Surprising Ways To Use Coffee In Beauty Treatments

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Here at the coffee folk we LOVE our coffee. We love the delicious aroma that emanates from those freshly ground beans, we love the first sip of that perfectly balanced morning brew. And we love finding ways of enjoying our hobby without feeling guilty about damaging the environment or wasting money. That is why we have written this article (mainly for you ladies out there!) to help you find ways of getting the most out of your coffee obsession.

Fun fact, did you know that the stunning Kim Kardashian is a coffee drinker? So maybe beauty and coffee really do go together! Kim’s favourite coffee order is a short white chocolate mocha with whipped cream of which she only drinks the first three sips!

Did you know that coffee not only has many health benefits but it also has many beauty benefits. Coffee is a source of many nutrients and antioxidants that can benefit your skin, scalp and hair. And the best news is that for all these beauty treatments you can use your old used coffee grounds instead of chucking them in the bin! 

Body Scrub

Used coffee grounds are the perfect texture for a natural exfoliant. An exfoliant is basically a way of removing dead skin cells and revealing the new, healthy skin underneath. Coffee grounds also contain caffeic acid, an antioxidant which helps fight the appearance of premature skin aging like wrinkles and sun spots. In addition it has also demonstrated antimicrobial activity making it a good option for those who struggle with acne. All these benefits make coffee the ideal ingredient for a body scrub. 

photo of homemade coffee body scrub

Coffee Body Scrub Recipe


  • 1 cup used coffee grounds
  • 1 cup raw brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • Melt coconut oil and allow to cool 
  • Mix all the ingredients together and store in a mason jar
  • Use 1-2 times a week; rub over the body (avoiding areas around the eyes), leave on for several minutes then wash off with warm water.

Eye Solution

Not only can that morning coffee wake you up but if you save some of those used coffee grounds you can eliminate those puffy eyes as a result of that sleepless night. Caffeine found in coffee grounds has been shown to constrict blood vessels which helps to naturally tighten skin and reduce swelling and inflammation. Simply set aside some of those used coffee grounds to cool, then dab them onto the area under the eye and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off well and voila! Brightened and tightened eyes!

Scalp Treatment

Similar to the body scrub, coffee makes a great exfoliator for the scalp helping to remove the buildup of dead skin cells from the roots. In addition to this several studies have shown that caffeine can also stimulate increased hair growth- BONUS!

When using coffee for a scalp treatment you simply apply ⅓ a cup or so of ground coffee (the amount will vary depending on how much hair you have) to the wet scalp and massage in, then rinse out. Follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner. Note as you will see later on coffee can stain lighter hair tones so we don’t recommend using this if you have a lighter hair colour.

Tinting your Hair

Coffee can be used as a temporary stain to add depth to your natural hair colour. We only recommend using this if your natural hair colour is dark blonde or brown (not for lighter hair colours). Coffee can elevate the richness of your hair colour without the use of harsh chemicals. To do this mix 1-2 teaspoons of coffee grounds (depending on the length and thickness of hair) into a handful of conditioner and apply to shampooed hair. Leave in for 5 minutes then rinse out.

photo of brunette hair

Reducing Cellulite

Coffee can help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It is thought to do this by dehydrating the skin and stimulating blood flow which results in a tightening effect. To use for this you simply mix together equal parts of unused coffee grounds and coconut oil and massage into cellulite prone areas then rinse clean. It is best to use this a few times a week. Note for this treatment to work you need to use unused coffee grounds and make sure the coffee is caffeinated.

Brighten Skin

Coffee is a great natural option for a skin cleanser. As an exfoliant it helps to remove toxins and clean pores. The caffeine in coffee also helps to stimulate circulation and leads to a radiant, glowing complexion. We recommend using your coffee grounds to make a coffee and cocoa facemask to do this.

Coffee And Cocoa Facemask


  • 2 T ground coffee
  • 2 T cocoa
  • 3 T natural yoghurt
  • 1 T honey


  • Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste
  • Apply to face (avoiding area around eyes)
  • Leave on for 15 minutes and allow to dry then wash off in the shower

These are just a few of the different ways you can recycle those old coffee grounds and save money on beauty products. Now we can’t promise that these will give you a body or skin like Kim Kardashian but maybe they are a step in the right direction. And if we can drink lots of coffee and pursue beauty at the same time, why wouldn’t we!?

If you have any other ideas of ways to reuse coffee we would love to hear from you below! 


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