Whenever you brew a pot of coffee, you're left with a filter's worth of used coffee grounds that probably wind up in the trash. However, you can repurpose those leftover grounds and use them on your body. A coffee scrub provides several skin benefits, including improved skin texture and circulation with a temporary cellulite reduction -- all at no cost to you.
Coffee grounds are a mechanical exfoliate, meaning they can be used to scrub away dead skin to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath, whereas chemical exfoliates remove skin cells with enzymes or acidic properties. Exfoliating with coffee grounds improves circulation, leaving you with smooth, glowing skin.
Caffeine and Your Skin
While you won't ingest nearly as much caffeine when your coffee is on your skin instead of in your cup, the caffeine from used coffee grounds can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and give your skin a firmer appearance.
How to Make a Gentle Coffee Scrub
Scrubs are hands-down my favorite natural recipe – because you get that immediate gratification of softer skin. And it helps to remove build-up so that your lotions and products can penetrate and work better. But more importantly, it’s also really important for your overall wellness. A scrub is active skincare – exfoliating helps to stimulate your body, your lymphatic system and get your circulation flowing. It makes you feel good.
Now, coffee grains make for a really good exfoliant, but – if it’s not prepared properly – it can be too rough for your skin, especially around your face. So, let me show you two tips to make the perfect, face-loving scrub.
Grind it: They do the job of exfoliating, but without irritating your skin. So, even if you are using a fine grain coffee, I still suggest that you blitz it in the blender until it’s like powder fine, like a flour.
Soak it: After you blitz the coffee grains, soak them in a liquid to soften it even more. It can be water, or it can be something fun and skin-brightening like a squeeze of fresh orange juice! Orange juice is packed with beautifying vitamin C that keeps your skin youthful, it’s amazing for hydrating and it has natural fruit acids that help to clean and clear your skin. But, also, it’s that “happy” scent that I can’t get enough of!
Any time you use citrus, its best to stay out of the sun for a few hours.
Let me leave you with one more quick tip. Normally, a scrub calls for oil – but try adding honey instead. It’s ah-mazing!! The honey will hydrate and soften your skin, without that oil-rich feeling… which isn’t a bad thing!! But options are nice.
And just like that… my exhausted friend – you have an instant remedy for “blah” days.
Gentle Coffee Scrub Recipe
- 1/4 cup fresh ground coffee
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 orange juiced (about 1/8 cup)
- 2 tbs honey
- blitz the coffee until powder fine
- pour it into a bowl
- zest the orange first
- cut open and squeeze the juice of 1/2 orange into the coffee grains
- let it sit for about five minutes to soak up the liquid
- add honey – which is really nice as a facial scrub
- optional: 1 tsp your favorite oil, if you want extra moisture. Otherwise, moisturise after your scrub
Do you love using essential oils? Add a 5 drops of Sweet Orange to boost the aroma and skincare benefit.
Shelf Life: this is a fresh scrub, and because of the water content from the fruit – we want to use it up within 3 days. Store it in the fridge.