First off, coffee serves as an amazing, all-natural exfoliate! Regularly exfoliating the skin helps to remove dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to grow. This contributes to more youthful, brighter skin and also reduces the likeliness of developing ingrown hairs and blemishes. Scrubbing the skin with coffee grounds is also wonderful for stimulating blood circulation, which promotes plumper, more supple skin.
But how does coffee help reduce the appearance of cellulite? Cellulite is caused by bands of tissue that connect the top layer of skin and pull it down towards the deeper, fatty layers of tissue, resulting in a dimpled look. While scrubbing with coffee grounds can't make these pesky bands of tissue go away forever, it can diminish them temporarily. Caffeine has stimulating effect on the body, so when it is scrubbed into the skin, it stimulates dilation and increases circulation. This causes the skin to plump up, reducing the appearance of cellulite on the surface of the skin.
But what's even better? Coffee is packed with antioxidants that can increase collagen production. Collagen is a protein found in the skin that contributes to skin elasticity and overall healthy skin cell production.
The skin-loving benefits of coconut oil shouldn't be news to you by now! We love using this yummy oil in our skin and hair care recipes because it moisturizes and soothes the skin cells.
Coconut oil has a low molecular weight, meaning that it has the ability to penetrate the skin deeper than most moisturizers and oils. It contains saturated fats, which are medium-chain fatty acids, or triglycerides. When applied to the skin, these healthy fats work to retain moisture in the skin. Just one application of coconut oil on your skin will have it feeling silky-smooth!
There are 3 important acids within coconut oil - capric, caprylic, and lauric acid. These acids are microbials that prevent infection of the skin by keeping acne-causing bacteria from entering pores. Their powerful anti-fungal properties also help to combat a common fungal infection known as candida, which can go on to affect the entire body, not just the skin.
Vitamin E - one of coconut oil's most prized ingredients - keeps skin healthy and youthful in a multitude of ways. Vitamin E promotes healthy skin growth, repairs damaged skin cells, and prevents both cracking and wrinkling of the skin. This is because Vitamin E contains strong antioxidants that aid in soothing the skin and preventing premature aging.
Specific proteins within coconut oil contribute to healthy cellular growth and deep tissue repair, making it a great solution for reducing blemishes. Because it is an anti-inflammatory, coconut oil is also very effective in reducing the swelling, redness, and overall inflammation that stems from breakouts and ingrown hairs.
Additionally, pure coconut oil is chemical-free, unlike many lotions, scrubs, and shower gels. Our skin is our body's biggest organ, so we must be sure to keep it out of harm's way and handle it with care by not putting nasty chemicals on it!
Cinnamon has antioxidant, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. It makes a great exfoliate as it removes dead skin cells and softens the skin. It diminishes cellulite, fine lines, and wrinkles because of its "plumping" effects, and has the ability to stimulate blood vessels and draw blood and nutrients to the surface of the skin. The main natural chemical component of Cinnamon is cinnamaldehyde, which has been found to increase collagen levels; thus improving elasticity and decreasing premature aging.
Making these scrubby pods is quick and easy, as the recipe only calls for three ingredients! When it comes to the measurements of the ingredients, it's really up to you and how many pods you want to make. No matter how many you are making, stick to a 2:1 ratio in regards to your coffee grounds and coconut oil.
The essential oil scent is up to you! We used cinnamon extract because of its great benefits for the skin, but orange or vanilla extract would smell delicious, too!
The following are the measurements we used for the batch we made: