When we hear the word coffee, the first thing that comes to mind is waking up and energizing the senses. But did you know that it can also be used to create skincare products—like scrubs? Ground coffee provides a physical exfoliant with numerous skincare benefits.
So, What Are Coffee Scrubs?
Coffee scrubs use coffee granules or finely ground particles to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells. Being a type of physical exfoliator, it uses abrasive ingredients to buff off dead cells.
The Benefits of Coffee Scrubs
Aside from being an excellent exfoliator (revealing your fresh, radiant skin), the caffeine in the coffee provides ample benefits.
Due to its antioxidant content, coffee scrubs can help reduce inflammation and redness in acne-prone individuals. Coffee, which contains significant antioxidants, is an effective anti-inflammatory and is ideal for oily skin throughout the summer. If you’ve been scared to try coffee scrubs because of acne, don’t be. They can truly enhance the appearance of your skin.
Caffeine delivers a burst of antioxidants antioxidant properties, which may slow DNA damage-induced aging and protect sun-exposed skin from aging, similar to berries, tea, chocolate, and wine.
Using coffee as an exfoliator helps remove dead skin cells, increase blood flow, and promote glowing skin by sloughing away dead skin cells.
Coffee antioxidants revive dull skin by pulling nutrients into pores, restoring a fatigued appearance. These benefits are as instant as a morning cup of coffee.
Improves Tired Eyes
When applied to the skin, caffeine and coffee components have a diuretic effect, lowering eye swelling and weariness by decreasing fluid retention.
Can Coffee Scrubs Be Used On All Skin Types?
Avoid physical scrubs if you have sensitive skin or if you have a condition like eczema or psoriasis. Coffee and sugar scrubs are less abrasive than salt-based scrubs, but if applied appropriately, coffee scrubs including soothing components such as glycerin, ceramides, and shea butter should be well tolerated by most people.
Adding a Coffee Scrub to Your Routine
To effectively use a coffee scrub, apply it one to two times per week to avoid over-exfoliation, skin irritation, and sensitivity. Apply light pressure to avoid abrasiveness and irritation. After using, apply a moisturizer to maintain hydration and calmness.
Our Top Picks
Original Coffee Scrub
The Original coffee scrub is a natural, vegan product that effectively addresses breakouts, scars, cellulite, and stretch marks. Its blend of coffee, cold-pressed sweet almond oil, and vitamin E leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Key ingredients include Brazilian coffee grinds for exfoliation, cold-pressed sweet almond oil for antioxidant protection, vitamin E for skin protection, and sea salt for exfoliation and anti-bacterial properties.
One reviewer calls it a perfect wake up. “This exfoliant is the perfect morning pick-me-up! Smells AMAZING and does it’s job well. I really enjoyed rubbing down with this before shaving my legs and the results were amazing! I received this product free for my review.” With another saying; “Love this stuff. Used it many many years ago and was excited to see it in Ulta recently. Tried it again and it was everything I remembered. Super exfoliating and left my skin feeling super soft and moisturized. You will get the grounds everywhere tho”
This smoothing scrub mask is a refreshing gel that warms into a creamy formula, containing soothing oat extract, coffee grounds, and coffee seed extract. It hydrates the skin, opens pores, and gently buffs away dead skin, resulting in soft, vibrant skin. Key ingredients include coffee seed extract, cocoa extract, and oat extract, all of which are high in antioxidants and free from parabens and sulfates.
For one buyer she says, “I recently tried a TONYMOLY mask that combines two of my favorite things: coffee and skincare! I’ve used other products from this brand before, but this mask was new to me. The formula is incredibly rich and creamy, and the scent of coffee is so invigorating, especially when used in the morning. When you apply it, make sure to work the dark brown mask into your skin and it will transform into a foamy latte color. Let it set for 10-15 minutes, then easily wash it off. As I washed it off, I could feel it gently exfoliating and cleansing my skin. It left my face feeling awake, refreshed, and nourished. I highly recommend this! I received this complimentary from TONYMOLY for my honest review.”