This Is The Key To Making The Best Coffee Scrub In Your Own Kitchen

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As influencers post about fancy product after fancy product that make their skin look immaculate overnight, it’s tough to remain calm about your own skin woes (and the budget you have available to tend to them). But we have a little secret we want to let you in on: You don’t have to go broke in the name of beautiful skin. In fact, one of your best solutions is already chilling in your kitchen right now.

Yep, we’re talking about post-brew coffee grounds. Those little bits of beans are full of antioxidants that nourish and protect your skin, as well as caffeine that tightens your capillaries and brightens your complexion. No matter what body part needs exfoliating, coffee grounds will get the job done without costing you any more cash than you already spent to brew the cup in the first place.

But the key to making a truly nourishing coffee scrub comes down to the specific beans you buy.

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You wouldn’t reach for a pesticide-ridden apple for a snack, right? Nah, you want to skip over those harmful chemicals so your body can reap as much nutrition from the fruit as possible. Well, the same goes for good old coffee beans. The sourcing really matters. Because no one wants to unintentionally scrub chemicals into their skin while trying to do something good and healthy for themselves.

When coffee bean shopping, you don’t have to break the bank, but you do need to reach beyond the basic can of Folger’s and find yourself a bag of whole, certified Fair Trade (and maybe even organic) beans. The price doesn’t matter, nor does the country of origin. Just focus on how the beans were grown and harvested to ensure that you’re working with a quality ingredient.

Then, decide what kind of exfoliation you’re going for and grind the beans accordingly. For example, a finer, espresso-style ground will be kinder to your facial skin while a coarser ground will effectively tend to rough knees and elbows. Both can be brewed for an excellent morning cup of coffee first.

The Only DIY Coffee Scrub You’ll Ever Need

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Now that you know how to pick the right beans and right grind for you, follow this super simple recipe for your very own DIY coffee scrub. Your home will have all of the spa vibes you need in no time.


  • 1/2 cup ground coffee beans of choice
  • 1/2 cup high-quality sea salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Fun fact: Using sea salt instead of brown sugar gives your skin a healthy mineral boost as well.


Mix all three ingredients in a bowl so that the oil is fully blended through the grounds and the salt. Use as much as you need wherever you need, gently massaging the mixture onto the skin in a circular motion. Rinse with tepid water, pat dry and moisturize accordingly. Store the remaining scrub in an air-tight container in your bathroom cabinet for your next exfoliation session!


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