Are Coffee Scrubs Good for Your Skin?

Coffee grounds act as a natural exfoliate, which is great for those looking to refresh and rejuvenate their skin while creating a delectable aroma. And, while we think Colombian coffee is the best kind of coffee around, it’s true of coffee grown all around the world.

Whether you’ve got extra coffee grounds lying around or simply want a more natural approach to your skincare routine, a coffee scrub can provide several benefits, among them being improved texture and circulation as well as temporary cellulite reduction. The best part? You’ve got the ingredients for the scrub right in your own home!

Exfoliate Your Skin

Mechanical exfoliation is the process of using a tool to gently brush away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin without the use of chemicals. Coffee grounds act as a mechanical exfoliating agent, aiding in loosening the skin cells to reveal the vibrant, healthy skin underneath. Exfoliating with coffee grounds improves circulation while exfoliating, leaving you with glowing skin.


Coffee is hailed around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties. The caffeine along with antioxidants such as polyphenols and hydrocinnamic acids create a blend that can help soothe puffy, red skin and help reduce the risk of breakouts caused by the inflammation. Due to the lightly coarse texture of the grounds, exfoliating with coffee has the power to reduce inflammation and clear dead skin away in the process.

Increase Blood Flow

Although research is more limited in this aspect, coffee has been shown to increase blood flow and stimulate lymph drainage if massaged into various parts of the body. We assume this can be attributed to the ability to stimulate cell growth through the exfoliation and that the caffeine helps remove toxins from the body.

Reduce Dark Circles

We told you caffeine was good for you! That’s right, caffeine reduces dark circles under your eyes when applied topically. How? Studies have shown that the caffeine in the coffee grounds applied under your eyes can “increase the microcirculation of blood in the skin,” effectively pushing along stagnant blood from dark, tired eyes.

Reduce Cellulite

A full-body coffee scrub can actually reduce cellulite, and it’s all got to do with caffeine. Compounds like methylxanthine that are found in caffeine have a diuretic effect and can lead to a reduction in swollen tissues due to excess fluid retention. And, studies have shown that massaging coffee grounds, or agents with caffeine, into the body “caused a reduction of 17% on the diameter of the fatty cells compared with the control.” It appears that using the caffeine as a scrub was found to promote the lipolytic action on fatty tissue, acting as a complement to treat cellulite.

The Verdict

Yep, coffee scrubs seem to be pretty beneficial for your skin. Next time you’ve got a little leftover Roasted Tales grounds in your kitchen, don’t let it go to waste! Or, you can sign up for a coffee delivery today and save a little just for your face. However you decide to consume your coffee, rest assured knowing it’s benefiting you and your body.



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