Monday,24 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1296, (19 - 25 May 2016)
Monday,24 September, 2018
Issue 1296, (19 - 25 May 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Beauty secrets of coffee

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

With the swimsuit season in full swing, many women think it’s the best time to start working on reducing cellulite and creating a more toned and taut appearance. According to the US Mayo Clinic, 80 per cent of women have cellulite.

Caused by heredity, hormonal changes, poor circulation or an accumulation of toxins, the cottage cheese-like appearance of cellulite often develops in women’s thigh areas.

While some medical treatments can control this problem, they are often expensive. Luckily, you can exfoliate those dimples away at home for a fraction of the cost. Warm coffee grounds may be an effective way to smooth out the lumpy appearance of cellulite.

The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee are moderately effective in mitigating the appearance of cellulite in the short term.

When applied topically to the skin in the form of a wrap, coffee grounds may help the skin absorb antioxidants and release toxins. As a stimulant, the caffeine in coffee dilates blood vessels, which temporarily tones and tightens tissue. Plus, it increases circulation and reduces water retention, both of which may also help smooth the rumpled look of cellulite, especially over time.

However, any noticeable improvements caused by the topical application of caffeine will only be temporary. But after enjoying your cup of morning coffee, why not save your warm coffee grounds and try this coffee-grind cocktail to regain your self-esteem?

- All you need is about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of fresh coffee grounds, three to four tablespoons of hot water, about two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a roll of plastic wrap.

- If the coffee grounds are not warm from recent use, warm them up in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Mix the ground coffee with hot water in a bowl and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to absorb the water and form a paste. Add the olive oil and stir them together.

- Stand in the bathtub or on some old newspaper. Cleanse problem areas, the backs of your thighs, upper arms and/or buttocks, in a warm shower, then turn off the water. Apply the scrub by massaging in a circular motion for two to four minutes with your hands, a washcloth or a loofah. Leave as much of the coffee grounds sticking to the area as possible.

- Use plastic wrap to create a firm wrap around the area. Remove the plastic wrap after staying wrapped for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove all the grounds, then pat dry and moisturise if desired.

Extra tips:

• Try using fresh ground coffee to maximise the benefits of the treatment, as it has more antioxidants and caffeine than used coffee grounds.

• Try adding brown sugar to the paste to make a good scrub.

• Try adding a few drops of juniper or rosemary oil to the mixture. These oils have special cellulite-fighting properties.

• After applying the plastic wrap, roll over the problem areas with an old-fashioned rolling pin or a hand-held cellulite massaging tool to help smooth out the skin.

• Finally, to avoid burning your skin, the coffee grounds should be warm to the touch but never hot.

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