Do it yourself: Have you ever heard about coffee grounds as a beauty product?

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Coffee grounds as a Beauty product: Did you know that coffee grounds should be perfect for making various care products, but haven’t tried it yourself yet. In order to close this knowledge gap, we used a rainy weekend and let off steam in the local “coffee spa”. And were thrilled! In this article you will read why coffee grounds are really suitable for personal hygiene and which recipes we can particularly recommend for coffee peeling. The best thing is that they are super easy and you probably already have the necessary ingredients in the kitchen cupboard (or in the coffee filter).

Coffee grounds as a beauty Product

Homemade coffee peeling: it’s worth it!

We all know that coffee grounds are natural and end up on the compost. In fact, it is better than throwing it straight into the trash because it helps to create fertile new soil. Before you take this step, however, coffee grounds can first be used as a beauty product in your own four walls. And there are various reasons for this!

Zero waste through recycling

The world has a problem with garbage and we no longer know what to do with it. For this reason, conscious consumers or people who live sustainably try to avoid producing any more waste if possible. You can do this, for example, by taking a thermal mug instead of new disposable coffee mugs every morning, doing without unnecessary things like plastic straws, shopping in unpackaged stores, doing upcycling and completely processing your groceries. For example, by giving coffee grounds a second life as fertilizer or coffee peeling!

Natural cosmetics are good, but do-it-yourself is better

Plastic is everywhere these days. It lurks not only in packaging in the supermarket, but also in your care products in the bathroom! From toothpaste to shampoo to lipstick – there is hidden microplastic in everything. And do you know what the globules are in a normal peel? Small plastic beads! That is why many consumers today rely on natural cosmetics that do without microplastics and chemical additives. However, it has its price and is, oh wonder, mostly packaged in plastic. Anyone who makes their own care products, such as the coffee peeling, not only knows what’s inside, but can also avoid plastic waste and save money.

Peelings support skin renewal

What is the secret of delicate skin? In addition to daily creaming with a product suitable for your skin type, regular peeling is definitely part of it. In addition, commercially available peelings contain small (unfortunately mostly artificial) abrasive particles – in homemade coffee peeling, the coffee particles do the same job instead. This frees the skin of dead skin, which makes it glow, looks fresher and can better absorb skin care cream. In addition, you stimulate blood circulation and cell renewal – then the skin, which renews itself about every 28 days, has it much easier.

coffee grounds as a beauty product

But how often should you actually exfoliate? It depends on your skin type. Exfoliating the face and body once a week makes sense for normal skin. With oily, blemished skin it can be a little more frequently (e.g. twice a week), with dry and sensitive skin it can be a little less (e.g. once every two weeks). Here you have to try what is good for your skin.

A coffee peeling will perk you up

This is due to the caffeine in the coffee bean, which is still contained in the coffee grounds. It is not without reason that the ingredient has been used by the beauty industry for years! When drinking coffee, caffeine not only invigorates the body and mind, but also stimulates the blood circulation in the skin and has a firming effect when used externally. It therefore helps against dark circles and ensures a rosy, fresh complexion! You can achieve this effect with a homemade coffee peeling, which also cleanses pore-deep and helps against skin impurities. Some people also use the coffee peeling as a wrap to fight cellulite because of its blood circulation and detoxifying properties!

Coffee peeling basic ingredient: the coffee grounds

So that you can make a coffee peeling yourself, coffee grounds are of course the most important ingredient. Before you can get started with our recipes, we would like to give you a few basic tips for preparing coffee grounds. They will make it much easier for you to mix the coffee peeling.

You can use any type of coffee grounds

Any type of coffee grounds is suitable for a self-made coffee peeling. It doesn’t matter whether you prepare your coffee with a hand-operated coffee maker or a convenient coffee maker. Still, there are a few differences. On the one hand, your coffee grounds will be finer or coarser depending on the device, because the grinding degree of the coffee beans should be selected differently. Accordingly, the coffee particles in the coffee peeling will feel a little softer or firmer on the skin.

