Top Six Skin Benefits of Coffee Grounds

Your morning cup of coffee can do even more than boost you awake; it can also beautify your skin!

Thanks to all those wonderful antioxidants compounds, the phenols, it helps fight free radicals that lead to skin damage.

You can now find many products on the market with coffee ingredients for cosmetic purposes.

You can make up your own blends by using your own coffee grounds, to make a scrub, mask or paste and apply directly to your skin.

It leaves your skin renewed, stimulated, refreshed, and Oh, so smooth! 

Skin Benefits of Using Coffee Grounds

  1. Coffee grounds on the skin fights cellulite by activating blood circulation, assisting in breaking up fatty tissue cells, to firm and smooth skin. Use on large cellulite areas like hips, butt or upper arms. 
  1. Coffee grounds are also good massage tools to help varicose veins by increasing blood supply and preventing further occurrence. 
  1. Applying ground coffee on skin exfoliates old skin cells, removes impurities due to the caffeic acid. It may boost collagen levels and can reduce pre-mature aging of cells. 
  1. It makes a great foot bath, reduces swelling, rids dry scaly skin by soaking and scrubbing of soles of feet. This helps increase the blood circulation and rids feet of dead skin cells leaving your feet feeling so much better than before. 
  1. Acne responds well to the chlorogenic acid in your coffee grounds and is effective at unclogging pores and cleansing skin cells. It reduces redness and irritation, inflammation and even protects against some bacteria. Be careful, do not be aggressive, it could cause more irritation. (Use finely ground coffee). 
  1. The grounds also brighten and tighten the skin, reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eyes; use very finely ground coffee for a coffee facial mask. A compound, methylxanthine, in coffee, has a diuretic effect, which aids in reducing the edema and swelling from fluid retention seen on our face and around the eyes. 

Recipes for Skin Cleansing with Coffee Grounds

It is recommended you use finely ground coffee and do not become to aggressive with the scrubbing, since that can also irritate the skin; especially if you have sensitive or delicate skin; and around thinner skin areas like the eyes.


Ground Coffee Face and Body Scrub

½ cup coffee grounds

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup of almond or coconut oil

Add a drop of vanilla or lavender essential oil for scent (optional)

Blend and massage into skin. Rinse off after a few minutes. Be careful your shower floor will be slippery.

This leaves your skin renewed, stimulated, and refreshed. 


Relaxing Foot Scrub

¼ cup coffee grounds

¼ cup of Epsom salts or dead sea salts

¼ cup of virgin olive oil

Blend and place your feet in a tub of this mixture, rubbing into the feet and ankles, soak for about 5 minutes. Rinse off well and pat dry.



Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.




Written by Cynthia Burrows