This coffee face scrub is perfect for awakening dull skin, increasing circulation, and is safe for all skin types, even sensitive skin!
Exfoliating scrubs are extremely easy to make at home. Even better is that the ingredients in homemade scrubs are so safe, you can eat them!
I’ve shared several body scrub recipes before, but I’ve been cautious about sharing face scrub recipes. The reason being is that many scrubs are too abrasive for the face. Sugar, brown sugar and salt are often used in scrubs. Sea salt is especially rough on the skin and should only be used on the most rigid skin (your feet and hands).
When it comes to your face, you need only use the gentlest exfoliant. My two favorite face scrubs are made with fine ground coffee and ground oats. Both of these are very gentle on the skin yet leave the skin bright and smooth.
My coffee face scrub uses only finely ground coffee and a carrier oil (I use coconut oil or hemp seed oil). This two-ingredient face scrub comes together quickly and is appropriate for all skin types.
Coffee Face Scrub Recipe
For this facial scrub recipe, you’ll need a tbs of very fine ground coffee and one tbs of your favorite facial oil.
Step 1: Pour 1/4 cup of organic coffee beans into a coffee grinder and grind on high for 30-60 seconds. Open the coffee grinder and mix the coffee grinds around. Then, grind again until the coffee grinds to a fine powder. This step is essential because if the ground coffee isn’t finely ground, it may be too abrasive on your skin and cause irritation.
Step 2: Measure one tablespoon of finely ground coffee from the grinder and scoop it into a small bowl.
Step 3: Choose your carrier oil. If you have acne-prone skin, it’s best to choose a non-comedogenic oil to use on your face. High comedogenic oils clog pores and are not suitable for acne prone skin. My favorite non-comedogenic facial oils are hemp seed oil, neem oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil and rosehip oil. Though coconut oil is a higher comedogenic oil, it’s safe for many skin types and works tremendously well in this recipe (it’s what I use daily on my face).
Step 4: Create your coffee face scrub! Now it’s time to mix your scrub and apply it to your face. First, you mix the coffee grounds with the carrier oil. If you’re adding essential oils to your face scrub, now is the time to add them. I suggest adding only one or two drops.
How To Use
- Before you begin, take care that your face is clean and remove any makeup. My homemade makeup remover whips are great for this!
- Next, take a small portion of the mixture and rub it between your fingers. Then gently massage your face in circular motions. Use more scrub if needed to scrub the whole face and neck area. This scrub is also gentle enough to use on the lips.
- Once you’ve exfoliated your face, gently rinse the coffee face scrub off with warm water (don’t use hot water). Use a towel to damp your face dry.
- Follow with a a face mask, face serum and moisturizer.
Can I use a coffee face scrub daily?
It depends on your skin. Generally, you should only exfoliate your skin and face two to three times a week. Overuse of scrubs can cause skin irritation.
How is this diy coffee scrub different from your coffee body scrub recipe?
The coffee in this face scrub is finely ground, which is less abrasive on the skin. This recipe also doesn’t use sugar, spices, or essential oils, which may irritate sensitive skin.
Can I add essential oils to this scrub?
Absolutely! Essential oils are great for the skin. However, be cautious when using essential oils; they’re very powerful! I suggest adding only one to two drops to this recipe.
How long will this scrub last if stored in a jar?
This recipe makes enough for one use. The reason being, because it uses organic material, and we’re applying it to the face. I recommend making a fresh scrub every time you exfoliate your face.
I have irritated dry skin. Is this scrub a good option for me?
I suggest testing the scrub on a small area of your skin to see how your skin responds. If it turns red or has signs of inflammation, wash it off quickly. This scrub is a gentle exfoliant, but if it’s too much for your skin I suggest talking to your dermatologist for suggestions on a scrub appropriate for your skin.
Can used coffee grounds be used instead of fresh grounds?
Yes, used grounds can be used in this coffee face scrub. Just note, that used grounds don’t have nearly as much caffeine, which is one of the main reasons coffee is used on the skin. The caffeine stimulates the skin, increases blood circulation, and may help reduce puffiness and wrinkles. Fresh coffee is also high in antioxidants, which help lesson or prevent the effects fo free radicals.
Coffee Face Scrub Recipe
- coffee grinder
- small bowl
- 1 tbsp fine ground organic coffee
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, olive oil, or hemp seed oil
- Grind the coffee beans on high for 30-60 seconds. Open the coffee grinder and mix the coffee grinds around. Then, grind again until the coffee grinds to a fine powder.
- Measure one tablespoon of finely ground coffee from the grinder and pour it into a small bowl.
- Mix the coffee grounds with the carrier oil. If you're adding essential oils to your face scrub, now is the time to add them. I suggest adding only one or two drops.
- Take a small portion of the scrub and rub it between your fingers. Then gently massage your face, chin, and neck. Use more scrub if needed to scrub the whole face and neck area.
- Once you've exfoliated your face, gently wash the coffee face scrub off with warm but not hot water. Use a towel to damp your face dry. Follow with a face serum and moisturizer.