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Natural Skincare: DIY Coffee Scrub

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, then you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. "    - Frank Lloyd Wright

Welcome back to the blog!! The other day as I was tinkering in my kitchen, and yours truly being simultaneously female and a chemist, I re-discovered the joy of creating my own beauty formulas. I thought it a good idea for us to get creative today! As much as we all love the high end, if we're in the mood for a pampering...and aren't close to a drug store, the kitchen is the ideal location for items that can pamper us.

Whenever I travel, one of the things that I love to do is raid the bar. After a while, I found that I accumulated packets of ground coffee. If you're in a situation like can utilize your excess coffee stock and create an exfoliating body scrub.

According to, Coffee's health benefits go beyond the fact that we can drink it in its various forms. When applied to the hair and skin, the benefits can also be experienced there. For your viewing pleasure, I have extracted the benefits below.

Top 11 Coffee Health Benefits

Cut the Pain Two cups of coffee can cut post-workout muscle pain by up to 48%. From the Journal of Pain, March 2007 (link)

Increase your fiber intake

A cup of brewed coffee represents a contribution of up to 1.8 grams of fiber of the recommended intake of 20-38 grams. From the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (link).

Protection against cirrhosis of the liver

Of course, you could just cut down on the alcohol intake. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another more recent study also showed coffee’s liver protecting benefits. link. Yet another study showed that both coffee and decaffeinated coffee lowered the liver enzyme levels of coffee drinkers. This study was published in the Hepatology Journal.

Lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes Those who consumed 6 or more cups per day had a 22% lower risk of diabetes. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). A recent review of research conducted by Harvard’s Dr. Frank Hu showed that the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed. Decaf coffee decreased risk by 6% per cup.

Lowered risk of Alzheimer’s disease There is considerable evidence that caffeine may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. From the European Journal of Neurology (link). A recent study also isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that may be responsible for preventing the build-up of the brain plaque believed to cause the disease.

 Reduces suicide risk and Depression A 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses shows a reduced risk of suicide in the coffee drinkers. From the Archives of Internal Medicine (link). Another study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drink 4 or more cups of coffee were 20% less likely to suffer from depression. Study link.

Protection against Parkinson’s People with Parkinson’s disease are less likely to be smokers and coffee drinkers than their healthy siblings. Just make sure you don’t get lung cancer on the way. From the Archives of Neurology (link). Even newer research out of Sweden revealed that drinking coffee reduces the risk of Parkinson’s even when genetic factors come into play. link. Yet another study (published here) found that caffeine combined with EHT (a compound found in coffee beans) provided protective benefits to rats that were genetically predisposed to developing Parkinson’s.

Coffee drinkers have less risk of heart disease.

Korean researchers found that study participants who consumed 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day were less likely to show the beginning signs of heart disease. The study. Other dietary factors should also be noted as Koreans typically have a different diet than do Westerners. A more recent study conducted in Brazil found that those that consume at least three cups of coffee a day tend to develop less calcification in their coronary arteries. A 2019 study confirmed that coffee doesn’t cause hardening of the arteries even among the study participants who drank upwards of 25 cups of coffee per day.

Coffee drinkers have stronger DNA.

A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition showed that coffee drinkers have DNA with stronger integrity since the white blood cells of coffee drinkers had far less instance of spontaneous DNA strand breakage. Study abstract.

Lower Risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

Recent research showed that at least 4 cups of coffee a day may help protect against the development and reoccurrence of MS. It is believed that the coffee prevents the neural inflammation that possibly leads to the disease developing. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

Coffee reduces colorectal cancer risk.

Even moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the odds of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. This protective benefit increases with more consumption. The study is described in detail here.

With all these benefits, drink in moderation, and of course ensure that you have a balanced diet infused with exercise. With skincare, it is always a good idea to ensure that you are exfoliating on a regular basis. About once per month, I think it's a good idea to exfoliate the body. With ingredients from your kitchen, a DIY Coffee Scrub is ideal for that. It is one of the most refreshing creations I have made to date. To create a tub of this scrub, you will need:


1) Ground Sugar: 1/3 cup of sugar is ideal for a small tub. White sugar is preferable. If you're using brown sugar, ensure that you grind it in the blender before you add it to your mixture. Large granules are every abrasive to the skin, so the finer the particles, the better for your skin. Your aim is simply to smooth the skin, and round particles accomplish this objective.

2) An oil of your choice: 1/3 cup. Olive oil is my oil of choice for this mixture. If you don't want to use oil and want a more matte scrub, you can use glycerine.

3) Ground Coffee: Instant coffee is too refined for this process because we want to create an exfoliant for our skin. Ground coffee particles are just about right, however you can test the coffee before you add it to your You can use your fingers and dry test your coffee to determine if the particles are to your liking. If they are too big, you can simply grind them in a blender before you mix your ingredients.

In a small bowl, take your time to mix your dry ingredients using a spoon. Once the dry ingredients are mixed, add your oil and mix until you have a uniform slurry. Mixing won't take you more than a minute or two. Once finished, pour your scrub into a small tub. The mixture can last for a month in its natural state. Keep in a cool, dry, place in your bathroom. Alternately, if you want additional effects, you can keep the mixture in an inconspicuous part of your refrigerator. The final mixture will look something like this:

The finished product is a refreshing addition to your shower. I usually exfoliate before I shower. As a safety measure, take caution when using the scrub. Ensure that you have a non-slip mat in your shower. During rinsing, the oils can create a slippery surface, which is a fall hazard. Other than that, you're good to go!! Cheers to happy, healthy skin from head to toe!


**Dr T**

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