You can treat yourself to the amenities of a spa without the extra cost by making your own coffee body wrap at home. Coffee body wraps are utilized at spas because of their ability to tone and even out skin texture. The treatment also has a slimming effect on the body. Your coffee wrap will also help to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays and leave it feeling smooth.
Finely grind your coffee with the coffee grinder until you have enough grounds to measure ¾ cup. Put the coffee grounds into a large Crock Pot.
Bring four gallons of water to a boil in a large soup pot. Pour the water over the coffee grounds in the Crock Pot. Add the towels and let them soak for 20 minutes.
Use your slotted spoon to remove some of the coffee grounds from the liquid. Mix the grounds with enough almond oil to create a paste. Check the towels to make sure they are not too hot.
Spread newspaper over the area where you will be wrapping your body. Place your Crock Pot of towels at one corner of the newspapers.
Massage the coffee paste into the areas of your skin you would like to wrap. Begin wrapping the body by starting at the lowest area. Wrap a towel up each leg by starting at the ankles and moving toward the heart.
Wrap the hips and stomach with another towel or two. Pull the towels tight, but do not cut off your circulation. Wrap a towel around each arm, starting from the wrist and working toward the chest.
Relax for 30 minutes, and then remove the towels and rinse your body in a warm shower to remove the coffee grounds. Wash your towels and reuse them for your next coffee body wrap up to twice a week.
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- If you have any serious health conditions such as a heart or neurological problems, inflammation, high blood pressure or a fever you should not use the coffee body wrap. Children and the elderly should also avoid using the wrap.
Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.
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