Coffee is such a vital staple in our morning rituals that we want it everywhere—even on our skin. In recent years, natural wonders like coconut oil, honey and avocado have garnered acclaim as skin remedies and treatments, but companies have discovered a more unexpected source of organic beauty: coffee beans. The glorious bean is being ground up into facial and body scrubs instead of coffee cups.

Applied topically, the rough, fragrant blend smooths and tightens skin, targets cellulite and provides skin-soothing antioxidants. And for those dreading swimsuit season, good news: the buzzy product minimizes the appearance of dimples, stretch marks and other imperfections.

Sounds miraculous, right? Well, it’s not the answer to all your prayers, but it does bestow a touch of magic, according to board certified dermatologist Dr. Samantha Robare-Stout of the Dermatological Association of Texas in Houston.

Robare-Stout says scrubs are a useful addition to skin care regimens, but cautions those from viewing it as a cure-all Fountain of Youth.

“Scrubs made with coffee grounds are not a replacement for medical-grade skin treatments, but they can serve as safe, resourceful and cost-effective options for incorporating gentle exfoliation and DNA-protective antioxidants into any skin care regimen. Any form of massage, including the motion used to apply a coffee scrub, will cause mild swelling, which will reduce the appearance of cellulite, but the effects are temporary,” she says. “All-in-all, coffee scrubs are great for exfoliation, but they are not going to be the miracle solution for visible veins and cellulite.”

If you’re looking for a caffeinated skin boost, we’ve curated a handful of our favorite scrubs:

Fig + Yarrow: This gentle, smoothing caradamom and coffee scrub utilizes organic, fair trade beans from Peru and Indonesia with enticing vanilla bean, black pepper and chocolate aromas.   

Frank Body: Australian-made Frank offers one of the most well-known coffee scrubs on the market today. Combining coffee grounds, almond oil and essential vitamins and minerals, this powerful jar combats dry skin, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite and pesky skin issues like eczema, acne and scars.

Luv Body Scrub: Using organic cane sugar, Dead Sea salt, nourishing virgin coconut oil and freshly roasted farm direct coffee from a California micro roaster, Luv Body has created a wondrous cellulite-blasting caffeine scrub.

Looking for a more frugal option? We feel ya! Check out this easy and cheap DIY coffee sugar scrub from Gimme Some Oven.


 

 

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