Thursday, September 13, 2012

Recycle Coffee Grounds from your K-Cups

If you are a tried and true coffee lover who is looking to beautify your appearance, then the great news for you is the fact that coffee has beneficial properties that not only affect your health and wellness, but your appearance too! In the past several years, there have been hundreds of products on the market that contain caffeine to work to heal and restore your complexion. Coffee was actually in question several years ago by the FDA because studies were unsure whether or not it was good for you. There were several negative studies released, though they were later found to be incorrect because the coffee drinkers within the tests were also smokers, so the findings were inaccurate.
The good news for you to know about coffee relating to your skin care is that caffeine is a vasodilator which works to firm and tighten your complexion. Coffee is also naturally full of antioxidants, and I am sure that you have seen numerous skin care products on the market that are focusing on using antioxidants to heal and restore damage to your face. It has been said in the past that drinking too much caffeine will affect your skin negatively because it is a diuretic, so it will draw necessary moisture from your complexion. However, if you do drink coffee in moderation, then you will be enjoying numerous antioxidants that will work to fight free radicals in your cells and counteract the appearance of damage to your face.
Caffeine is also currently being used in skin creams and lotions because, as I mentioned earlier, it is a vasodilator, which means that it constricts blood cells. The benefit of caffeine for your skin is that it will firstly work to reduce redness. Secondly, it will firm and tighten surface of your skin through constriction, so many companies are using this ingredient to reduce the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee when used in skin care works to dehydrate fatty cells so that water will disappear from the surface of your skin. This means that the appearance of cellulite is minimized, and your skin begins to look smoother overall.
Another popular use for caffeine in beauty products is within eye creams because that is an area that needs smoothing and firming for dramatic results. Using caffeine in this delicate area can easily tighten fine lines and smooth puffy surfaces. I am sure that if you look in your local beauty or skin care aisle, you will notice numerous high quality products that utilize coffee as an ingredient. The bonus to this is that your products will also smell delicious and be a pleasure to use. The benefit to your skin is that it will be absorbing caffeine to tighten and firm your appearance. There are even new studies showing that coffee inhibits the growth of skin cancer cells, so the benefits of using beauty products and skin care products that contain coffee and caffeine are numerous. Now you can not only enjoy drinking your cup of Joe, but you can use it for a flawless appearance as well!
credits to Chuggin McCoffee Hubspot

Quick Coffee Cellulite Scrub
1 TBSP Olive Oil EVOO
Contents of 1 K-Cup any caffeinated flavor
Mix well and while in shower slather over entire body, paying attention to problem areas.  If you want a little extra exfoliation use 2 tsp cane sugar.

Have a Yummy Day Y'all!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Benefits of Pumpkin in Skincare

As the leaves start to turn, the air has a touch of crisp, cool bluster;  we begin to adjust to the fall elements. Important changes include skincare products, wardrobe, hairstyles and accessories! Personally, my hair color usually follows the season.  Bright baby blonde's for summer and caramel highlights for fall.  The necklace turns to scarves (which I adore), the lighter moisturizing facial cream becomes heavier due to the cold, dry air. Several years ago while doing research, I learned that Pumpkin is not only wonderful in a pie, but is amazing for the skin.  Granted eating pie will make you happy, the pumpkin seeds are highly nutritious as well! Make a very healthy snack or salad topping. We are currently working on some new pumpkin products for our Yummy line, but in the mean time here are some interesting facts about pumpkin we thought you might like to know.

Pumpkin is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals. Pumpkin facial masks, moisturizers and peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of these nutrients.

Skin care products containing pumpkin such as exfoliators and moisturizers can be used on all skin types to help remove old surface skin cells and promote new cell production. Pumpkin contains natural enzymes that help to dissolve dry skin cells. Due to the high enzyme content, pumpkin foot care products are also very effective for hydrating, soothing and softening dry, cracked hands and feet.

If you suffer from acne, blemishes or frequent breakouts, your skin could benefit from pumpkin anti-acne products. Pumpkin contains the acne fighting vitamin E. Pumpkin skin toners, peels and anti-acne masks promote healthier skin by fighting inflammation, reducing pore size, controlling excess oil and preventing the appearance of pimples, blackheads and blemishes.

At home pumpkin lip scrub...

1 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree
1 Tsp Cane Sugar
Mix well.
Apply small amount to lips and gently rub together for exfoliation!

Have a Yummy day!