I’d like to start this post with a little poem I like to call “Every morning”. It goes a little something like this: “Coffee, coffee, everyone shut up, coffee”.
Profound, isn’t it?
But while coffee is a morning non-negotiable for most of us, it also happens to be a pretty kick arse beauty additive.
It’s safe to say that coffee body scrubs are really enjoying their time in the sun. Everywhere I turn there’s another brand bringing out another coffee scrub.
And who can blame them? They help to exfoliate and smooth winter skin you’ve been hibernating in all winter. They also deeply moisturise, leaving you soft as a baby’s behind.
Not only does coffee tighten and provide antioxidants to the skin but it has also been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
But dollars are precious, yeah? And while there are some awesome commercial body scrubs out there, it’s also cool to know that you can make your own DIY coffee body scrub for a fraction of the price athome. (Great for those weeks when you accidentally purchase half of ASOS on a midnight online shopping binge).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ground up coffee - approx one cup
- Sea salt or white sugar- I like to start with a quarter of a cup and add more if necessary. This is really a matter of personal choice and it depends on how ‘grainy’ you’d like your scrub to be. Personally I prefer to have a lot of ‘grit’ in my exfoliants so I usually add a fair bit more sea salt to my mixture.
- Coconut Oil - six tablespoons.
Firstly, whack your dry ingredients in a large bowl and give them a mix.
Next, add your coconut oil (it needs a liquid consistency) and mix it in with the dry ingredients.
Mix well using a metal spoon or fork.
And that’s it. See, I told you it was easy!
The scrub works best if you stand in the shower without the water running and massage it in small sections all over your body. That way you can grab handfuls of it and you don’t have to worry about it going everywhere.
In case you missed it, coffee scrubs are extremely popular. Post continues after gallery.
If you’re keen to make some of the scrub in advance it does keep well provided you use an air tight container and keep it out of extreme temperatures and direct sunlight.
Everyone's skin is different, what works for me might not work for you. So use caution and do a patch test on your skin before really going for it.
The best bit about it? You get to smell like a tropical barista. Mmmm.