A popular coffee shop drink — a latte, particularly during the months when the weather is cooler. This indulgent and velvety beverage is typically made using espresso or chai tea as the base, along with milk. However, additional components, such as cinnamon, may also be included. Because these delectable components are so densely packed with nutrients, they are ideal for use in the creation of do-it-yourself beauty treatments that are inspired by various spa treatments. The following are five revitalizing recipes that will certainly leave you looking stunning in a matter of minutes.
Nix crow’s-feet with a milk compress.
The creamy fats in whole milk plump the skin to “fill in” wrinkles, while the lactic acid in the milk gently exfoliates, resulting in an appearance that is both smoother and more youthful in an instant. Extra benefit: the coolness of the milk immediately lowers any puffiness that may be present under the eyes.
Try it: Soak two cotton rounds in whole milk and place over closed eyelids for 10 minutes, then remove and rinse.
Volumize lips with a cinnamon balm.
Cinnamon increases blood flow, which can help “swell” your lips, and its cinnamaldehyde encourages the formation of collagen, which can permanently fill up your pout. In addition, combining it with moisturizing olive oil helps to seal in the moisture, which results in fuller lips.
Try it: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Apply to lips and let sit for 2 minutes, then rinse.
Reverse hair thinning with a coffee rinse.
The one-of-a-kind ingredients in the beverage strengthen hair follicles at the root, which in turn helps to minimize hair loss. In addition, massaging the rinse into the scalp (which helps boost circulation) is an effective way to stimulate new hair development.
Try it: Pour one cup of cool, brewed coffee onto damp hair, rub onto the scalp for one minute and rinse after 15 minutes.
Soften rough patches with a chai tea scrub.
The coarse texture of dried chai tea leaves and the exfoliating ingredients found in its spices work in tandem to remove dull, lifeless skin cells in a non-irritating manner. The combination of brown sugar, which scrubs the skin, and grapeseed oil, which hydrates the skin, speeds up the results, and leaves the skin soft and smooth.
Try it: Combine the contents of 3 chai tea bags, ½ cup of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil. Rub onto damp skin in circular motions for one minute before rinsing.
Slim a puffy face with an espresso rub
Espresso’s potent dose of diuretic caffeine helps expel bloat-causing fluids in the face and neck.
Try it: Mix ½ tablespoon of ground espresso and one tablespoon of coconut oil (it moisturizes), rub onto the skin in upward motions, starting from the neck to the chin, then massage all over the face to the forehead; rinse.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.