Tony and I went to the gym this morning, and he discovered when we got home the coffee pot had been left on; we had half a pot of "cooked" brew. When I made a cup of iced coffee later in the day, I had to admit it was past its prime. However, I don't like to throw anything out, so I researched unique ways to use up leftover coffee. Today I made a facial mask out of coffee grounds and coffee.
According to my source, coffee grounds make a gentle exfoliation product for your skin. I mixed a quarter cup of coffee grounds with enough of the old coffee to make a thick paste. My first plan was to apply it in the bathroom in front of the mirror so I could see what I was doing, but I quickly realized that was a mistake when coffee grounds started flying everywhere! I moved to the kitchen and leaned over the sink to complete the job.
After I applied the paste on my face, I let it dry for 20 minutes. This part wasn't too messy, but when I had to scratch the skin next to my eye, a few stray coffee grounds fell off. The removal, as you might expect, was also a bit sloppy. When I was done there were grounds all over the sink and countertop. However, my face DID feel very smooth, and had a glow to it.
I don't think I'm going to repeat the process again tomorrow, though. The rest of the old coffee is going to get poured into the compost pile.