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Coffee can provide quite an invigorating boost to our mornings – for many of us, the scent alone can perk us up! But before you toss out those leftover coffee grounds after making your morning brew, consider saving them to make a DIY body scrub. It’s the perfect way to treat yourself or a loved one for the holidays!
Turns out, leftover coffee grounds work amazingly well when it comes to exfoliating your whole body – especially rougher areas like the feet. Add in coconut oil for extra hydration, and you’ve got the perfect multi-tasking scrub for winter (and in fact, all-year round). You can also add sugar for even more intense exfoliation (though I’d hold off if you’re going to use it on the face). Now let’s talk benefits!
- Coffee is rich in antioxidants. It also contains caffeine, which supposedly helps skin look smoother, firmer, and more toned, and may even reduce the appearance of cellulite. The coffee grounds themselves work as an excellent exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and smoothing dry, rough skin, while also stimulating the skin and improving blood flow for healthy cell turnover. Plus it has an invigorating scent that’s perfect for a morning boost!
- Coconut oil helps lock in moisture, and is also antibacterial and antifungal.
- Pure cane sugar (unrefined white) is good for all skin types, and contains some essential nutrients to feed the skin.
DIY Coconut Coffee Scrub
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups ground coffee
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (try to use cold pressed and unrefined for maximum benefits)
- Optional: 1/4 cup raw cane sugar (or brown sugar, if your skin is sensitive)
- Small to medium sized jar
(Try to buy everything organic, if possible.)
- Place the ground coffee in a medium-sized bowl.
- Start adding coconut oil, one spoonful at a time. (No need to melt it.)
- Mix the two together by pressing your spoon down to spread it around the bowl. Keep adding oil until the consistency is somewhat sandy, not soupy.
- Add your sugar (optional).
- Once mixed, store in a sealed jar for up to 2 months.
To use: At the end of showering, pat the skin dry a bit and then rub the scrub in circular motions all over the body. Rinse well. I find it works best after soaking in the tub for at least 20 minutes. This will loosen the skin to help the scrub work at its best, leaving your skin soft and supple. (Note: Be sure to use this with hot water so that it doesn’t clog up your drain!)
Recommend usage: 2 – 4 times a week (less if you’re mixing in sugar, as it provides a slightly more intense exfoliation than coffee grounds)
This homemade coconut coffee scrub is the perfect multi-tasker when it comes to taking care of your feet (or any part of the body!). It sloughs away dead skin cells while nourishing and moisturizing the skin. Plus, it’s all-natural, not to mention a great way to use up those old coffee grounds! Enjoy! 🙂
Mani Pedi Gift Set
With the holidays coming up, this scrub makes for a fun homemade gift – both on its own, or included in a mani-pedi gift basket!
If you’re looking to create the complete nail and foot care kit for beautiful feet and shiny nails, combine the coffee scrub with a few mani-pedi essentials like the Amopé Pedi Perfect Electric Foot File (for quick fixes between scrub treatments) and Amopé Pedi Perfect Nail File, along with a couple of fun nail polishes.
Mani-Pedi Essentials Gift Set:
- DIY Coffee Scrub (in a decorated jar)
- Amopé Pedi Perfect™ Extra Coarse Electronic Foot File (the pink one!)
- Amopé Pedi Perfect™ Electronic Nail File
- Nail polishes
You can find these extra mani-pedi essentials, including the electronic foot and nail file, at Target. (And be sure to check out the Cartwheel offer here to save 10% off the Amopé products, good through 12/31/16!)
For more DIY and holiday gifting ideas and inspiration, check out Amopé’s holiday page here!
Have you tried a coffee scrub – homemade or store-bought?
What are some of your mani-pedi essentials?