We are MAJOR skincare fans, but tbh, we kinda feel like the face is a bit of an attention hog. Sure, we all wanna put our best face forward, but we want to be sure to nourish all the skin we’re in! Enter, our homemade coffee body scrub!
Since rising temperatures have us planning beach and pool days like nobody’s business, we came up with this easy shower scrub you can make with ingredients you already have that will help exfoliate and firm up both sets of your cheeks. Winky face.
The main goal with a body scrub is to gently rejuvenate and polish the skin for an all-over glow. It’s particularly great to exfoliate with a scrub if you’ve been using a lot of lotions or sunscreens that can clog pores. The main ingredient in this easy DIY scrub? Coffee!
About the ingredients
Finely ground coffee beans are actually an amazing additive to homemade scrubs for multiple reasons. First, it’s thought that the caffeine present in coffee can actually reduce the appearance of cellulite by helping to constrict cells and firm the skin.
Next, the texture makes coffee an amazing exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells and helping new ones to produce. Another benefit of using coffee is a scrub- and maybe this is just me!- but I feel like the grounds give my skin a very slight, natural-looking tan tint! Which, when you haven’t been out in the sun in forever and when you do you wear alllll the sunscreen, every little bit helps.
Besides coffee we’re using yet another yummy ingredient: sugar!
Sugar scrubs are super popular because unlike harsh, “mainstream” exfoliators, fine-grain sugar is incredibly gentle on the skin, naturally dissolving away as it sloughs off old skin cells. Bonus to getting rid of the old stuff? Removing dead skin cells actually speeds up the skin’s regeneration process. Holding it all together is a DIY beauty go-to:
Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants which help defend against free radicals, which is essential if you’re planning a day out in the elements. Coconut oil is also a natural anti-bacterial, helping minimize redness and keeping your pores unclogged from dirt and bacteria. It’s also incredibly moisturizing which is essential when you’re exfoliating. Also, it doesn’t add to the beauty-makin’ properties, but it’s worth noting this scrub smells amazing. Let’s get scrubbin’!
- 1 cup ground organic coffee. To reduce food waste, use pre-used but dried coffee grinds.
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- Heat the coconut oil until it melts to a liquid consistency. Allow to cool, but not re-harden.
- Stir in the coffee grounds and sugar until all are thoroughly combined.
- Store the mixture in an airtight mason jar or another glass container.
- Use about a tablespoon or two 1-2 times a week for an all-over glow!
Botaneri “Level Up” Tip:
Sometimes coconut oil can feel heavy or thick on some skin types. If you know this happens for you, you can substitute pure shea butter for coconut oil. You can order pure shea butter online, or you can find it in the beauty section of some organic grocery stores.
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About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.