If you’re anything like me and are counting down the days until summer, you’ve probably started to panic about your summer body (or lack thereof much like myself.) My body may be a work in progress, however, my skin is always ready with this incredibly easy body scrub. I’ve been using this recipe for YEARS and not only is my skin incredibly smooth but my stretch marks have nearly vanished and my skin is super firm.
Now, there is no way to banish cellulite and “thigh jiggle” without exercise and a healthy diet but the caffeine in this scrub reduces the appearance of dimples and divets by stimulating blood flow which aids in collagen production thus leading to a visibly tighter and firmer texture. Grapefruit essential oil is my other miracle ingredient that helps to firm the skin and provide healthy antioxidants. “Toxin buildup and fluid retention create cellulite in fat cells. When toxins are not flushed out of the body, they accumulate in cells. Grapefruit oil flushes out the free radicals that create cellulite.” For even better results, or if you’re just as extra as I am, try dry brushing. Dry brushing promotes healthy blood circulation, rejuvenates the nervous system, reduces cellulite, exfoliates, helps define muscle tone, unclogs pores, and gives you a boost of energy. Just always be sure to brush towards your heart and counter-clockwise on your stomach (helps with digestion.)
I use this scrub three times a week but you can use it more or less depending on your skin type. I would suggest no more than four times a week as over-exfoliating can actually damage your skin. For best results, I always recommend using organic products.
DIY Coffee Scrub
1 cup of Ground Coffee
- Don’t use instant coffee. I use leftover coffee grounds from my morning coffee. The caffeine does absorb into your bloodstream, however, I use this at night and find it has no effect on me although I am an avid coffee consumer.
1 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Liquid or solid form is fine but you can use any carrier oil of your choice. In the summertime, I use grapeseed oil.
15 – 30 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil
- You can get creative and add other oils like tea tree or lemon. Grapefruit is an energizing essential oil so it’s great for morning showers. Again, I use it before bed and find it doesn’t hinder my nighttime routine.
Have you tried a coffee scrub before or have a different variation to this recipe? I’d love to hear it! Let me know in the comments below or ask any questions you might have about beauty or skincare.