There are a lot of recipes for DIY beautification on the world-wide web. I’m sorry to say that most of them are completely worthless; a mix of superstition and pseudo-science. The same goes for the majority of commercial products. Very few of them have scientifically proven effects. Therefore, you might as well minimize the number of products you use – it’s better for your bathroom cupboard, your wallet, your skin and the environment. Please read this post on minimalist beauty.
If you enjoy mashing avocados, colloidal oats and donkey’s milk into some kind of face-porridge – by all means, go ahead. Anything that makes you feel pampered and increases your sense of well-being is obviously fine and dandy. But it probably won’t do anything to improve your skin. If you prefer something that actually has an immediate and lasting effect, do try this very cheap and simple face scrub:
- Grind a couple of teaspoons of ground coffee in a mortar as finely as you can.
- Add a tablespoon or so of honey.
- Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for a bit.
- Give yourself a gentle scrub and rinse it off.
- Massage some oil into your face while still moist.
- Enjoy an instant glow and notably clearer skin for several days.
- Compare the cost of this with the cost of buying a face mask and rejoice.
I admittedly have no other proof of the efficiency of this DIY-option than people going “Wow, you look fantastic, did you do something?”. I also experience a constant and slightly disturbing need to touch my face and feel its smoothness for a few days after the treatment. The instant glow is most likely thanks to that the caffeine, together with a good scrub, increases the blood flow. Honey is well-known for its wound-healing, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, but whether or not it has any real effect on the skin using this particular method, I can’t say. It does make the ground coffee stick to the face.