10 DIY Coffee Scrub Recipes To Try At Home For Smoother Skin

Next time, do not throw away the coffee grounds and try these DIY recipes instead.

Medically Reviewed by Dr Jovana Majstorovic, MD
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

A warm cup of coffee in the morning is perfect for waking up your senses. However, do you know it can also work as a pick-me-up for your skin? Well, a DIY coffee scrub can be your way to refreshing and bright skin. Coffee scrubs smell heavenly and feel equally good on your skin. They are mild, exfoliate your skin gently, make it soft and smooth, and remove dry patches. So, next time, do not throw away the coffee grounds. Instead, use them to prepare coffee scrubs. Scroll down to check out a few recipes.

Benefits Of A Coffee Scrub

1. Sloughs Off Dead Skin Cells

And reveals new, brighter, and smoother skin underneath. Using a coffee scrub all over your body and face during the shower automatically makes your skin soft to touch. Not to mention the invigorating aroma of coffee – it is enough to awaken your senses.

2. Helps In Improving Circulation

A coffee face/body scrub improves circulation to different body parts. Improved circulation means your cells are getting more oxygen and nutrients, which, in turn, makes your skin glow.

3. Tightens The Skin

Coffee is an excellent scrub – it clears all the dirt and dead cells from the skin and boosts cell regeneration. Scrubbing not only improves the appearance of your skin but also tightens it. The cell regeneration process also helps in reducing dark spots and uneven skin tone.

4. Prevents Aging

Exposure to UV rays causes photoaging, but applying a coffee scrub to your face can reverse that. A study found that coffee grounds had a protective effect on the skin. It prevents wrinkles and fine lines and protects your skin from photoaging (1).

5. Reduces Cellulite

Yes. Coffee helps in eliminating the appearance of cellulite on your skin. A study found that caffeine could aid cellulite reduction when applied topically to different body parts (2).

Now that you know the benefits of coffee for your skin, check out these simple coffee body and face scrub recipes.

10 DIY Coffee Scrub Recipes

  1. Coffee And Sugar Scrub
  2. Coffee And Coconut Oil Scrub
  3. Coffee And Honey Face Scrub
  4. Coffee And Brown Sugar Scrub
  5. Coffee And Cinnamon Full Body Scrub
  6. Coffee And Banana Feet And Legs Scrub
  7. Coffee And Green Tea Scrub
  8. Coffee And Shea Butter Body Scrub
  9. Coffee And Aloe Vera Scrub
  10. Coffee And Rose Water Scrub

1. Coffee And Sugar Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
Method
  1. Put all the ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well.
  2. Use it to scrub your face and body during the shower.
  3. Store the rest in a glass jar and use within a month.
Why This Works

Coffee tightens the skin and is an excellent exfoliant while olive oil helps in keeping the skin nourished and moisturized. This scrub contains antioxidants that boost skin health and keep it glowing.

2. Coffee And Coconut Oil Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds (use fresh coffee grounds)
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Method
  1. In a glass bowl, mix all the ingredients.Use the mixture to scrub your face and body. Let it sit for 1-15 minutes.Wash it off in the shower.
Why This Works

Coffee removes dead skin cells, and lemon juice brightens your skin. Yogurt and coconut oil nourish and moisturize your skin. This scrub is incredibly refreshing and makes your skin soft and smooth.

3. Coffee And Honey Face Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • 3 tablespoons yogurt (or whole milk)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Method
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spread the mixture on your face and other body parts.
  3. Massage gently for 10 minutes. Let it sit for a while.
  4. Wash it off.
Why This Works

This face pack is extremely nourishing. It not only soothes the skin but also calms it down. Honey has antibacterial properties that have a healing effect on your skin. It also locks in moisture and, along with yogurt (or milk), keeps your skin nourished.

[Read: DIY Coconut Oil And Sugar Scrub]

4. Coffee And Brown Sugar Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon coffee grounds
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
Method
  1. Mix the coffee and brown sugar in a bowl
  2. Pour oil into it and blend (adjust the consistency).
  3. Massage this mixture on your face and neck in a circular motion.
  4. Scrub for not more than 10 minutes and then wash off.
Why This Works

Almond oil and coffee renew the cell regeneration process. Almond oil also helps in eliminating dark spots and keeping the skin bright. This scrub is incredibly refreshing after you are back from a hectic day at work.