On the other hand, the type of coffee preparation influences how easily you can get your coffee grounds dry for further processing – because wet they do not belong in the coffee peeling, which we will explain in a moment. Coffee grounds are the most humid with full immersion methods such as the French press, while they are already well drained from hand filters or the filter coffee machine in the paper filter. The coffee pucks from a fully automatic coffee machine and the portafilter machine are particularly dry and pressed.

Dry the coffee grounds before processing

The reason is very simple: Wet coffee grounds tend to go moldy, especially if you mix them with other kitchen ingredients for coffee peeling and want to store them for a while. We therefore strongly recommend drying the coffee grounds well before further processing, e.g. by spreading them on a baking sheet in a sunny place. The drying process is of course faster using an oven or microwave – a few minutes are sufficient.

Coffee Grounds Skin

The dry coffee grounds can then be easily collected in a Tupperware container or a glass with a lid until they are used – because you can use them not only for coffee peeling, but for many other purposes (e.g. as plant fertilizer or organic cleaning agent)!

Coffee peeling can be kept for a long time

You probably won’t mix yourself a fresh coffee scrub every day, and that isn’t necessary. In an airtight jar, dry variants such as our coffee and sugar peeling can be stored for several weeks without any problems and are even a nice homemade gift or small souvenir! You only need to store the product in a cool place and use it within a few days if ingredients such as dairy products, honey or oil are incorporated into the coffee grounds.

Coffee scrub recipes: Our favorites

We have three coffee peeling recipes for you, which we present in detail. They are super easy to make, use normal kitchen ingredients and smell delicious! And yes, that’s how they taste. Snacking is allowed with these edible beauty products.

Skin renewal with coffee and sugar peeling
Skin renewal with coffee

This coffee peeling comes with only two ingredients and is super quick to make. It has a particularly strong peeling effect and is therefore ideally suited for removing dead skin cells from all over the body. In addition, the contained caffeine contributes well to the blood circulation in the skin and can visually reduce cellulite and stretch marks on the skin – that’s why it is also an ingredient in expensive cellulite creams from the drugstore. But you can confidently save yourself that with this homemade product.

What you need for the coffee and sugar peeling:

  • Dry coffee grounds
  • sugar
  • Storage jar with lid

Preparation and use of the coffee-sugar peeling:

To prepare it, mix coffee grounds and sugar in a 1: 1 ratio in a bowl and fill the finished peeling into a mason jar or a normal jar with a screw cap. If you want to give it away, write a nice label and attach it with a ribbon.

The coffee and sugar peeling is uncomplicated to use: have it ready in the bathroom and take something out of the glass as needed to rub off already wet skin in the shower. Rinse off, done! Make sure to rinse away the coffee grounds afterwards – they will really be scattered all over the shower.

Coffee wraps are a small variation as an anti-cellulite cure: Rub the damp skin, especially on the thighs, with coffee grounds or with your coffee-sugar scrub and then wrap cling film around it. Leave on for about 30 minutes so that heat can develop and the caffeine can work into the skin to detoxify. Then rinse off. Even Hollywood actress Halle Berry is said to swear by this beauty tip!

Blemished skin: Coffee Scrub with honey & olive oil

Compared to the coffee and sugar scrub presented above, this coffee scrub is significantly gentler on the skin thanks to its ingredients. While the coffee grounds contribute to peeling and blood circulation in the skin, the honey has a calming effect and helps with skin problems because it has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. That is why it is often used in tea in winter as a home remedy for colds or a sore throat – here it “smooths” from the outside. On top of that, the olive oil in this coffee peeling protects the skin from drying out and makes it supple.#

Coffee Scrub with honey

What you need for the coffee peeling with honey and olive oil:

  • Dry coffee grounds
  • Liquid honey
  • High quality olive oil

Preparation and use of the coffee peeling with honey and olive oil:

For the preparation we used coffee grounds and honey in roughly the same proportion and a little less olive oil so that the finished coffee peeling does not get too greasy. Mix the ingredients in a clean bowl until you have a homogeneous and creamy mixture. It can be filled into a small mason jar and will last a good two weeks in the refrigerator.

