I’m not a big coffee drinker, although I’ve warmed up to it since I started working full time. Some days it feels like a necessity, and in moderation, coffee can be good for you. I’ve always heard that coffee and caffeine are great for your skin as well, so I did a little research. Coffee grounds or espresso powder have exfoliating properties that make them great for your skin! Using a skin scrub with espresso or coffee grounds can help scrub away dead skin without chemicals and improve your circulation.
Although it’s not a permanent solution, a good espresso sugar scrub can reduce the appearance of cellulite temporarily, so it’s a great product to rub on your legs and bottom before a trip to the beach. Bonus: it smells amazing!
- 1/4 cup espresso powder (or ground coffee)
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 tbs nutmeg
- 1/2 tbs cinnamon
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix in the olive oil with a fork until it’s well-mixed. Then move the mixture to a sealable container and decorate if you want. Mine actually didn’t separate like I thought it would, but some sugar scrubs separate a little and you just need to mix it up a little before applying to your skin.
Rub the sugar scrub on problem areas with special attention to extra dry areas like elbows and feet. Once you’ve massaged it into your skin, brush off the excess sugar onto newspaper or into a trashcan if you can to avoid all of the sugar running down your drain. Depending on how much of the scrub you use (you only need a little at a time), a little down your drain won’t matter.
Now you’ll have pretty exfoliated skin! Put the espresso sugar scrub into a cute container with a homemade label, and it’ll make a perfect gift, or keep it for yourself and still make yourself a fancy label. You’ll never know it was homemade, and best of all, chemical free. Enjoy!