K, am I the only one getting weirdly into DIY beauty treatments right now? I mean, as much as I love going to Sephora and spending my entire paycheck on shit I don’t need, I have to admit that there’s something way more satisfying about rummaging through my pantry and concocting my own products. And while there are plenty of, erm, ~sketchy~ recipes that I’ve vowed to stay faaaar away from—hello, lemon juice and baking soda face masks—there’s one treatment I legit love: DIY coffee scrubs.
Ground coffee is a super-effective exfoliant (like, bye, dry patches and ingrown hairs), and thanks to the fact that it’s loaded with caffeine, it can also temporarily tighten and plump your skin. “Caffeine can also dehydrate fat cells so they deflate, which then makes [things like] cellulite look a little less obvious,” dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale, has told Cosmo.
So if you’re looking for a quick way to smooth and soften your skin, you can’t really go wrong with a coffee scrub—specifically this one, below, which is the easiest body scrub you’ll ever try (it’s has only four ingredients).
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The easiest DIY coffee scrub recipe
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Listen, there are a lot of DIY coffee scrubs out there, but I’m personally a fan of this easy recipe from YouTuber Abetweene. You’ll only need four basic ingredients (which, I’m just gonna go ahead and guess you already own), and, like, two minutes of prep time. Just make sure you’ve got your ingredients on hand before you get started.
- Step one: Combine the almond oil, sugar and ground coffee in a small mixing bowl.
- Step two: To beef up the consistency, drop in the cornstarch and mix with a spatula until all of your ingredients are blended. You should have a thick, dark-brown paste.
- Step three: Scoop your scrub into a small mason jar—or any airtight jar of your choice—and twist on the lid until you’re ready to use it.
- Step four: Avoiding sensitive areas like your face and bikini line, scoop a quarter-sized dollop onto clean, damp skin and gently scrub in circular motions, buffing dry patches without trying to take your skin off. Rinse the formula all the way off, and follow with a super-moisturizing body lotion.
- Pro tip: Coffee grinds are not something you want in your shower drain. Avoid a frantic call to your super and instead apply this bb in your bathroom (just wipe it off with a wash cloth).
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