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Exfoliating your body at least once a week is all you need to keep your skin soft and velvety. And, to achieve this, you don't even need to leave your house – you can make a homemade body scrub with coffee in your kitchen with just a couple of ingredients. Coffee has a variety of skin benefits to offer, not to mention the wonderful coffee aroma that'll awaken your senses.
If you have ground coffee, some nourishing oil (like coconut or olive oil), honey, brown sugar, and ten minutes of your time, you're all set – try it out, and your skin will thank you!
How to Make Coffee Scrub at Home
If you love the smell of coffee and have it as a part of your morning ritual, you'll undoubtedly love this body scrub as well – both making and using it.
The simplest coffee scrub recipe would be to mix some ground coffee with plain water – simply, mix the two until you get a finely uniform mixture that can be used as a scrub. However, to spice things up a little and create a more nourishing body scrub, we'd suggest mixing coffee with some honey and your favorite plant-based oil.
Recipe for Coffee Body Scrub
In today's recipe for coffee body scrub, we're combining ground coffee, coconut oil, and a bit of honey and brown sugar. The coffee and sugar combo creates a perfect exfoliating base with additional skin benefits, such as protecting and hydrating. And on the other hand, we have coconut oil and honey, holding everything together and nourishing your skin.
- 5 tablespoons finely ground coffee
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Stir well until everything is nicely blended.
- Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for no longer than three months.
If you want to use this scrub for your face, you can, just make sure to use finely ground brown sugar in the recipe. Also, if you don't have coconut oil at hand, you can use any kind of oil you have, like olive oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, sunflower seed oil, or even baby oil.
Another recipe variation is to use sea salt instead of brown sugar. This will create a more abrasive scrub, perfect for your feet or dry elbows.
How to Use Coffee Body Scrub
We'd recommend using your homemade coffee scrub in the shower after you've cleansed your skin with a gentle body wash. Take a little bit of the scrub at a time and apply it to your skin while it's still wet.
Rub gently using circular motions, and start from your legs, working your way up. After you're done exfoliating, rinse off the scrub with lukewarm water. You can then apply a nice layer of your body oil or lotion while your skin is still damp to lock in all the nutrients and moisture.
However, ground coffee can clog the drain – so you can use a drain stopper and later collect the coffee grounds by hand and dispose of them.
You can also use your DIY coffee scrub before self-tanning. It will smooth out the skin and create a perfect base for the fake tan to settle onto your skin without leaving any streaks.
You'll probably need about three tablespoons of the scrub for your whole body – so our recipe would be enough for three to four applications.
Be mindful if you have body acne, and avoid exfoliating those areas. Physical exfoliation may irritate your inflamed skin, making the issue even worse.
What Are the Benefits of Coffee Scrub?
Coffee, or caffeine, is an indispensable ingredient in a large number of cosmetic products. This is because coffee is rich in antioxidants, such as caffeic, ferulic, and chlorogenic acids, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Here are the top 5 skin benefits you can expect from your coffee scrub:
#1: Makes Your Skin Smooth & Tight
Exfoliation with a coffee scrub will remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin, revealing new, smoother skin from underneath and boosting skin cell renewal. This way, it not only improves your skin tone and texture but also tightens it.
#2: Offers Soothing & Protecting Properties
Thanks to its high content of antioxidants, coffee will soothe your aggravated and sensitive skin. In addition, it will also protect it from the damaging effect of UV radiation and pollution. This homemade scrub contains all-natural, gentle ingredients suitable for every skin type, decreasing the chance of skin redness and irritation after scrubbing.
#3: Stimulates Blood Flow
Coffee is known to help expand blood vessels. In addition to that, skin exfoliation with a scrub has a massaging effect, improving circulation and blood flow to the skin. This will allow more nutrients to reach the skin, making it look and feel rejuvenated and more lively.
#4: Helps With Cellulite
Massaging with a scrub has a stimulating effect on the skin, tightening it and kick-starting the lymphatic drainage, which usually helps with cellulite. In addition, caffeine in coffee improves circulation and blood flow, which also contributes to reducing the appearance of skin dimples.
#5: Makes Your Skin Glow
Better blood flow also improves skin tone – it will look more even, radiant, and healthy. To ensure this desired side effect of your coffee body scrub, let it sit on your skin for a few minutes after exfoliating. This way, you're allowing your skin to absorb all the antioxidants in coffee.
How Often Should You Use Coffee Scrub?
Exfoliating your skin once a week is totally enough to reap all the benefits of this skincare ritual. However, if your skin is extremely dry, it means that the dead skin cells will pile up quicker, making your skin look dull and lifeless. In that case, you might want to try exfoliating it more frequently but no more than three times a week.
On the other hand, if your skin is easily sensitized, you might want to consider exfoliating it only once or twice a month. Similarly, if you have swollen, painful, and inflamed acne on your body, you shouldn't exfoliate at all, especially not with a scrub. Or if you do, try to avoid those areas where you have acne – otherwise, you're skin won't be able to heal.
As you can see, coffee body scrubs are incredibly beneficial for the skin and are pretty quick to make. However, you don't have to follow our recipe strictly. Instead, you can experiment and play with different ingredients. For example, if you want to target hyperpigmentation, add turmeric and lemon juice into the mix; if you're looking for an extra soothing effect, you can add some yogurt or milk.
And, of course, if you don't have time to deal with DIY skincare concoctions, you can always buy a ready-made scrub or cream that contains caffeine. Your skin will look and feel reborn.
Can you use coffee as a body scrub?
The grainy texture of ground coffee makes it an excellent exfoliator. You can use ground coffee mixed with water or oil as a body scrub. This scrub is also perfect for your face because it's gentle and won't disrupt your natural skin barrier.
How long does homemade coffee body scrub last?
Your DIY coffee scrub can last anywhere between three to five months. Our coffee body scrub is oil-based, meaning it can last longer without adding preservatives. However, if you notice your scrub has gone rancid, you should get rid of it and make a fresh one.
What coffee is best for scrubs?
You can use whatever coffee you have at hand as long as it's finely ground. These fine particles in ground coffee will be effective at sloughing off dead skin cells from your skin's surface but gentle enough not to damage your skin.
Is it OK to use a coffee scrub every day?
It would be best if you didn't use your coffee scrub every day or any scrub for that matter. Scrubbing and exfoliating your skin every day can irritate the skin, causing acne and other issues. Exfoliating once or twice a week is entirely enough.
Can I make coffee scrubs without coconut oil?
You can use any kind of oil to make your coffee scrub, and you should especially avoid coconut oil if you have acne-prone skin. You can use grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil instead.