Although there are plenty of products that promise to get rid of cellulite, I simply don’t believe it is possible to get rid of it all. A healthy diet and exercise are the number one ways to battle the unsightly dimply annoyance, however that doesn’t always work. The fact it…a person is either genetically prone to having cellulite, or they’re not. I happen to be one that is. Awesome.
Cellulite consists of fibrous bands that go from the top of your skin to the fat layer, pulling it down. These bands need to be severed to make cellulite go away. Unfortunately for those who seek to make cellulite disappear, coffee grounds can’t achieve this indefinitely. Going into trying to ‘treat’ cellulite with this mindset, I do believe there are things that we can do to help reduce the appearance without going through any drastic procedures.
Again…the most recommended approaches are mentioned above…proper diet and consistent exercise. Then we turn to beauty products. This DIY scrub is so easy to make, requiring only five ingredients. I use it a few times a week on my problem areas. Caffeine from the coffee stimulates dilation while the scrubbing motion increases circulation, plumping up the skin and making cellulite look less obvious. Additionally, coffee grounds contain antioxidants, so they can increase collagen production. Brown sugar assists with exfoliation of dead skin. Coconut oil and jojoba oil are both natural skin conditioners that work to hydrate and leave the skin smooth. Vitamin E is absolutely amazing for your skin. It is a natural anti-aging agent that works to heal scars and gets rid of dull dry skin, along with many other benefits.
I’ve been making my own skin care products for awhile now. Like so many others, for years I would blindly buy products promising to give dramatic results and didn’t give any thought about what was in it or how it was tested if there was a chance that there was a miracle cure for whatever real or made-up flaw I had. After I became vegan, I began doing some research on beauty products for the sole purpose of separating the vegan and cruelty free companies from the others. This was a great start, but then led me to further research the ingredients. (This post isn’t about animal cruelty, although I do implore you to do a google search on animal testing in beauty products)
Vegan product or not, there are some disgusting things in beauty products, many that you probably don’t know are there. Other than vowing to never buy products that have been tested on animals again, I also decided that I wanted to stay away from unnecessary chemicals and preservatives. After all, your skin is your largest organ and it really does matter what you expose it to. Just another reason to make your own concoctions…aside from how easy it is and how much cheaper to make.
Coffee Body Scrub
- 1 and 1/2 cups coffee grounds
- 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup cold pressed unrefined coconut oil, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
- 20 drops of vitamin E oil
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until fully combined using either a fork or your hands. Store in an air-tight glass jar at room temperature.
2. To use, wet skin with warm water. Scrub and massage area well and rinse with warm water.
Did you try this? Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture using #gingerveganista on Instagram and tag @TheGingerVeganista or Twitter and tag @GingerVeganista or Facebook and tag The Ginger Veganista. Can’t wait to hear from you!