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Your skin is the most exposed part of the body. It picks up a lot of dirt, germs, makeup, smoke, and other environmental toxins daily. It is a self-regenerating organ that routinely sheds dead cells from the surface and makes new ones to replace them.
Under the skin, there are multiple oil glands that secrete sebum to keep it moisturized. But hormonal, environmental, and other factors can also trigger an overproduction of sebum, which then rises through the pores to the skin’s surface.
All these impurities accumulate in the skin pores over time and provide fodder to skin bacteria that multiply and trigger skin infections such as acne. Moreover, the buildup of dead cells and oil on the skin can make it look increasingly dull, greasy, and tired.
Consistent skin care from your twenties is the best way to keep it young, healthy, and glowing for longer. This entails regular cleansing, moisturizing, and toning of the skin along with gentle exfoliation every few days.
Ground coffee is an excellent exfoliating agent that gently removes impurities that clog the pores and allows the skin to breathe. The coffee granules don’t dissolve easily in water and have a mild scrubbing action that does not irritate the skin.
Homemade coffee scrubs help remove dead cells, oil, and grime from the top layer of the skin to make it smooth, soft, and shiny. Below are some skin-rejuvenating coffee scrubs for you to try.
Know Your Ingredients
These are the key ingredients used in the homemade scrubs along with their respective skin benefits:
Coffee is the star ingredient of these scrubs. It works as a gentle exfoliant to slough off the superficial layers of dead skin and to reveal fresh new skin from underneath.
Massaging your face with coffee granules helps draw out the gunk clogging your pores and stimulate blood circulation under the skin. This deep cleansing action helps remove the excess oil from your skin so that it attracts less dirt and looks fresh.
Plus, coffee is credited with anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce facial puffiness and dark circles. (1) It is also loaded with antioxidants that help repair and prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals and UV radiation. (2)
Moreover, coffee is known to aid the production of collagen and elastin, the two main structural proteins found in the skin. Collagen gives your skin its volume and strength, while elastin is responsible for maintaining its shape. Together, they keep the skin young and supple.
Exfoliating your skin often leaves it dry, but adding honey to your scrub can help take care of that problem.
Being a natural humectant, honey not only imparts moisture to your parched skin but also seals it for long-lasting hydration.
Honey also exhibits significant anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties that can help disinfect, protect, and heal your skin. In fact, honey is a commonly used ingredient for treating acne breakouts and scarring. (3)
3. Aloe vera
Like honey, aloe vera is also a natural moisturizer that has many other skin-healing benefits to its credit. This water-rich gel is readily absorbed to deeply hydrate the skin without making it dry, which is a major bonus for people with naturally oily skin.
Plus, aloe vera is full of skin-nourishing multivitamins, including vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, all of which help repair various forms of skin damage as well as diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (4)
Yogurt is widely used in beauty remedies for its various skin-healing benefits. It is deeply hydrating and exhibits antimicrobial activity that helps fight acne and other skin infections.
Thus, applying yogurt to your face can help facilitate skin regeneration to reduce the visibility of premature signs of aging, blemishes, and discoloration over time.
The B vitamins found in yogurt can further enhance this process and mildly bleach the skin to impart a natural glow.
5. Coconut oil
The fatty acids found in coconut oil not only moisturize your skin but also form a thick barrier over it to prevent transepidermal water loss and to protect against external irritants.
Coconut oil is also replete with linoleic acid, which is known to soothe irritated skin, including acne-prone skin. It also contains lauric acid, whose antimicrobial properties can help kill the acne-causing bacteria on the skin and curb inflammation. (8)
DIY Coffee Scrub Recipes
The following do-it-yourself coffee face scrubs will help give a radiant glow to your skin and should be given a try.
Disclaimer: Rigorously scrubbing your face with coffee granules can be too abrasive and can render your sensitive skin irritated or damaged. So, it is important to always scrub your face with gentle, circular hand motions in an upward direction.
1. Ground coffee and yogurt facial scrub
- ¼ teaspoon ground coffee
- 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
How to prepare
- Put the ground coffee in a bowl.
- Add the yogurt to the bowl but only after removing the excess water from it so that the scrub doesn’t become too runny.
- Mix the ingredients well to make a smooth paste.
How to use
- Use your fingers to gently massage the scrub all over your face and neck in circular, upward motions, preferably for 2–3 minutes.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes so that the goodness of all the ingredients trickles in.
- Rinse well with warm water to reveal brighter and softer skin.
- Use this scrub once or twice a week for best results.
2. Ground coffee and coconut oil facial scrub
- ½ cup medium coarsely ground coffee (fresh, if possible)
- ¼ cup coconut oil (preferably extra virgin coconut oil)
How to prepare
- Mix both the ingredients in a bowl until you get the required consistency.
How to use
- Gently apply and massage the scrub into the skin in circular, upward motions for 3 minutes.
- Wash your face with plain water and pat it dry.
Note: Applying coconut oil to your skin for too long can clog your pores. For this reason, you are advised not to leave this mask on and to wash it off thoroughly after scrubbing to remove any trace of coconut oil from your skin.
3. Ground coffee and honey facial scrub
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of grounded coffee
How to prepare
- Thoroughly mix both the ingredients in a bowl to make a paste.
How to use
- Gently massage your face with the scrub.
- Let it sit on your face for about 10 minutes.
- Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.
4. Ground coffee and aloe vera gel facial scrub
- 1 teaspoon of ground coffee
- 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel
How to prepare
- Mix both the ingredients in a clean bowl to make a thick smooth paste.
How to use
- Gently massage this coffee scrub on your face and neck in circular, upward motions, preferably for 4–5 minutes.
- Leave it on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Caution: Different people have different skin types, and some can react negatively to the natural ingredients used in these scrubs. You may also have allergies that you are not aware of.
So, it’s recommended to patch test the scrub on the underside of your arm before applying it to your face. If you notice any burning or irritation after the patch test or after applying the scrub to your face, wash it off right away.
- You can add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, turmeric, or honey to these scrubs for added skin benefits.
- You can use store-bought coffee grounds or make your own by grinding regular coffee beans at home. Ground the coffee to such an extent that its granules become sharp enough to exfoliate without being too abrasive. You can control the sharpness of your homemade coffee grounds to suit your skin type.
Your facial skin is thinner and more delicate than that of the body and has to be handled with extra care. Aggressive scrubbing with harsh exfoliants can damage, irritate, and dry out your skin.
Coffee granules are only mildly abrasive and can deeply cleanse the skin pores without being too rough on the skin.
Commercial scrubs, by contrast, are often too abrasive and contain chemicals that can strip the moisture from your skin and damage it in the long run.
Another advantage that coffee has over commercial scrubs is that it’s readily available in most kitchens, so you don’t have to waste any money or have a trip to the grocery store to get it.