I always insist on proper skincare for both men and women, as this is the largest organ on your body. It is responsible for protecting you from infections and germs. Did you know that throughout your life your skin will change constantly? Your skin cells regenerate approximately every 27 days; proper skincare is therefore essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ. Exfoliating is the removal of old, dead skin cells on the outermost surface of the skin. This process can be done physically (using scrubs or dry brushing) or chemically (using chemical exfoliants that are safe for the skin)
If you have sensitive or Acne prone skin, you may want to choose chemical exfoliants (anything with AHA-Alpha Hydroxyl Acid) that will help to slough off dead skin cells. Exfoliating is a process that should be done at the very least once a month, just as your skin cells are regenerating. Most of us know about exfoliating but we often stick to just exfoliating the face. A full body scrub should be an essential part of your skin care routine. You don’t even have to visit a spa for this.
Here is an easy DIY coffee scrub that is packed with all sorts of benefits for your skin.
What is a coffee scrub?
If you are a coffee lover then I have good news for you, turns out that coffee is not only a refreshing wake-me-up drink, but it’s also good for your skin. These claims stem from the fact that coffee has a high antioxidant capacity and that the caffeine content can actually help to improve circulation. A coffee is scrub is a simple scrub made of coffee grounds and other ingredients that help with mechanical exfoliation. It is often offered as a spa treatment but is also very easy to make.
Benefits of a coffee scrub
Glowing skin: Due to its slightly coarse nature, coffee makes an excellent exfoliate. The coffee granules help to slough away dead skin cells, increase blood flow and stimulate lymphatic drainage all of which are important for achieving glowing skin and removing toxins. Skin that has improved circulation becomes more uniform in appearance, has a radiant glow and is softer to touch.
Packed with antioxidants: Coffee is rich in polyphenols; a group of powerful antioxidants found in berries, dark chocolate and wine. These antioxidants work to fight free radicals and slow down the process of ageing. Another secret weapon found in a coffee scrub is caffeine. It has been known to tighten your skin giving it a firm appearance, fight pre-mature ageing and sunspots. Coffee grounds can also temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Consider doing a quick coffee body scrub before wearing your bikini to the beach.
You can read all about cellulite here.
Brightens the skin: When making your own DIY coffee scrub, another useful ingredient you will need is sugar. Sugar contains glycolic acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin, exfoliating and brightening up your skin tone. The combination of coffee and sugar can help revive dull, tired skin by ushering needed nutrients into your pores. Also thanks to the caffeine content, topical java can quickly brighten your complexion when used as a mask or scrub.
Repairs UV damage: Planning to soak up in the sun this holiday season? Well, unfortunately that comes with an unwanted sun tan or even sun damage. You can easily repair this with a simple coffee scrub. This scrub can help foster new cell turnover and rid your skin of that unwanted sun tan.
Here are other ways to get rid of a sun tan.
DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe
½ cup coffee
½ cup brown sugar – a little coarser for body scrubs
1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil
How to Use
- Wet your skin first before scrubbing to avoid exfoliation micro-tears.
- Apply the scrub and rub into the skin in circles. Use a pressure that is firm but not too hard to avoid irritating the skin.
- Once you’ve applied the scrub all over your body, let it dry on your skin for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Make sure to rinse off with warm water to get rid of the coconut oil/olive oil residue. You will immediately notice how smooth your skin feels.
- You can use this diy coffee scrub on your face as either a scrub or mask. We wouldn’t recommend it because it may be too harsh for the face. However, if you do want to use it be careful not to get too close to the delicate areas around your eyes.