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)
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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 Face Scrub
This Easy Exfoliating DIY Face Scrub is AMAZING for Your Skin | Made with 5 ingredients, including coffee grounds, this face scrub can help to create soft, glowing skin, exfoliate and increase circulation, and reverse sun damage and puffiness.
- 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,
Wow these tips are awesome! Who would have known about caffeine and coffee as a face scrub!! Thanks for the info I am totally trying this out soon!
I’m happy you’ve learned something new and are excited to give this a try Ash! I hope you really enjoy it! Have you ever tried coffee scrub before? Let me know what you think <3.
Now this is one scrub that I’m definitely going to try! Who would have thought you could use coffee?!!
It’s so amazing how beneficial it can be for the skin, eh Dianne? I will never drink it, but these days I always keep some on hand for skin care. I hope you have fun treating yourself to something new! Let me know what you think ^^.
Wow!!! I love this!! Thanx for that great idea! I live in Guatemala so I’m always looking for easy and natural ways to cleanse my skin as you can’t find the “brand name” products here. 🙂
I’m so excited for you to give this one a try Iva! I find most of the brand names are full of icky ingredients that don’t serve our health well in the end unfortunately – so the good news is that most of the time you aren’t missing out on too much :). I got rid of almost all of my skin care and beauty products when I changed my lifestyle (I was SHOCKED at what I had been putting on my body day in and day out ><). And now I try and make everything that I can and buy the healthiest options possible when I can't. I really hope you have a blast making this and that you skin adores it as much as mine does! I'd love to hear what you think. Wishing you a wonderful day Iva!
I love face scrubs and never thought to use coffee. pinning for future reference!
Isn’t it truly amazing what coffee has to offer for your skin? I was pleasantly surprised! And it smells wonderful, so it’s win win! I hope you treat yourself to some soon Arielle. Have a blast and let me know your thoughts <3.
I’ve used this once or twice. sometimes I’m too lazy to do it. But it really helps. And I like the aroma of the coffee while scrubbing.
I’m really happy you like coffee scrubs too Laurence! They really do smell amazing. I love when something is both good for the skin and gives you some fan-flipping-tastic aromatherapy. Super bonus, right?
And hey – it’s ok to do something a few times and put it on the back burner for a while. Self care activities are always there when you need them, but we don’t have to be too strict with ourselves or set with out routine. Resting is healing too. 🙂 I have lazy moments too and put things off all the time. Even face scrubs! But it’s fun to do it when I’m in the mood and my skin certainly appreciates it. Hope you give this a try when you’re feeling up for it! <3 Have a gorgeous day Laurence!
Dr. Elise Ho
This sounds great. Plus I have a bag of coffee beans in my freezer that need to be used 😉
Sweet! You’re already halfway there ^^. I hope you have fun making is Dr. Elise! And that your skin adores it as much as mine does. Let me know how it goes <3.
Interesting…does the coconut oil clog pores? My pores clog very easily, but I love the idea of a coffe scrub!
Hiya Amy! Thanks for the awesome question. A lot of people use coconut oil for skin care (myself included) with no issues. But I do have a friend who’s sensitive to oils and finds that too much (of any oil) clogs her pores. So it’s certainly possible that any oil could be an issue for some people. We all have different sensitivities :).
Have you used oils on your skin before? If you’re concerned about coconut oil and don’t want to risk it but have a go to oil that you know works well you can make something with that. Or if you have a body mousse/butter that works well for your sensitive skin you can create a simple coffee scrub with those too. Here’s a little recipe I use when I just want enough for one go:
1/2 Tsp of your favourite body mousse or butter
1/2 Tsp Fair Trade, Organic Coffee Grounds
Mix together until well blended. Apply gently to your gorgeous face, using gentle circular motions.
I hope that helps! It’s so important that we listen to our body. And no one knows what works better for you than you. But there’s almost always a way to tweak something so it works around our sensitivities. <3 Hope this helps you enjoy a coffee scrub. Let me know how it goes!
