National Coffee Day DIY Coffee Scrub
Have you tried a multitude of various products and spent a lot of money on expensive goodies at many different stores only to find that none of the things that you tried yielded the results that you wanted? If this sounds like you, a DIY exfoliator may be just what you are looking for!
Exfoliating is essential to maintaining healthy looking, smooth, and blemish-free skin. Whether you have sensitive skin that gets dry and scaly when it is not properly cared for, skin that is oily and needs balance, or skin that appears dull and could use a bit of reviving, this DIY Coffee scrub is for you.
A great exfoliator should have 3 main qualities. First, it should have a smoothing, conditioning effect that removes dead skin cells from the top surface of your skin – without causing irritation. Second, it should be abrasive enough to used on your whole body – including your elbows and knees – but, gentle enough for your more delicate parts – like your neck. Third, it should create glowing, radiant skin that appears healthy and groomed.
After plenty of research, we learned about various naturally-derived botanicals and the immensely beneficial properties they elicit on your skin. Next, we decided to draft our own recipe and give a DIY coffee scrub a try. We ended up loving it so much that most have not purchased an exfoliator since! The scrub is 100% natural and consists of organic, non-refined ingredients. Upon use, it provides the skin with healthful, highly beneficial properties. All of the ingredients serve a particular function and provide a distinct benefit to the skin, which will be further discussed below, but first the recipe!
To make the scrub, you will need:
- 1 cup of coconut oil (or more, if you want your scrub to be more liquid-y)
- 1 cup of ground coffee beans
- ½ cup of demerara sugar
- ¼ cup of Himalayan salt
- 10 – 12 drops of lemon essential oil
- 2 tbs vitamin E oil
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients until a homogeneous consistency is reached. Transfer the exfoliator into a glass mason jar. A glass jar will maintain the freshness of the ingredients, inhibit the growth of bacteria, and preserve the scrub. When using in the shower, cleanse your body first with soap or shower gel. Then, scoop some exfoliator onto your hand and rub it onto your skin in circular motions, until the sugar dissolves. The coconut oil and castor oil will leave a residue on your skin. When you get out of the shower, dry your skin by patting it with a towel – the residue from the oils will serve as a moisturizer. In addition, the residue can be treated as shaving cream – it will work just as well when you slide the razor over it.
Why Those Ingredients?
Coconut oil is known for its ability to soothe dry skin. The oil is rich in saturated fats, which act as “refatting” agents on the skin: they puff it out from within. This diminishes the appearance of pores and wrinkles and maintains an even tone of the skin. Coconut oil also contains capric, caprylic, and lauric acid, which are strong antimicrobial agents. The compounds prevent and neutralize the over-colonization of bacteria that is normally present on the skin, such as Staphylococcus aureus, that in excessive amounts causes diseases such as atopic dermatitis.
Recent studies have shown that the active ingredient in coffee – caffeine – promotes absorption into the skin. Caffeine promotes the absorption of ingredients that normally would have a hard time getting into the skin. Therefore, when paired with other compounds, caffeine amplifies their efficacy. Coffee is also rich in antioxidants, preventing oxidative damage to our cells. The compound also enhances circulation, which leads to bright and smooth skin, which diminishes the appearance of cellulite and promotes an even skin tone.
Vitamin E is essential for skin growth and repair, as it promotes new, healthy cell growth, which repairs any wear and tear in the skin. In addition, it protects the skin against cracking, as it is incredibly smoothing. Vitamin E is full of anti-oxidants that prevent oxidative damage that our cells are exposed to daily, further maintaining the healthy appearance of the skin.
Lemon essential oil is a great skin-brightening device. The oil diminishes the appearance of dull skin by detoxifying skin cells and pores in the skin, which rejuvenates the cells. The oil draws out impurities, as it is an astringent in nature, and provides the skin with antiseptic properties. Lemon oil is also great for balancing excessive oil and sebum production, which reduces the formation of acne.
Demerara sugar consists of large crystals, which act as the abrasive agents in the scrub. The crystals are enriched with minerals, which aid in immune balance of the skin and provide nutrition for the cells to grow. Calcium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium all aid the skin in maintaining its suppleness, as well as enhance circulation to aid in skin renewal.
Himalayan salt has a relaxing effect on the skin and the muscles. It is rich in minerals that are able to relax cramped muscles once absorbed into the skin. When mixed with water, Himalayan salt draws out impurities by binding to toxins found on and in the skin. Through this, the skin’s pH is balanced – this is essential for the skin to be able to fight off any pathogens living on it. In addition, the salt contains electrolytes, which serve to deeply hydrate the skin.