You’ve likely read about or used salt scrubs and sugar scrubs, but have you ever tried a coffee scrub? The benefits are incredible, and you can even make your own coffee scrubs at home! Keep reading to learn more about this innovative health and beauty product, and to get some tips as to how you can use it for your skin’s needs.
Benefits of Coffee Scrubs
From beauty to budgeting, there are several different benefits of using coffee scrubs. Primarily, a coffee scrub is a great choice when trying to improve the appearance of your skin, and it can benefit you in a couple of different ways.
First, coffee contains caffeine, which is a stimulant – hence why you feel so awake after having a cup or two in the morning! But the caffeine can also work to stimulate your skin, meaning that when applied to the skin it will begin increasing the blood circulation going on underneath the surface and start reducing water retention, both of which can help smooth the appearance of your skin affected by cellulite. To further help reduce the appearance of cellulite, coffee also stimulates the blood vessels underneath the surface, helping to tone and tighten your skin.
Another great skin benefit of using a coffee scrub is the powerful exfoliation it provides. Whether you use the scrub on your face or body, its exfoliating properties will remove dead skin cells and other impurities, improve your circulation, and leave your skin feeling fresh, dewy, and glowing. The caffeine in coffee also works to perk up your skin a little bit, especially under the eyes, so you’re looking and feeling fresh!
While there are some excellent coffee scrubs on the market, you can also make your own (see our recipes below!). The most cost-efficient way to make a homemade coffee scrub is to use the normally discarded grounds that you’ve used in your morning java. Simply allow the grounds to cool down, and then feel free to use them as a scrub on their own, or in one of the recipes below. This is also an ultra-green choice, as you are repurposing what would otherwise be going straight in the garbage. Alternatively, you can use fresh grounds if you really want an antioxidant boost in your scrub – used grounds lose some of their antioxidant properties in the brewing process. But whether you use fresh or used grounds, you’re still saving loads of cash compared to expensive retail brands!
Make Your Own Coffee Scrub!
While you can buy coffee scrubs at a variety of retailers, you likely have most of the ingredients in your pantry at home. So invite your girlfriends over for a night of DIY fun, or just feel good that you’ve saved a few bucks!
Facial Coffee Scrub
No matter your skin type, your face will be sure to thank you for using this coffee scrub treatment! It’s especially great for acne-prone skin as it will help clear out your pores and reduce the amount of impurities in your skin.
1 teaspoon ground coffee (fresh grounds are best)
1 teaspoon coconut oil (in its solid, not melted, form)
In a small bowl, mix together the two ingredients. Let sit for a few minutes to ensure that the ingredients have melded together. Then, rub the mixture over your face in a circular motion, being sure to avoid your mouth, eyes, and nostrils. Leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes – or you can leave it on for up to an hour if you have time! When the time is up, gently rinse the mask off with warm water, again moving in circular directions to give your pores one final scrub.
All-Body Coffee Scrub
As you’ve read, coffee scrubs can help reduce the appearance of cellulite all over your body – and this recipe is great to use to help smooth out those lumps and bumps!
¼ cup ground coffee (fresh grounds are best)
3 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons olive oil
In a small bowl, mix the freshly ground coffee with the hot water, and let it sit for about ten minutes so the coffee can absorb the water, forming a paste. Then, mix in the olive oil to help bind the mixture, and make it easier to spread. Hop in the shower and first cleanse your body. When you’re squeaky clean, turn off the water and massage the coffee scrub into any problem areas using a circular motion. Keep massaging the scrub for a few minutes, and then rinse with warm water to ensure all the grounds are washed off.