We all love to pamper ourselves once in a while, but what happens when our busy routine prevents us from scheduling a well deserved day spa? No problem! You can totally enjoy a mini-spa time at home with this quick, simple and super-effective Coffee Mud Face Mask.
Clay masks are well know in the beauty world because they are incredibly versatile and effective. They can work wonders for a lot of common skin issues, from dullness or inflammation to acne or eczema.
So, be ready to treat yourself in no more than 20 minutes (yes! that quick!) at the comfort of your own home and enjoy the benefits of this surprisingly easy yet potent homemade mask. It only consists of 3 basic ingredients and doesn’t require much prep time.
Here are some of its skin loving benefits:
- Deeply cleanses and detoxifies
- Tightens pores
- Reduces Inflammation
- Absorbs excess oil
- Balances skin PH
- Increases blood flow
- Infuses highly beneficial minerals
- Smoothes and revitalizes skin appearance
- Accelerates scar healing
A piece of advice for this and any other DIY mask you try at home: Make an effort to find good quality and preferably organic ingredients. For this mask we only need three and all of them are really inexpensive, so getting them from reliable sources is totally worth every penny, specially since we are trying to detoxify the skin.
Now, let’s take a look at the ingredients and their properties, shall we?
Cosmetic Grade Clay:
When combined with water, this amazing ingredient produces an electrical charge which has the ability to draw bacteria, toxins and chemicals living on the skin’s surface. These antibacterial properties can reduce inflammation, prevent future acne outbreaks, relieve redness and skin infections, help fight allergic reactions to irritating or toxic products and speed up scar or wound healing.
On the other hand, clay infuses your skin with rich and highly important minerals that enhance body enzyme production, therefore preventing or aiding in the treatment of skin rashes, acne or eczema (symptoms that can often be a sign of enzyme deficiency).
The three most common and affordable clays available in the cosmetic market are White Cosmetic Clay, Bentonite Clay and French Green Clay. All of them are effective, it all comes down to a matter of your skin’s type and sensitivity:
- White Cosmetic Clay (or White Kaolin Clay): You can find it here. Recommended for dry, sensitive or normal skin types. This is a very fine and light colored clay with natural absorption properties. It acts as a cleanser and gentle exfoliator and simulates the skin’s circulation. Even though it absorbs dirt and toxins from the skin’s surface, this is the mildest and most commonly used of all clays. It doesn’t draw oils from the skin, which makes it perfect for sensitive or dry skin types. Recommended use: once or twice a week.
- Bentonite Clay: You can find it here. Recommended for normal or oily skin types. This is a fine grey / cream colored clay which has high absorption properties. It acts as a cleanser and gentle exfoliator and simulates circulation. Its electrical charge makes it perfect for pulling bacteria, excess oil and toxins from the skin. It is also known for its healing properties. Recommended use: once a week.
- French Green Clay: You can find it here. Recommended for oily skin types. This a fine light green colored clay which has enormous absorption properties and a micro molecular constitution which makes it excellent for detoxification and mineral infusion purposes. Great for reducing and eliminating free radicals (atoms that can damage cells and are thought to accelerate aging), pulling toxins, dust, dead skin cells, excess oil and other impurities. Its toning action brings fresh blood to skin cells, stimulating circulation and accelerating the scar healing process. Recommended use: once a week or as a spot healing treatment.
Aside from being delicious, this ingredient has three main enhancing properties when in contact with the skin: First, caffeine acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, so you will definitely feel your skin tighter. Second, it is a great antioxidant source, therefore it will aid in preventing premature skin aging. Third, it is an exfoliator, so be ready to get rid of dead skin cells and improve blood circulation.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
When it comes to skin and topic use, apple cider vinegar has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties which make it excellent for skin cleansing. Aside from unclogging pores and protecting our skin from further breakouts, apple cider vinegar contains beta carotene, an antioxidant that counteracts damage or premature skin aging caused by free radicals. Nevertheless, this ingredient’s most important advantage is its ability to balance the skin’s pH. A balanced pH replenishes our skin’s capacity to protect itself from free radicals, pollution and other dangerous air particles. Get it here.
*While in most cases apple cider vinegar has no side effects, it is best to try it out on a small area first. Some extra-sensitive skins may suffer from skin irritation when it is not diluted.
If your skin is sensitive to ACV, a solution (before giving it up completely) would be to dilute it with distilled water: 2 parts water per 1 part ACV for sensitive skin or 3 parts water per 1 part ACV for extra-sensitive skin.
If ACV is too irritating for you, you can totally substitute it with distilled water or rose water. Rose water has also incredible properties that are more suited for sensitive skin types. It can help sooth and cool irritation, infuse vitamins and anti-oxidants, moisturize and tone skin. Get it here.
Tea Tree Oil (optional):
Ok, we know we said only three ingredients, but if you want to add a little boost specially for acne prone skin types or scar healing purposes, this essential oil will do magic. Take it as a customization.
Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Ok, we have all those benefits in our mask, but wait, it also promotes the absorption of nutrients (it’s basically a mask property boosting ingredient), accelerates wound healing and can help neutralize or diminish spot scars (usually left by pox or acne). How about that? You can get it here.
You can also substitute for your favorite essential oil!
Simple Coffee Mud Mask Recipe
Makes for 1 – 2 uses
- 2 tsp Cosmetic Grade Clay: We are using French Green Clay, but according to your skin type and using the suggestions above you can substitute with White Kaolin, Bentonite or your favorite clay.
- 1 tsp Coffee Grounds (you can totally recycle recently brewed coffee grounds 😉 )
- 1 to 1 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar: According to your skin type or sensitivity and following the suggestions above you can dilute or substitute with Rose Water / distilled water
- 2 – 3 drops Tea Tree Oil (optional) or your favorite essential oil
- Use a plastic or wood spoon to mix ingredients. This will prevent the active clay from drawing metals beforehand, thus maintaining its full absorbency.
- In a small glass or plastic bowl mix dry ingredients until well incorporated.
- Add apple cider vinegar and essential oil (if using any) and mix until forming a paste. If the paste is too thick you can add a bit more apple cider vinegar until thinning it out to your desired consistency.
- Using your fingers, spread mask over your face or desired area. Let it set for 5 – 15 minutes or until the mask hardens (but before it starts to overly dry and crack or flake). This is crucial: when the mask is damp, your skin is being detoxified and infused with the clay’s minerals, when it starts to harden your blood flow increases as the mask contracts, but once it starts to overly dry you can dehydrate your skin or cause irritation. See why you only need a few minutes a week to work miracles with this mask?
- Rinse with warm water using slight circular motions.
- Pat dry with a clean towel and apply moisturizer. Yes! You already applied toner! (apple cider vinegar or rose water are perfect for that)
- Don’t forget to use your regular sunscreen.
This recipe is enough for 1 – 2 applications, so if you have some leftover mixture, be sure to store it in an an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. You can add a bit more ACV on your next application if the mix it dries a bit.
**Don’t have time for a DIY mask? We also love these effective ready-to-apply clay masks:
- GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment ($69 USD)
- Lancôme Pure Focus Purifying Mineral Mask ($35 USD)
- Sephora Collection Mud Mask ($19 USD)
- Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment ($38 USD)
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