Coffee Grounds For Cellulite? Some Thoughts

Introduction – Lesser Known Uses Of Coffee Grounds

Can we put coffee grounds to extra use, in the spirit of zero waste? One of the most popular ideas of getting more use out of coffee grounds is to use them to exfoliate skin. What’s the idea behind that? We certainly have a lot of questions on our mind. A scientific review of antioxidants in coffee in 2013 concluded the following:

The most antioxidant-rich beverages are [1]: coffee—200–550 mg/cup; tea—150–400 mg/cup; red wine—150–400 mg/glass. Intake of these drinks makes a significant contribution to the total amount of antioxidants consumed by people.

Yashin et al, Antioxidants 2013

This scientific review is wise to stay away from saying whether or not the antioxidants in coffee have any health benefits. Like red wine, coffee has permeated at least the public consciousness in that it has rich antioxidants and therefore associated with health benefits. Namely, that antioxidants fight free radicals, a cause of premature aging of organs. The thoughts goes that free radicals cause wrinkles, fine lines, and pigmentation changes.

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But rather than restrict oneself to ingesting coffee as a breakfast beverage, people have resorted to using coffee grounds for exfoliating, in particular for cellulite. The reasoning goes, if you apply coffee grounds to the affected area, the antioxidants will act on the skin itself, increase circulation, reduce skin bumpiness and cellulite etc.

It’s not really clear to us at ShrinkThatFootprint whether or not these claims are backed up by science. For sure correlative studies suggest red wine is associated with reduced cardiovascular disease, but this is a correlation, not a causal association. To our knowledge we’re pretty sure no one has tested the anti cellulite properties of coffee in a controlled way! Only a true randomized experiment with people and antioxidant intake can prove the idea of antioxidants having a health benefit.

On the other hand, having coffee, drinking red wine, even exfoliating with coffee grounds, seem rather harmless daily living activities. These activities are part of our eating, drinking and self care. So despite the evidence being not so clear, we think that there’s no harm in maximizing the use of coffee grounds because otherwise they just get thrown in the trash!

How Do You Use Coffee Grounds As A Cellulite Scrub?

If you want to use coffee grounds on your skin, do a patch test first to see if your skin will react negatively.

Finding an effective cellulite scrub isn’t always easy, but coffee grounds can be a great natural option. The caffeine in the coffee helps eliminate excess water and toxins that may be causing your cellulite. The antioxidants in the coffee help improve circulation and reduce inflammation, which is what is causing those unwanted dimples on your legs! Here are a few things you could gather before you start scrubbing:

1. Coffee Grounds

You can use fresh or used coffee grounds for this scrub. If you have leftover coffee grounds from your morning cup, then you can use those! You might also consider buying fresh, high-quality coffee beans and grinding them yourself. This ensures that you will get the best results from your cellulite scrub.

2. Coconut Oil

The coconut oil is a great addition to any body scrub as it helps moisturize and hydrate the skin while also acting as an exfoliator. It’s also high in antioxidants, making it great for fighting signs of aging on your skin!

3. Sugar or Salt

Adding some sugar or salt to your coffee grounds will help with exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, try using a finer grain sugar, as it will be less harsh.

4. Essential Oils

Adding some essential oils to the scrub can help make the coffee grounds feel more luxurious! Some great essential oils that work well with coffee grounds are lemon, peppermint, and eucalyptus oil. These not only smell amazing, but they also act as additional antioxidants, which can help clear up your skin even more!

Once you have mixed all these ingredients in a bowl, simply rub the mixture onto your cellulite-affected areas (e.g., thighs or buttocks) for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. It’s important to give your skin a chance to rest and heal, so be sure not to scrub too hard! If you experience any irritation or redness after using the coffee grounds on your cellulite, it’s best to discontinue using them. Otherwise, enjoy your smooth and silky legs!

What Happens When You Scrub Your Body With Coffee?

A few different benefits are supposed to come from scrubbing your body with coffee. First, the caffeine in the coffee can help increase circulation to areas where cellulite has formed, which helps break up those unwanted fat deposits and reduce water retention. This can lead to smoother, tighter skin and less visible cellulite.

Second, the antioxidants in coffee also have anti-aging properties, which can help fight signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines. Finally, the exfoliating nature of coffee grounds helps slog away dead skin cells and reveal healthier, smoother skin underneath.

How Long Do I Leave Coffee Scrub On For Cellulite?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as different people may experience different results from using coffee grounds on their cellulite. In general, it’s recommended that you leave your body scrub on for about 2-3 minutes or until the coffee grounds start to dry and flake away. You can then rinse off the scrub with warm water and follow up by applying a moisturizing lotion to help keep your skin hydrated.

Over time, you should start to notice a cellulite reduction, especially if you use the scrub regularly. However, it’s important to be patient and consistent when using any cellulite treatment – results don’t typically appear overnight!

Do Coffee Grounds Help Tighten Skin?

Some evidence is that coffee grounds may be effective for tightening the skin. Coffee contains antioxidants that can help fight free radicals, one of the main causes of premature aging and wrinkling. Additionally, the caffeine in coffee helps eliminate excess water and toxins from the body, which may contribute to sagging skin.

There are several ways to use coffee grounds for skin tightening, including mixing them with other natural ingredients like coconut oil or essential oils or using them as part of an exfoliation scrub. However, it is important to do a patch test before using if you have sensitive skin to ensure your skin won’t react negatively to the coffee grounds. If you want tighter, smoother skin, it may be worth giving coffee grounds a try!

Although there are many natural and DIY options for reducing cellulite, it might be time to consider professional treatments if you’re serious about getting rid of those pesky dimples. Another treatment option is radio frequency, which uses electrical currents to heat the tissue to break down fat cells and increase collagen production. These treatments have unclear, dubious benefit, so we really suggest you consult a dermatologist or clinician.


In conclusion, coffee grounds for cellulite can be a great option for reducing dimpled skin and improving the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine, antioxidants, exfoliating properties, and tightening effect can all work together to improve the look of your skin. However, it’s important to be patient with any natural treatment, as results often take time to develop. If you’re serious about getting rid of cellulite, consider visiting a dermatologist or aesthetician for professional treatments like Endermologie or radio frequency. Good luck!

Anne Lauer
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Anna Lauer is a writer, gardener, and homesteader living in rural Wisconsin. She has written for Mother Earth News, Grit, and Hobby Farms magazines. Anna is writing a new book about growing your food for free and an ultimate guide to producing food at little to no cost. When shes not writing or gardening, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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