Coffee has many other usages, beyond just to wake us up in the morning. One of these usages is to function as a body scrub. Since most of us have a canister of coffee grounds in our kitchen, creating a scrub will be easy, beneficial, and most of all, cheap! Not to mention that the coffee itself will add more benefits to your skin that other body scrubs will not provide.
Before we go into any recipes, let's discuss why a coffee body scrub is much more beneficial than the everyday scrub. This information was provided by CancerLynx.
No more cellulite. While coffee is wonderful for many reasons, it is actually the caffeine that provides the added health benefit as a scrub. When coffee is applied to the surface of your skin, it will help redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite.
Problems with varicose veins. Many people accept varicose veins as a necessary evil--either as a sign of getting older or a predisposition inherited from our parents. With a coffee body scrub skin care routine, you may be able to prevent varicose veins or even make them vanish! The caffeine in a coffee scrub acts as a vascular restrictor--shrinking blood vessels, thus helping to reduce varicose veins.
Now that we know why the homemade coffee body scrub is very useful, we can move on to the homemade body scrub recipe and learn how to make a coffee body scrub ourselves. Anyone can make this at the comfort of their own homes. To make a coffee body scrub, you need:
- 2 cups of coffee grounds (brand does not matter--the cheaper, the better)
- 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt
- 2/3 tablespoon of massage oil (any plain, cheap massage oil will do)
- Mix these three items together in a bowl.
- If you wish to make more coffee scrub for later use, you can simply double the recipe.
Furthermore, you can also add few additives:
- Brown sugar
Brown sugar adds a sweet smell, as well as a coarse texture that helps rejuvenate your skin. Add the brown sugar until you reach the desired texture.
- A dash of cinnamon
Adding cinnamon will give your scrub a stronger sharper scent.
- Vanilla extract
Vanilla extract gives your coffee scrub a sweeter smell. It also slightly dilutes the scrub texture, which makes the scrub more soothing for your skin.
- Perfume oils
Perfume oils make an excellent addition to your coffee scrub. These oils are usually pure and highly concentrated, which make them have a very strong fragrance. Adding just a dash of perfume oil to your scrub will give it a marvelous scent. The nice thing about the oils is that the smallest bottle will last forever, especially if you use it only for this purpose. Also, perfume oils come in many different scents, from flowers all the way to name brand colognes and perfumes.
Keep these tips in mind when considering the additive options:
- Be cautious with perfume oils. Although they smell wonderful, if you are planning to apply the scrub to your face, the perfume oil may be too strong. This is especially true for sensitive skin.
- Try to avoid any items you may be allergic to. Many oils and scented items may seem to complement your recipe perfectly, but take caution in case you are allergic. Read all ingredients carefully before adding anything new.
When the scrub is complete, be sure to apply the final exfoliating scrub to wet or damp skin. The best time to do this exfoliating scrub is in the shower so that you can rinse it off after application. Apply the scrub directly to your skin and rub it in circular motions with your fingers, or use a washcloth or loofah. Remember the circular motion helps distribute the caffeine to eliminate cellulite and varicose veins.
If making something homemade, even something as simple as coffee body scrub skin treatment, is simply not your style, there are a few companies out there that sell coffee body scrubs.
Michelle Daniel from Cozy Moments : Bath, Body, Home offered some suggestions for add-in ingredients used in their Hazelnut Coffee Sugar Scrub, a very efficient exfoliating scrub combined with skin-drenching oils.
- Pure cane sugar - Excellent as a gentle exfoliating additive
- Sweet almond oil - Known for its ability to soften, soothe and recondition the skin, this oil is a great addition to many body care products and is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin. Contains a high percentage of iron, calcium and potassium as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6 and beta-carotene.
- Apricot kernel oil - Apricot kernel oil is easily absorbed and very good for sensitive, dry or inflamed skin.
- Vitamin E - A fat-soluble vitamin in eight forms that is an important antioxidant. Vitamin E is often used in skin creams and lotions because it is believed to play a role in encouraging skin healing and reducing scarring after injuries such as burns. Although originally extracted from wheat germ oil, most natural vitamin E supplements are now derived from vegetable oils, usually soybean oil.
Now that you know the benefits of the coffee body scrub, and how easy it is to make (and personalize), what are you waiting for? Get out there and start mixing! Your skin will look great in no time at all!
- Coffee grounds
- Sugar or sea salt
- Massage oil
- Avoid using too much perfume oil if applied to the face.
- Avoid using ingredients you may be allergic to.
Quick Tips :
- Be sure to apply the body scrub in a circular motion.