Did you know that caffeine, as a topical agent, is really good for your skin? It contains anti-oxidants, possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can dehydrate fatty cells to help in the reduction (not disappearance!) of cellulite. Seriously! Look it up to see for yourself.
I figure if there is this much science spouting off the benefits, I needed to give it a try. Winter usually does a number on my legs – mainly drying them out really bad, so I’m always up for an organic option to keeping them nice and silky smooth.
There are literally hundreds of ways you can make a Coffee Scrub, and being me, I went with the easiest way that only uses three ingredients: coffee grounds, brown sugar and coconut oil. And if you want to step it up a notch, you can go organic on all of those.
The coffee grounds can be used first, or be fresh, totally up to you. I chose to use fresh for this batch.
To make the Coffee Scrub, combine 3/4 cup coffee with 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil. I chose to use coconut oil because it makes your skin super soft, plus it can be applied in many other areas, such as in your hair and in your food! Mix the ingredients well. Store in an air tight container.
To use the Coffee Scrub, simply step into the shower and massage the scrub into your skin. As with any new beauty product you may want to do a small test patch prior to applying all over. The scrub will help exfoliate your skin and leave you soft and smooth.
Want to end up with a nicer smelling scrub, add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Since I already moisturize with a favorite scented lotion after my shower, I skipped this step.
I’ve used the Coffee Scrub a few times now and have really enjoyed the outcome. My skin is very soft and smooth and moisturized. An added benefit? My fingernails and cuticles are looking healthier as well! It does feel a bit weird to rub coffee all over yourself, but it is a terrific exfoliant! I just used my hands and scrubbed it all over. If the scrub gets clumpy, that’s fine, just break the clump up and rub away!
I think this could make an awesome gift for a friend too! What do you think? Will you give it a try?
Thanks Kim for the tip here on the coffee. Honestly, I never thought about coffee being used as a scrub but then I never knew till years ago that it was also good for plants! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy