Who doesn’t love freshly exfoliated skin? Hint: this girl (points thumbs at self). While I’m definitely not a fan of dry, itchy skin, most exfoliators are a little too harsh and only make my sensitive skin woes worse. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Rather than buying an off-the-shelf exfoliator, I like to whip up my own coffee scrub to tackle the flakes. This particular coffee scrub is made from upcycled coffee grounds so there’s no need to rush out and buy a lot of supplies. And it’s chock full of ingredients that help take care of pesky problems like scars, cellulite and sun damage.
Coffee Scrub for Scars, Cellulite and Sun Damage
Coffee is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help soothe and heal irritated skin. Unlike a lot of other scrubs, coffee grounds are ever so slightly abrasive (perfect for gently tackling flakes) and used coffee grounds are mild enough to use all over the body – even on sensitive areas like the face.
But it’s not just for revitalizing dry skin, coffee scrubs also help stimulate blood flow and promote collagen production. I add Vitamin E to my scrub to boost the coffee’s natural antioxidant protection, encourage healing and fade scars. I also like to toss in some sea salt to tackle scaly skin and fight breakouts. Lastly, essential oils repair damaged skin while coconut oil leaves a layer of post-scrub hydration.
While you’re free to use fresh coffee grounds, leftover grounds are still chock full of caffeine and antioxidants, which leave skin looking perky and toned. If you have sensitive skin like I do, just make sure to grind the coffee into a soft, powder-like consistency to prevent further irritation. Otherwise, go with a coarse grind to help get rid of even the gnarliest flakes.
While I haven’t tried it myself, a lot of ladies on the internet swear by coffee scrub for reducing the appearance of cellulite. It’s thought that the caffeine in coffee helps to dilate blood vessels and tighten skin, thus hiding dimples (at least temporarily). Either way, it might be worth a shot if it means getting those winter legs bikini ready.
Here’s how to make your own coffee scrub…
Coffee Scrub DIY for Scars, Cellulite and Sun Damage
Yield 2 cups
- 1 cup coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup sea salt or sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 15 drops frankincense oil
- 15 drops neroli oil
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
- To use, apply a small amount to damp skin and lightly massage to remove flakes and improve skin tone and texture.
- Store remaining scrub in a lidded glass jar for up to a week.