert?)Here’s why I chose these ingredients:
Honey – natural anti-microbial properties, promotes healing
Coffee – caffeine which tightens skin, antioxidant properties
Chocolate (cocoa powder) – antioxidant properties (and smells amazing!)
Oil – hydration (hydrated skin is happy skin!)

Step 1. Combine all ingredients in a small microwave-safe bowl.
Step 2. Microwave on high for 10-15 seconds (I needed to do this to soften the oil and honey types I used, but warming the concoction will also help open your pores for maximum mask efficacy!) Stir well to combine.

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Step 4: Apply to a clean face, to your desired thickness. Rub gently as you’re applying to reap the benefits of the coffee exfoliation.
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Step 5: Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Depending on the type of oil you used, you’re good to go! (Coconut oil is a great, natural moisturizer.) I ended up washing my face again after this step, before applying makeup.My skin felt fresh and a little tingly! Yay caffeine!Enjoy!

-Kaitlin

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