5. Coffee And Cinnamon Full Body Scrub

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You Will Need
  • ½ cup coffee ground
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Method
  1. Melt the coconut oil (if it is solid).
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl and let the mixture cool down a bit.
  3. Make sure that the coffee doesn’t dissolve completely in the oil.
  4. Store the mixture in an airtight jar and apply all over your body during the shower.
  5. Scrub for no longer than 10-15 minutes.
Why This Works

The ingredients in the body scrub exfoliate dead skin cells gently and make your skin look healthy after the first use. Coffee eliminates excess oil while cinnamon has antibacterial properties that keep infections and irritation at bay.

6. Coffee And Banana Feet And Legs Scrub

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You Will Need
  • ¼ cup coffee grounds
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup kosher salt
Method
  1. Mash the banana and mix all the ingredients in it. Blend well.
  2. Apply all over your legs and feet.
  3. Massage gently for 15 minutes.
  4. Leave it on for 10 more minutes and then wash with warm water.
Why This Works

Want to keep your feet pretty? Then, this scrub is all they need. Banana can be a bit messy, but it makes the skin on your feet smooth, and the coffee grounds slough away the dead skin cells. Kosher salt kills bacteria and leaves your feet refreshed.

7. Coffee And Green Tea Scrub

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You Will Need
  • ½ cup coffee ground
  • 3 teaspoons Epsom salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tea bag (green tea)
  • 4 tablespoon jojoba oil
Method
  1. Brew the tea.Mix all the ingredients, except the oil and tea, in a bowl.Add the green tea and oil while adjusting the consistency.
  2. Mix it well and apply all over your body.
  3. Massage for 10-15 minutes and let it stay for another 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off with water.
Why This Works

This scrub has therapeutic benefits. Green tea contains antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for your skin. Epsom salt not only relieves inflammation but also eases pain and sore muscles. Using this scrub on your foot will also eliminate foot odor.

8. Coffee And Shea Butter Body Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
Method
  1. Melt the coconut oil and add shea butter to it. Mix well.
  2. Add the other ingredients and blend.
  3. Apply the mixture to your face and body and scrub gently.
  4. Do it for 10 minutes and then wash it off.
  5. Pat your skin dry.
Why This Works

Coffee acts as an astringent for your skin while shea butter is loaded with vitamins A, D, and E that keep your skin moisturized. This scrub is great for irritated skin. The smell of peppermint oil will make you feel energized after a shower.

9. Coffee And Aloe Vera Scrub

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You Will Need
  • ¼ cup coffee grounds
  • 3 tablespoons aloe vera gel
Method
  1. Mix both the ingredients.
  2. Apply the scrub to your face or body and massage for 10 minutes.
  3. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash it off.
Why This Works

Aloe vera is extremely soothing and calming. It hydrates your skin and helps it feel relaxed. A good massage with this scrub stimulates the cells and gives your skin a healthy and natural glow.

10. Coffee And Rose Water Scrub

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You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 2 teaspoons juniper seed oil
Method
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face and body and massage.
  3. Leave it on for 10 or 15 minutes before you wash it off.
  4. Use lukewarm water.
Why This Works

Juniper seed oil has antiseptic properties. This scrub helps in preventing skin infections and rashes. Using it regularly makes your skin firm and smooth.

Infographic: Dos And Don’ts Of Scrubs

A DIY coffee scrub is an excellent way to remove dead cells, improve circulation, and slow down signs of aging. You can mix coffee with natural ingredients such as sugar, aloe vera, or honey to keep your skin healthy and glowing. We have provided some tips to keep in mind when using a scrub.

Check out the infographic below to know more.

dos & don'ts of scrubs [infographic]

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Coffee is not just a great pick-me-up in the morning, but it also has plenty of benefits for your skin. Making your own DIY coffee scrub with natural ingredients at home is healthy for your skin in the long run. Incorporating homemade coffee scrubs into your skincare routine will remove dead skin, improve blood circulation, tighten your skin, and slow down aging. You can make your coffee scrub with simple ingredients such as sugar, honey, aloe vera, or shea butter to leave you with smooth, glowing, and healthy skin. You can use these recipes once a week. Also, always do a patch test 24 hours before applying it for a specific purpose. Ensure you wear sunscreen regularly to get the best results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does coffee scrub damage your skin?

No, coffee scrub does not damage your skin as long as you do not overuse it or scrub your skin too harshly.

Can I use DIY coffee scrub every day?

Excessive coffee scrubbing, massaging, and exfoliating can cause skin damage. Therefore, it is best not to do it every day. Instead, you can use the scrub two times a week.

Sources

  1. “Topical Application of Spent Coffee..”, Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, NCBI
  2. “Evaluation of the Efficacy..”, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, NCBI
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