While plenty of wellness savvy women are supercharging their morning cups of coffee with add-ins like collagen, healthy fats, and adaptogensÂ to help them get glowy skin, supermodel Helena Christensen has another genius way toÂ incorporate the breakfast staple into her skin-care routine: She uses the buzz-inducingÂ beans to create her ownÂ DIY exfoliator.
âItâs not weird to me, but some might think itâs peculiar that I use coffee grinds on my body,â she says. If you think about it, though, it’s actually a pretty brilliantÂ way to recycle theÂ dregs from your daily French press (equal parts gritty and eco-friendly) because the acid and antioxidants in coffee can help fight inflammation and collagen breakdown when applied topically to the skin. (She also likes to smear fresh papaya on her bodyâits papain enzyme is a natural exfoliant, FYI). If you decide to try her trick at home, just be careful not to let the grounds run down your drain as they can clog your plumbing.
“Itâs not weird to me, but some might think itâs peculiar.”
Of course, natural body scrubs aren’tÂ the only thing Christensen credits for her glow. Although she reveals sheÂ hasnât yet tried anythingÂ extreme in the name of beauty (âI probably will when I hit 80,â says the 48-year-old) sheÂ swears by supplements, specifically the hydrating beauty ones by Lumity. (She’sÂ an ambassador for the longevity line, BTW.) And she says she usesÂ âseveral serums, oils, drops, and moisturizers, hoping the combination will have a magical outcome.â (Seems to be working.)
Her favorite potions are the Rejuvenating Mask from the professional’s brand Nimue Skin Technology for instant hydration and Rodin Olio Lusso face oil. âIâll often apply face masks when Iâm at home working or cleaning, and I notice how my skin feels firm and glows afterward.âÂ Filing this one under self-care #goals.