The best way to use this coffee scrub is to go to the shower or the sink, because the honey and olive oil can cause some dripping. Rub it on your face or body and then rinse the skin well. I especially like the product for the face and dab it off with a tissue after washing it off. The result is a radiant, plump-looking and supple complexion that (at least on the day of application) no longer needs a day cream!

As a small variation, you can also mix this coffee and honey peeling with coconut oil instead of olive oil. Coconut oil is also great for skin care, moisturizes, relieves inflammation and does not clog pores. Used alone, it is also great for removing make-up!

Extra care: coffee peeling mask with cocoa and quark

This coffee peeling is basically two in one: first a nourishing mask and then the peeling effect comes into play when rinsing off. In addition to coffee grounds, there is also a good portion of cocoa powder in it (please use dark baking cocoa without additives if possible), because it is supposed to protect the collagen fibers of the skin and thus prevent premature wrinkles. Quark is also used in this mask because it has a cooling effect and provides a lot of moisture. Attention: This coffee peeling is a fresh product and may only be in the refrigerator for a few days after being mixed – after that it will become too firm and can no longer be used.

Coffee peeling mask

What you need for the coffee peeling with cocoa and quark:

  • Dry coffee grounds
  • High quality cocoa powder (dark and, if possible, without additives)
  • A cup of cottage cheese

Preparation and use of the coffee peeling with cocoa and quark:

To prepare it, mix equal parts of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and quark in a clean bowl until a creamy mixture is obtained.

This is followed by immediate use: Brush the finished coffee peeling mask onto your face and, if necessary, onto your neck, leaving out the eyes and mouth. Now you can make yourself comfortable for about 15 minutes and let the mask take effect. Then rinse everything off with warm water and enjoy the light peeling effect.

Do’s & Dont’s: More coffee grounds Beauty Products

Coffee grounds or coffee really seem to be quite universally applicable, at least if you can believe all the beauty blogs out there. However, in the world of Instagram, Pinterest and Youtube, not all that glitters is gold. We tried two other applications, one of which backfired colossally. And we want to urgently warn against a third possible use of coffee without having tried it ourselves – for good reason.

Do: Cotton pads with coffee against dark circles

Do you have a bit of cold coffee left that doesn’t even make half a cup? And at the same time do you often suffer from dark circles or puffy eyes? Then take the cold coffee and soak two cotton pads with it, which you then put on your closed eyes and leave on for a few minutes. After that, the eyes actually appear more alert! It is said to be due to the circulation-promoting and decongesting caffeine as well as the tannins in coffee, which constrict the cells and contribute to the removal of water from the unsightly bags under the eyes.

Some people also put used coffee pods from pod machines on their eyes. However, you should avoid using coffee grounds or coffee powder, as some coffee powder can easily get in the eye.

Coffee against dark circles
Don’t: Coffee peeling for hair

It actually sounded quite plausible: We had read that coffee peeling should also be great for the hair because it stimulates an irritated scalp and is supposed to improve blood circulation. Well-known shampoo brands even use caffeine as an ingredient to promote hair growth. And the advice to simply mix a little coffee grounds into the shampoo also sounded very good and practical.

Well, unfortunately it wasn’t the result! It’s just impossible to completely get the coffee particles out of your hair again! Even with short hair, I do not imagine it to be so easy or very uncomfortable if coffee keeps trickling off my head during the course of the day. What could be an option, however, is homemade caffeine shampoo with liquid coffee.

Our recipes for coffee peeling are just as good as coffee to drink. Try them out and write in the comments how you like them!

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