Looking to get that beautiful skin glow? This simple, 5 ingredient DIY face scrub has your back! So bust out your food processor (or blender) and get ready to make a little skin care magic.
Let’s talk about why this homemade scrub rocks it in the skin care department and how you can make it. There’s even enough to share (although I won’t judge you if you don’t 😉 )
What Makes this DIY Face Scrub so Awesome
The main superstar of this gorgeous scrub is coffee! And while I may not drink coffee (because gross imo) I always keep some on hand for simple, homemade skin care goodness. Why oh why would I do that? It’s about far more than the fact that coffee smells like heaven! When used topically, it actually has a ton of goodness to offer your skin.
Coffee grounds are a wonderful way to exfoliate, gently scrubbing away dead skin cells and unveiling those healthy, beautiful cells underneath. According to the dermatologist Dr. Stefanie Williams “Researchers have found that the topical use of caffeine has numerous benefits to skin including helping to increase circulation” (source). Why would increased circulation be such an awesome benefit? Because that’s how you get that smooth, glowing look. Total win, right?
But it goes even further than that! Caffeine may also help to reverse sun damage. Say what?! According to this study applying caffeine topically after UVB exposure may partially diminish sun damage and even photocarcinogenesis, which is a fancy way of saying that it could reduce cancer cells caused by too much fun in the sun. That’s one awesome super power, coffee!
Caffeine also acts as a diuretic, which means that it can help to reduce fluid build up and decrease puffiness. This is awesome if you have puffy, sleepy eyes (although, I would caution you to be extra gentle using any product near your eyes… and definitely avoid getting anything in there, total ouch!) And that’s also why you’ll often find caffeine in cellulite creams. The diuretic effect helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily. (source)
So when we take all of that goodness and pop it into a DIY face scrub we’re getting softer, glowing skin with reduced puffiness, improved circulation (hello happy complexion) and a little UV protection. Pretty cool eh? But enough of me gabbing, let’s get creating!
DIY Face Scrub Recipe
This scrub is super gentle, which makes it wonderful for your face, but it can be used as a full body scrub too. If you want a coffee body scrub with a little more strength I’ve got you covered with this 3 Ingredient Coffee Body Scrub.
Ready to make yourself an awesome self care treat?
Exfoliating DIY Coffee Face Scrub
- 2 Cups Coffee Grounds (Used or New)
- 1/2 Cup Himalayan Pink Salt or Cane Sugar
- 1 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
Use pre-ground coffee beans or grind them in a coffee grinder. You can also save your coffee grounds if you drink coffee.
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well combined.
Use on your face or body as a gentle, exfoliating scrub.
Apply to your face using gentle circular motions (don't press too hard or you'll irritate your skin). Avoid getting the mixture into your eyes, nose and mouth.
Leave on for around 15 minutes.
Rinse off using a warm water and a wash cloth. And enjoy that glowing skin gorgeous!
I prefer to create this DIY face scrub with organic, fair trade coffee. Supporting fair trade helps to ensure that farmers (many of whom live in developing nations) receive fair wages and safe work environments and also supports agricultural improvements and community development.
While coffee is one hot commodity, it can be incredibly difficult for small-scale farmers to create a profitable business. Fair trade helps to ensure that they receive fair wages for all of their hard work. It’s incredibly important that we do our best to support that. Learn more about the importance of supporting fair trade coffee here.
Now it’s your turn – have you ever made any homemade self care products using coffee? Excited to give this DIY face scrub a try? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Health and love,
Thought of the day: A little me time is always a good idea.
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