Homemade Body Scrubs: Using Coffee as an Exfoliator

Homemade body scrubs are an affordable alternative to those expensive body scrubs you can buy at spas and specialty shops. Exfoliating body scrubs with coffee are easy to make, and they’re good for your skin. Let’s learn more about how you can use coffee to exfoliate your skin in a homemade body scrub.

Exfoliating Benefits of Coffee

Exfoliating body scrubs typically contain a granulated ingredient, whether or not they’re homemade. Some body scrubs use sugar or sea salt; these granular agents polish away dead skin to leave you with a fresh, healthy glow. Coffee ground, which are also granular in nature, can have the same effect.

Because coffee contains caffeine, however, it has benefits not shared by other exfoliating body scrub agents. Coffee body scrubs can be invigorating, helping you wake up on those difficult mornings. The caffeine in coffee is also vasorestrictive, meaning it shrinks blood vessels. This can help improve the appearance of varicose veins and thread veins. Coffee can also help redistribute fat beneath the surface of the skin, to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Choosing a Liquid Base

You’ll need more than just coffee ground to make homemade coffee body scrubs. You’ll also need a liquid or semiliquid base for your body scrub, and you may choose to add essential oils for fragrance. 

Most people choose a skin-safe oil as the liquid base for their homemade body scrubs. If you have dry skin, a nourishing oil like olive or jojoba oil might be best. If you have oily skin, apricot kernel oil is preferred. If you suffer from acne or other forms of skin inflammation, choose an anti-inflammatory oil like grapeseed or soy oil. 

If you don’t like the idea of using oil as a base for your body scrub, don’t fret. You can use a fragrance-free, water-based lotion, or even a fragrance-free soap instead.

Choosing an Essential Oil Fragrance

Many people like to add essential oil fragrances to their homemade body scrubs. Add just a few drops of oil to scent your body scrub; too much could irritate your skin.

Choose your essential oil based on the effect you’d like to achieve with your body scrub. If you’re looking for an invigorating scrub, citrus or rosemary oils are a great way to go. For a relaxing scrub, choose the oil of lavender, bergamot or chamomile. To boost your mood, try lemongrass, lavender or orange. 

Of course, coffee has a strong aroma of its own, and you may choose to enjoy it unadulterated.

Mixing Your Homemade Body Scrub

You can make your own homemade coffee body scrubs following this standard recipe: use two parts coffee, one part liquid base, and just a few drops of essential oil fragrance. Pour your ingredients into a mason jar and mix them thoroughly with a spoon. Keep your homemade body scrub refrigerated when you’re not using it. Homemade body scrubs typically keep for about four weeks in the refrigerator.


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