Stimulating Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

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••• The caffeine in a home-made coffee body scrub is an anti-cellulite ingredient. Getty Images: Plesea Petre

This invigorating home-made coffee body scrub exfoliates your skin, wakes you up and just might help with cellulite.  The caffeine in the coffee stimulates circulation, and the antioxidants in the coffee and the coconut also nourish your skin.   I recommend using fresh coffee rather than used coffee grounds, as it will deliver a higher dose of caffeine and be more aromatic.  

Coffee has a number of benefits for the skin.

 First,  caffeine is a diuretic that removes water from your fat cells, causing cellulite to appear diminished.   It constricts the blood vessels under the skin, reducing  swelling and puffiness.  Because it's stimulating treatment, this is a good daytime scrub.    Alert: it will likely be a little messier than a pure salt or sugar scrub, which dissolves in your bathtub. 

Caffeine also has several properties that are good for your skin, doing everything from diminishing under-eye circles, reducing inflammation and redness, and doing away with cellulite.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup fresh organic ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, preferably a rubber mixing bowl that is non-porous, oil-resistant, and easy-to-clean. Mix well, using a clean spoon or a jumbo wooden craft stick if you have it.  That's it!  Don't use it on cut, sunburned or sensitive skin.

If you want to take the aroma up a notch, you can always add a dash of cinnamon or vanilla.  This recipe makes enough for two body scrubs.  Grab your partner and have some fun!   Or store the extra in the refrigerator and use within the week.

How To Use Your Home-made Coffee Body Scrub

Once your coffee body scrub is made, you can take it right to the bathroom and add a few extras like candles to turn your home body scrub into a nurturing at-home spa experience.

 Here are my top tips for giving yourself a great body scrub at home. 

  • Put a towel on the side of your empty tub and sit on it, with your legs inside the tub.  Put a small amount of the coffee scrub on one part of your dry body -- your lower leg, for instance -- and rub. The abrasiveness of the sugar will start to remove the dead skin cells.

  • Spend a minute or two on each body part. If you do it too quickly, you won't get the results.  

  • While seated, scrub your legs (front and back), arms (both sides and underarms), shoulders, back of neck, décolletage, and belly.  Move your hand in a clockwise position on your belly, and go lightly on the delicate skin of your breasts. 

  • Stand up to work on your behind, back and sides.  It is almost impossible to reach the center of your back, so you can either ask someone to help or use long-handled skin brush. This is a good time to wipe away loose scrub so it falls into the tub.

  • Sit back down on the towel and finish by giving your feet a good scrub. 

  • Now it's time to rinse off the scrub with water.  Start by rinsing your feet while you're seated so you don't slip in the tub.   Stand up, shake any sugar crystals off the towel into the tub, then place it outside the tub.  Step outside the tub to get your shower started.

  • When the water is the right temperature, step in and let the water wash off the residue while your rub your body. Check under your arms, your breasts, your neckline and around your behind. You definitely want every little bit of sugar off before you step out of the shower and dry off.

  • Even in the shower you'll be able to tell that your skin is softer and smoother.

  • Don't use soap.  That will wash the hydrating oil off your skin. 

  • Be careful to check the bottom of your tub to make sure there is no greasy residue you or someone else could slip on.