Thank you so much for the thorough response! I will try mixing the coffee in with something I already use, great idea.
I’m so glad that it helped! I’m so glad you’re excited and definitely wanted to make sure you had the chance to try it. Tweaks are always possible. Have fun hun <3. So happy you've found safe go-tos for your skin :)
I bet this smells amazing. I can’t believe you don’t like coffee 😳😂 but I’ll forgive it since you shared this amazing recipe. I haven’t thought of using coffee for my face (I have a body scrub but never thought to use it on the delicate skin on my face) but this sounds perfect for sloughing off dead skin from winter!
I get that a lot Jamie! It’s one of those things that people are always shocked to hear. But hey – that means more coffee for everyone else who enjoys it. You can have my shares!
It’s pretty wonderful how much coffee can do for your face. I definitely like that this one is blended up so the grains are small (I find chunkier exfoliating scrubs aren’t as great for the sensitive skin on our face). And it’s important not to press too hard, because that can irritate skin :). I hope you enjoy adding coffee scrub to your face care routine! Let me know what you think hun <3.
gotta love coffee! this sounds great
It smells pretty wonderful! I’m glad I have a reason to enjoy that smell, since I hate the taste and don’t drink it haha. I hope you get the chance to treat yourself to this too! Enjoy the self care goodness and let me know your thoughts <3
It sounds interesting! But i’m just to lazy to do it…Guess i will try this weekend, my self-care day 🙂 thanks for sharing
Hiya Jenny! I’m happy you’re excited to give it a go. It’s quick and easy to make, but definitely do it on a day where you feel like you have enough energy to spare. Resting is healing too :). So if you need a lazy day take it! That’s self care as well <3. Hope you have a wonderful weekend full of self care goodness! What else are your go to self care activities?
My Dee Dee's Diary
These are some fantastic tips. I’d love to try this diy scrub. Will pin for later.
Thank you so much Dee! I hope you really enjoy it. It’s fun to treat ourselves to new things from time to time. And, super bonus, coffee smells amazing ^^. Let me know what you think <3.
The Fly Fishing Punk
Very interesting ideas and tips. I have passed this onto my wife who will definitely find this one interesting
Thank you so much Aidan! I hope that she adores it :). You can give it a go too if you’d like! If she wants to share 😉 hehe. My hubby likes to use it on his hands and feet when they’re getting dry. Wishing you a wonderful day!
The Fly Fishing Punk
Thanks Sara. I think I will give it a try. I work hard all week so it might be nice to try it and unwind for the weekend.
That’s wonderful! I hope you adore it Aidan! Let me know what you think. Enjoy a relaxing, restful weekend 🙂
The Fly Fishing Punk
I will do. Thanks very much
Seems like a great face mask!
Brianna | http://briannamarielifestyle.com/
Thank you Brianna! I hope that you get to treat yourself to some. A little diy self care is always wonderful! Have you tried a coffee scrub before?
Nikita | NikitaRose.com
Lovely quick and easy DIY face scrub. Will have to remember this the next time I have a self care day.
I’m so glad to hear that Nikita! I’m sure you’ll adore it! I hope your next self care day is fantastic! What are your typical self care go tos? 🙂
This looks great! Not only was this article super helpful but the scrub looks so easy to put together. Will have to try this out! Thanks for sharing 🙂
That’s awesome A! I’m really glad that you enjoyed all of the info and tips. I hope you adore making it (and love using it even more). I’d love to hear what you think <3. Have a gorgeous day!
This was an amazing post, jammed pack with so many tips! Thanks for posting
Thank you Ashley! I love to empower you guys with all of the info and tips that I can. I really glad you liked it. Hope that you have the chance to treat yourself to some. It’s amazing how a few simple ingredients that we often have in our kitchens can do so much for our skin, isn’t it? Hope you have a fantastic day!