Did you know coffee is a natural anti-cellulite treatment? Nope, me either. A horrifying event led me to this awesome discovery. I was in the dressing room at Lululemon trying on leggings. There’s not a lot of room in there however, quite a lot of mirrors and lights. To glow on the exact chunky, bumpy, extra bits that you’re trying to hide in said leggings. The whole experience was second only to the agony of swim suit shopping…which is coming.
I did a little googling and learned that coffee grounds can be used to make cellulite busting products and can be paired with moisturizers for double duty bath products. Coffee, bath…I love it when a couple of my favourite things unite. I whipped up this 2 ingredient scrub to feel like I was taking control.
- 1/4 cup coffee grounds (recycled from my French press or your coffee maker)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
Remove as much water as you can from the coffee grounds by straining them. Place them in the bottom of a clean jar. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave at 30 second intervals, let it cool a little then pour on the grounds and stir. Continue to stir every so often until the coffee is evenly distributed and the oil firms up. You can speed this process up by putting it in the freezer for a few minutes. Put a lid on it. You may notice I switched jars partway through. The first one had too many crevices and coffee grounds were getting stuck there. So, learn from my mistake and use a jar with straight sides!
To use, rub on wet skin while in the shower, particularly dry spots and *ahem* trouble areas. Be gentle and use a circular motion, then rinse. Also rinse your tub after use! The coconut oil can leave a little bit of slipperiness and there will be some stray coffee grounds, not the big mess I had thought there might be though.
Now for a quick rundown of the benefits:
Coffee: contains antioxidants which are anti-inflammatory. It acts as an exfoliator here and smooths away dry skin cells to reveal softer skin. Its caffeine draws excess moisture from skin making it feel firmer and smoother.
Coconut oil: naturally moisturizers, fights acne, won’t clog pores and contains vitamins and minerals.
As an aside, if you find leggings that fit and tuck in your over-40 imperfections, they may very well be worth the sticker price. And you can totally justify the splurge with all the money you’re saving on DIY cosmetics!