Coffee is fantastic to drink. A favorite drink worldwide, there are hot and cold brew coffee benefits that I’ve discussed previously.

But, there are also coffee scrub benefits!

Instead of drinking coffee, you’ll use the ground coffee beans to help with everything from removing dead skin cells to alleviating dry skin, stretch marks and even reducing the appearance of cellulite. Additionally, you can expand your blood vessels and increase blood flow.

What are the benefits of a coffee scrub?

We’re going to journey through a wide range of reasons why you may want to use your coffee grounds to make an excellent scrub of your own. But, of course, if you’re not interested in a DIY coffee scrub, you can go on Amazon or to many beauty stores and find coffee soaps and scrubs available.

6 Coffee Scrub Benefits You Never Want to Miss

1. Alleviate Inflammation

External inflammation, such as those caused by breakouts, can be soothed and calmed with the right scrub. Coffee scrub benefits for skin inflammation are possible thanks to two main compounds and substances in coffee:

  1. Polyphenols
  2. Hydroxycinnamic acid

Polyphenols are well-known and used in skincare because it’s a compound that is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, there are immunomodulatory benefits of polyphenols, which make these compounds exceptional for both skin disorders and potentially skin cancer (view a great study here).

Hydroxycinnamic acid has been well-studied (view here), and it is found to have anti-inflammatory properties in vivo and vitro.

2. Restore Your Skin With a Coffee Scrub’s Anti-aging Power

Antioxidants are well-known for their ability to slow the aging process, and we already know that polyphenols are crammed with great antioxidants. When applied to the skin, coffee scrubs and honey (a great addition) can help you fight back against:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines

Of course, the scrub will also help tame inflammation, which has significant skin benefits. However, stopping inflammation isn’t enough to slow the aging process.


One study found that coffee offered the benefit of reducing pigmentation spots, protecting the skin from photoaging and also may decrease hyperpigmentation.

You might even want to try mushroom coffee because mushrooms are great for the skin and anti-aging.

3. Improve Blood Circulation

What benefits does coffee have when used in a body scrub? For one, it’s great for improving blood circulation in the body. If you have circulation issues, caffeine increases circulation in the body.

Caffeine, even when applied to the skin, is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream.

Improved circulation is just amazing for the body and skin because it helps pus more oxygen through the body. In addition, waste products are carried away, including free radicals, and all of this benefits your skin.

But, that’s not all of the benefits of a coffee scrub due to circulation.

Circulation also helps:

  • Improve nutrient delivery to cells in the body
  • Make the face look more vibrant
  • Improves elastin and collagen production (here)

So, if you have poor circulation in your face or want to help alleviate swelling in your lower extremities, coffee scrubs can undoubtedly help.

4. Blast Cellulite Away

Cellulite impacts 90% of women and 10% of men. And if you’ve ever tried to get rid of cellulite, you know that this is a near-impossible feat. However, a scrub may help, but don’t expect miracles by any means.

Beauty magazines and websites are all touting the potential for coffee to help with cellulite.

First, cellulite is caused by fatty tissues that form under the skin and push against other tissue that’s closer to your skin’s surface. When you have cellulite, you’ll notice dimple-like areas on the surface of your skin.

If you try treating cellulite, you’ll find that the goal of most treatments is to reduce the appearance of these dimples.

How does a coffee scrub help cellulite?

There are a few ways:

  1. Blood vessels dilate and reduce the appearance
  2. Improved blood flow can tighten the skin in these areas and also remove excess fluids
  3. Antioxidants (yes, again) help improve skin tone
  4. Exfoliant coffee scrubs will remove dead skin cells to improve the skin’s appearance

Massaging in the scrub is also beneficial, according to the American Society for Dermatology Surgery. The group states that when you massage the area, with or without a scrub, it helps improve the appearance of cellulite by increasing lymphatic drainage and also stretching the skin’s tissue.

One study on a caffeine cream showed the potential for caffeine to be used as a cellulite treatment. However, since this was a cream and not a scrub, it remains to be seen if a scrub would offer the same great benefits.

5. Coffee Scrubs are Amazing for Your Hair

When I first dived into the research portion of this article, I knew about the benefits of coffee scrub for your skin, but I didn’t think it would offer hair benefits, too.

If you rub the scrub into your scalp, it will exfoliate the area and stimulate hair growth.

In fact, coffee benefits for hair include:

  • Promote hair growth
  • Remove clogged scalp pores
  • Obliterate dead skin cells

Exfoliation also helps you get rid of dirt and oil buildup on the scalp. Simply massage the scrub into the scalp thoroughly and let it sit for five to ten minutes before rinsing.

And, over time, you’ll notice your hair grows faster and is healthier.

6. Remove Dead Skin Cells for Nicer Skin

Finally, another one of the great coffee body scrub benefits is the removal of dead skin. When you add sugar to your scrub, it will help exfoliate the skin and remove those dead skin cells that clog your pores, trap impurities and stop you from being your best, radiant self.

Exfoliation is crucial to maintaining a glowing complexion and allowing your skin to retain more moisture.

The amazing benefits of exfoliation will leave you with radiant skin. When applying, make sure to make circular motions, use warm water when removing the scrub and use fresh ground coffee instead of instant.

Also, if you like to wear make-up, exfoliating first will prep the skin for you.

We’ve learned a lot about coffee scrub benefits in this article, and now it’s time to give a scrub a try to see how they work for you. You can choose to make your own DIY coffee scrub or purchase a ready-made product.

Note: A lot of the studies surrounding coffee and its many benefits are related to consuming coffee. However, since these compounds, substances, and even caffeine are absorbed through the skin, many of the benefits of consuming coffee should also be experienced in a coffee scrub.

Michael DeFelice
Michael DeFelice

Mike’s an obsessive gnome, always worried about bettering himself, overcoming physical limitations and trying to grow his homestead. He’s a former computer programmer, turned researcher/writer with a focus on health and wellness.