Although coffee has several benefits as a beverage, there's another use for this miracle bean -- body scrubs. The benefits of the caffeic acid found in coffee grounds are significant, from affecting anti-inflammatory activity and healing superficial wounds. Homemade coffee scrubs are easy to make, just combine used coffee grounds with an equal amount of sugar or sea salt in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of olive oil or body butter and use a hand blender or whisk to whip the mixture until the sugar or salt is saturated. Spread it over your body in circular motions, rinse with cold water and enjoy the scrub's numerous benefits.
Coffee oil is typically used in aromatherapy treatments to clear the mind and combat feelings of nausea, so using a coffee body scrub can have these same awesome effects.
The main chemical in coffee is caffeine, a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize the effects of free radicals in the body, which can damage the inner layer of skin, causing age spots and wrinkles. When a coffee body scrub is applied, the skin absorbs the antioxidant properties, helping to prevent premature aging.
Because coffee scrubs are made with coarse grounds and salt or sugar, residual dirt and dead skin is exfoliated to give you fresh, balanced skin. After exfoliating the skin, it's able to absorb moisture more effectively too.
Some people use coffee body scrubs to combat varicose veins. Caffeine typically increases blood flow and may reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Caffeine is a vasodilator, which means it constricts blood vessels in the skin. This action works to make blood vessels tighter and firmer very quickly, which is reflected in your skin's texture.