Exfoliating your skin regularly is not only a great way to feel pampered, but it can also do wonders for your skin! I have personally noticed that when I exfoliate my skin regularly, I am much less prone to blemishes and my skin feels more youthful and glowy.
This DIY coffee scrub contains simple ingredients that are likely already in your home. I think it’s so important to be mindful of the products that we put on our skin. Our skin is our largest organ and can absorb the products that it comes in contact with. This coffee scrub contains: ground coffee, sweet almond oil, sugar, vitamin e oil and essential oil.
Here are some potential skin benefits of each ingredient:
Coffee grounds provide a natural exfoliant which also provides an amazing smell that can help wake you up in the morning. Exfoliating your skin regularly helps remove dead skin cells that can clog your pores. It also helps to encourage cell turnover (hello new and beautiful skin!) and increases blood flow which helps to nourish the skin. Coffee also contains antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from sun damage.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
Applying oils to skin is not only extremely moisturizing, but it can also provide protective and antibacterial qualities. Almond oil has a lighter texture than some other oils which is great for using on the face. “Oil cleansing” can help lift excess sebum, the oily substance produced by glands your skin, and clean out clogged pores, pollutants, and even makeup.
Most of us already know how amazing Vitamin E is for our skin. Not only is it moisturizing, but it’s also a nutrient that helps protect our skin against sun damage. It can also promote wound healing and help diminish scarring which is great for those with acne prone skin. Vitamin E can also help reduce the signs of aging.
Not only do essential oils provide a lovely smell, but they can also provide therapeutic benefits. Many essential oils provide antibacterial properties and mood enhancing benefits. I personally love using sweet orange oil for this scrub because it provides an energizing smell which can help wake you up in the morning.
Like coffee, sugar is another great exfoliator. Because sugar consists of small granules, it is generally gentler on the skin. Sugar is also a natural humectant, meaning it helps to preserve moisture. So when you apply products containing sugar to the skin, it can help hydrate and reduce the loss of moisture. Lastly, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that penetrates the skin and encourages cell turnover and promotes firmness.
I hope you enjoy this coffee scrub as much as I do!
DIY COFFEE SCRUB
1/2 cup ground coffee (preferably organic)
1/4-1/3 cup sweet almond oil (or substitute with avocado oil or jojoba oil)
2 Tbsp sugar (coconut or cane sugar)
2 capsules of vitamin E oil (I like this brand: https://amzn.to/2VKvXRP)
10-15 drops of essential oil (I like to use orange oil)
In a shallow airtight jar, mix together all ingredients thoroughly. When adding in the vitamin E, pierce the capsule with a pin or thumbtack then squeeze contents into coffee scrub mixture. If mixture is too dry, add in more oil of choice until you reach your desired consistency.
Gently rub the mixture over your face and body -- avoid areas around the eyes. Leave it on for several minutes then rinse thoroughly.
Store leftover coffee scrub the fridge (to prevent mold) and use the rest within two weeks.
*This coffee scrub is best used while in the shower as it can be a tad messy. Also please be careful of eyes. If you have sensitive skin, please test on a small area of skin first. If you plan to use it on your face, people with sensitive skin may want to leave the essentials oils out of the scrub recipe as there is a chance they can be irritating. Do not over-exfoliate as it can also cause irritation.