As you make healthy, positive changes to the way your body looks and feels, it only makes sense that you might want to improve the appearance of your body’s largest organ, your skin. Stretch marks are a common concern, caused by rapid change in skin growth due to pregnancy or excessive weight gain or weight loss. Although they appear to be on the top layer of our skin, stretch marks are actually in the middle layer. This is what makes them difficult to remove with topical treatment alone. But we’ve learned about a DIY scrub that may affect tissues beneath the surface, for real change.
Coffee has been gaining ground for its beneficial skincare properties. Hashtag coffeescrub on Instagram and you’ll see a new trend that is helping to soothe many common skin frustrations. This DIY scrub has two simple, everyday ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. Like any treatment, it takes time to see results, so be patient. One bonus? Do this scrub early in the morning, and the aroma of the coffee will wake you up and start your day off strong! Get to scrubbin’!
Ingredients & Why They Work:
Ground Coffee – This can be taken directly from packaging or you can use coffee grounds that have been used in your coffee machine. The caffeine in coffee, when directly applied to the skin, stimulates blood flow and circulation. This helps with cell regeneration. The ground coffee’s texture is an exfoliant which removes dead cells and loose skin, giving new skin cells an opportunity to receive proper moisture, in this case from the next ingredient.
Olive Oil – Olive oil moisturizes, cleanses, and protects the skin. Most importantly, it penetrates the skin to work on different skin layers. Stretch marks are located beneath the surface of our skin’s outer layers, and we need to penetrate that surface to get to where the actual skin damage is.
What to Do:
1. Ideally, your skin should be clean prior to applying the scrub for the best results. If you’re using coffee grounds from your machine you’re all set on the first step. If you’re using coffee straight from the package, depending on how big the affected area is, pour an adequate amount into a small bowl or container and add enough warm water to moisten the coffee but not drown it.
2. Mix olive oil with the coffee until it has a paste-like consistency. Ideally, the end mix should produce a paste that can stay on your skin for an extended period of time.
3. Once the paste is ready, gently rub it into the area where the stretch marks are present. Apply it on the skin around the area as well. If the stretch mark is the size of a golf ball, apply to the area as if it were a tennis ball. Light and gentle rubs for about 3-5 minutes.
4. Once the paste is applied, leave it on for 20 minutes.
5. After 20 minutes, grab a damp, non-abrasive cloth to wipe away the mixture from your skin.
6. Apply a natural moisturizer to the area 2-3 times throughout the day. 100% African Shea butter is a multi-purpose moisturizer which treats stretch marks, stimulates cellular growth, and repairs damaged skin.
7. This scrub should be repeated once a day until you see a noticeable difference in the area. Different peoples’ skin is different, and depending on the severity of the stretchmarks, some fading can take longer than others. Be patient!
8. If you don’t want to make the scrub daily, you can put the ingredients in an air-tight container to use whenever you need. Store at room temperature.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, Global Healing Center, Livestrong, Frank Body