DIY Beauty: Coffee Scrub for Cellulite?
There are some weird beauty regimens out there, but this one may take the cake. Rubbing coffee and oil all over your butt to get rid of bumps? Right. Those were my thoughts, at least, until I read up on it.
I like to include the science behind the beauty tricks I share because then I'm able to defend myself against people who think I'm crazy. Hit them with the facts, and then who's the jerk?
So, here's the science behind this one: Caffeine constricts the blood vessels, causing the puckers in the skin to tighten and smooth out. Because coffee is a diuretic, it's supposed to withdraw the water in fat cells, also acting to even out the skin.
So it's worth a try, right?
The way this whole thing is supposed to work goes kind of like this: you make a scrub with coffee grounds, scrub it over affected areas, and rinse off in the shower. The alleged result? A smooth bottom, or wherever else you have the bumpy stuff.
I used a coffee scrub given to me by my friend Cassie (Thanks!). My best guess is that it's made up something like this:
¾ cup fresh coffee grounds
¾ cup olive oil
¼ cup sugar
As I've mentioned in previous posts, making scrubs from natural ingredientes is not an exact science. There are lots of ingredients that are good for your skin (honey, coconut oil, olive oil, oatmeal, sugar) so grab a few and start experimenting!
I try to experiment with everything I write about, because I feel like it makes me somewhat of an authority. If I've tried it, I can tell you what works and what doesn't. So obviously, I wanted to try this cellulite-busting scrub. The thing is, I fortunately do not have much of a problem with cellulite. I mean, I have a few butt-puckers, but nothing major.
Regardless, I decided to try. Please no comments about me thinking I'm fat or something – because first of all I don't, and second of all pretty much every female is affected with cellulite. 90%, actually. And I'm completely satisfied with my appearance, as all of you should be. You're beautiful! I'm simply trying to experiment this odd idea.
So without further ado, here's a photo of my butt.
Like I mentioned earlier, it's a very simple process. Make potion, scrub butt, rinse off. So that's what I did.
Sidenote – oil is very slippery on the shower floor, so be careful.
I scrub-a-dubbed coffee all over my bumpy spots for about a minute at the beginning of my shower. Then, I proceeded to use the scrub everywhere else too, because it's exfoliating and nourishing and stuff. Once I was done with my regular shower routine, I re-scrubbed my hindparts out of fear that it wouldn't work.
And did it? You be the judge. Here's the “after” photo of my butt.
Honestly, I don't feel like it did very much. My right cheek does appear slightly smoother, but you can still see the bigger dimple on the left. So does it really truly work? Can using coffee scrubs temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite?
I think it needs further research. Possibly a different bum. Theoretically, it should work. If science is telling us the truth, it totally makes sense. And I'll tell you the truth: If I was taking a shower before heading out to the beach, and I had my coffee scrub ready, I'd definitely still use it. At the very least, I'd have a silky smooth rear.
Seeking the Truth
I'm kind of upset about this. I even came back to the experiment after writing this post, and tried to go more in-depth for better results. I scrubbed with my coffee for about 4-5 minutes and let it sit for at least 10 before rinsing off.
Still, no major difference.
It bothers me that most people online don't even bother to test this before posting it. Or maybe they do, but they NEVER post before/after photos, or they get no results and just lie about it. Well, I'm here to tell you guys what's up! I don't think it worked on me. However, it may on you - so if it does, please do let me know.
I'm honest when I write. So if you're interested in honest beauty tips, please don't hesitate to check out my other posts, some of which have to do with coffee too!