Making the most of your organic cold brew
I love to recycle and repurpose, to squeeze every bit of life out of a thing before I toss it into the bin, particularly when it comes to food. When I cook, I save my celery tops and carrot ends for broth, rinse off those squash seeds to roast up as a snack and turn my apple pie peelings into crisps. So when I made my first batch of cold brew coffee, there was no way I was going to just throw away such wonderful wet coffee grounds. That was when I discovered the benefits of coffee for skin health!
Used coffee grounds still have slight acidity and caffeine content, which, when applied to the skin, can both brighten and tighten. The caffeine causes the surface blood vessels to constrict, reducing under-eye shadows and improving circulation. The acidity (pH) of coffee is very similar to the ideal skin pH level of 5.5, thus helping our body create an antimicrobial barrier while also encouraging moisture retention and reducing fine lines. I really appreciate used cold brew grounds for skin products, because the rough, large grind size is great to make scrubs while fine silt (often seen after your cold brew sits in the fridge a couple of days) is perfect for masks. So get the most out of your next cold brew coffee with these DIY skin recipes!
Simple Coffee Scrub
½ cup used DOMA cold brew coffee grounds
½ cup organic sugar or Himalayan pink salt
¼ cup organic oil (I recommend coconut or olive oil)
Optional ingredients (choose one)
1tsp vanilla essence for aromatherapy
1tsp cinnamon for acne
1tbls yogurt for fine lines and dry skin
Blend all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Try making it your own by experimenting with additional oils and ingredients!
¼ cup of DOMA cold brew coffee sludge
1tbls cocoa powder
1-3tsp milk or plain yogurt
Blend all ingredients together. Gently smooth onto your face, paying particular attention to under the eye. Leave on the skin between 5 and 15 minutes and wash off with warm water. Store any left over in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.