Whenever you brew a pot of coffee, you're left with a filter's worth of used coffee grounds that probably wind up in the trash. However, you can repurpose those leftover grounds and use them on your body. A coffee scrub provides several skin benefits, including improved skin texture and circulation with a temporary cellulite reduction -- all at no cost to you.
Coffee grounds are a mechanical exfoliate, meaning they can be used to scrub away dead skin to reveal the new, healthy skin underneath, whereas chemical exfoliates remove skin cells with enzymes or acidic properties. Exfoliating with coffee grounds improves circulation, leaving you with smooth, glowing skin.
Caffeine and Your Skin
While you won't ingest nearly as much caffeine when your coffee is on your skin instead of in your cup, the caffeine from used coffee grounds can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and give your skin a firmer appearance.
Mix the coffee grounds with a little olive oil before applying the mixture directly onto your skin. Your scrub is completely natural unlike many store-bought exfoliates. You also save money and resources by repurposing your coffee grounds instead of throwing them out.
Lindsey Robinson Sanchez, from Bessemer, Ala., has written for the "Troy Messenger," "The Alabama Baptist" and "The Gainesville Times," where her work was featured on the AP wire. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida. She writes style, beauty, fitness, travel and culture.