3 DIY Coffee Scrubs for Facial and Body
All around the home there are simple ingredients hiding out that you could be using to improve your personal look and feel. You’ve probably heard of homemade scrubs and facials, but did you know that there’s a secret beauty powerhouse in your kitchen? If you’ve been throwing out coffee grounds, it’s time to start keeping them. Check out these three coffee ground scrubs that will have you stocking up on grounds after your morning cup.
Cellulite Busting Coffee Scrub
Everybody knows that a cup of coffee can perk up your mind in the morning, but did you know it can perk up and help you have healthy skin too? When applied frequently, the coffee in caffeine can help reduce the look of cellulite. That makes coffee the perfect ingredient in a cellulite reducing scrub like this one.
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 6 tbsp oil (coconut is best)
- 3 tbsp sea salt or sugar
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, adding melted oil. Mix thoroughly, and transfer to a jar or resealable container.
Apply to cellulite areas while in the shower, massaging gently in circles. Rinse off, and continue your showering routine as usual. For the best results, use the scrub every time you shower.
Mix up a fresh batch of this each week, and keep the container in your shower. That way, you never forget to use it.
An Awesome Exfoliating Body Scrub
In addition to smelling delicious, coffee is also great at gently exfoliating skin. This body scrub is perfect for folks with dry skin, because the coffee sloughs off that outer layer. With baby soft skin exposed, the nourishing oils of the scrub are more effective.
- 1/2 cup coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
Combine coffee grounds and brown sugar in a bowl, and add melted coconut oil. Put in a wide mouth resealable container for easy use.
Grab a palmful of the scrub and massage into skin in a circular motion. You can apply this to your entire body, avoiding the face. When done, wash thoroughly. When done, store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Coconut oil (or any oil really) might make shower and tub floors a little slick. Be sure you are extra careful in the shower!
A Homemade Anti-Aging and Skin Brightening Facial
You may have noticed recently that some fancy skincare brands have started to include coffee in their anti-aging and skin brightening products. That’s because the caffeine and exfoliation of coffee are great for repairing sun damage, reducing the look of wrinkles, and brightening skin. For a little extra boost in your skincare regimen, try out this coffee based facial scrub.
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp finely ground coffee
Mix together equal parts oil and coffee. Apply to the skin in an upward motion, avoiding getting it into the eyes, nose, and mouth. Let the mixture rest on the skin for at least 15 minutes, and up to an hour. Rinse off gently.
Coconut oil is awesome for dry skin types. If you want to brighten up skin or tighten lines, but are acne prone choose an oil that’s better for your skin type. Hempseed oil and grapeseed oil are both great at nourishing skin without clogging pores.
Will the oil in these treatments clog drains?
Usually most people won’t have too much trouble with oil clogging the drain. If you have drains that are particularly sensitive, you can swap coconut oil out for grapeseed oil. This oil is a little looser, and is less likely to clump in the pipe. Plus, it is great for skin.
Should I use fresh or used coffee grounds?
You can use either! If you happen to be a coffee drinker, try making these recipes with used grounds to get a little more bang for your buck. If you don’t normally drink coffee at home, you can buy fresh grounds and use those. Either way, your skin still gets all the benefits that the coffee has to offer.
Are coffee grounds safe to apply to the face?
As long as you aren’t personally sensitive to coffee, applying it to skin (even the delicate skin of your face) is safe and can help you have healthy skin. Just don’t get it in your eyes or nose.
Author Bio: Deric Loh
Deric is the Editor of Better Coffeer. He fell down the coffee rabbit hole when he was young and since developed into a journey, from trying out coffeeshops, to making his own coffee at home, and finally sharing with others on how to make great tasting coffee back home on Better Coffeer.