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Whether it’s Monday morning or Friday afternoon, there isn’t a bad time for a cup of coffee. If you’re a caffeine addict like us, or you’re always on the hunt for the latest skin care trends (or you’re a combination of the two), you’ve likely heard about the coffee scrub craze. Everyone’s using one—or so it seems if you take a quick scroll through your social media feeds. Almost equally as popular as using a coffee scrub is creating a DIY scrub. But is that the best way to try this trend? Here, we’re digging into whether or not you should follow DIY coffee scrub recipes to make your own.
While it may be tempting to DIY this skin care trend, making your own coffee scrub has the potential to cause harm to your skin. Exfoliating can already be harsh on the skin, and creating your own, untested scrub can result in irritation and damage. Not convinced? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation can give you brighter and younger-looking skin, but certain treatments can make the condition of your skin worse. Rather than DIY a scrub, opt for an exfoliating scrub that has been tested by professionals, is safe for your skin, and can be used multiple times a week without being overly harsh.
Again, we don’t recommend taking the DIY route with your coffee scrub. Even if you’re looking for a way to repurpose your old coffee grounds, we’d say to skip it.
Unlike regular scrubs that you purchase at your neighborhood drugstore, homemade coffee scrubs do not come with an expiration date. Since you’re mixing your coffee grounds with multiple ingredients, you run the risk of introducing bacteria into your scrub if they are stored long-term. That’s one more reason not to DIY a scrub!
When you buy a coffee scrub at the store, it typically is formulated with preservatives that ensure it’s safe to use until the expiration date hits. With a homemade scrub, there’s no such assurance.
Just because you can’t create your own DIY coffee scrub doesn’t mean you have to miss out on this skin care trend! Our best coffee scrub, the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface and Energize Kona Coffee Scrub, is the perfect avenue for participating in this popular trend. The formula is made with a blend of three pure sugars, finely ground coffee, almond oil, and coconut oil to gently yet effectively exfoliate your skin. The scrub removes dirt, oil, and impurities to leave your skin feeling energized, refreshed, baby-soft, and smooth.
If you’re ready to jump on the coffee scrub bandwagon (we know we are), here’s a step-by-step guide on how to incorporate a coffee-based scrub into your skin care routine.
To start your skin care routine, use a facial cleanser like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser. This cleanser removes everyday impurities and leaves your skin with a fresh glow. To apply, squeeze the product into your hands and add water to transform the clay formula into a mousse. Then massage the cleanser in circular motions over your face before rinsing thoroughly and patting dry.
Next, it’s time to exfoliate your skin! The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface and Energize Coffee Facial Scrub can be used to exfoliate both your face and lips. Use dry fingers to apply the scrub to your face, avoiding your eye area. Then gently massage the scrub over your face with wet fingers. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water when you’re finished exfoliating. The scrub can be used three times a week.
To complete this simple routine, hydrate your skin with a facial moisturizer like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin.
Want other gentle face scrubs to try? The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar line is perfect for you! Here are three additional face scrubs you can consider adding to your skin care routine:
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: This face scrub contains three pure sugars and kiwi seeds in its formula. The scrub will unclog and purify your pores while leaving you with smooth, revived skin use after use.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: With three pure sugars, grapeseed, finely ground acai, and Monoi oils in its formula, this face scrub will leave your skin feeling baby-soft and healthier in one week.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: This face scrub contains three pure sugars, coconut oil, and cocoa butter in its formula. The buttery-soft sugar scrub will leave your skin feeling more nourished, softer, and healthier in one week.
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