Revive your skin: try this simple coffee and coconut scrub

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Not everyone can be a morning person, and for those among us who need that little extra boost of encouragement in the early hours: there’s always coffee. But this life-affirming beverage not only serves as a wake-up call for the mind, it can also revive your skin and rid your body of dry, dead skin cells.

If you make your daily coffee at home, you could be (quite literally) pouring a great home beauty remedy down the sink or into the bin each day. But, by straining out the excess water from your daily brew and storing the gritty leftover grounds in a jar, you can whip up an easy, effective and affordable skin scrub in no time — with only one extra ingredient. With coconut oil to nourish and moisturise your skin, voila, you’ll be enjoying the delicious scent of coffee and coconut during your morning shower and softer, smoother skin. It’s a beauty remedy that’s good enough to eat.

coffee scrub

What do you need?

1 cup of used coffee grounds
5 tbs of coconut oil
1 clean, empty jar

How do you make it?

Easy. All you need to do is combine your coffee and coconut oil. If your coconut oil has solidified, you’ll need to melt it a little first (just a minute on your stove top over a low heat should do the trick). Gently stir both ingredients together so that all your coffee is covered in the coconut oil. Then pop the scrub in your clean jar. Hey presto! This mixture will be enough for up to three full-body scrubs. If you want to change things up, you can add vanilla bean too.

Handy tips

  • Although this recipe uses two simple, everyday ingredients, before you use your scrub all over your body it’s a good idea to test a little on a small patch of skin first. And, if you think the ground beans might be a little too harsh to use on your face, stick to using it as a body scrub.
  • You won’t need to store your scrub in the fridge, but it’s best to use it up within a couple of weeks. Coconut oil has a tendency to solidify a little, particularly in colder climates. But, if this happens, the warmth of your hands and the shower’s water should create enough heat to soften the oil when you want to use your scrub.
  • If you’d like to keep a supply of your coffee and coconut scrub on hand, or share some with friends, you can set your mixture in ice-cube trays and keep them in the freezer. Then, you’ll only need to defrost a cube before you jump in the shower.
  • If you regularly make your coffee at home, you’ll know that ground beans can get a little messy, so make sure you hose down the shower after you scrub, to avoid slipping on the mixture later on.
  • Remember to give your skin a break between scrubs. This remedy really does the job, so you shouldn’t need to use it more than twice a week.
  • Although it smells amazing, it’s probably best not to eat this mixture.

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