How to Use Old Coffee Grounds to Exfoliate, Brighten Hair Color and Treat Cellulite

5 years ago
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I keep reading that used coffee grounds are good for cellulite –- well, as good as any of the other products out there, which charge scandalously for short-term results you can get with used coffee grinds. But it also seems like it would be a good, cheap and safe for sensitive skin exfoliator, so I did some research and got some surprises.

Used Coffee Grounds Exfoliant:

Mix the used grounds in with your usual liquid cleanser. You can just experiment to get the right ration of grounds to liquid for your skin, or you can find a ton of recipes online, some of which add sugar or salt for further detoxification and olive oil as a base.

Used Coffee Grounds Cellulite Treatment:

If you look at the ingredients in overpriced cellulite treatments, the main one is always caffeine. Just mix a small amount of used grounds with your moisturizer –- something like a teaspoon to an entire bottle -- and I promise the few grounds that stick to your skin will fall off as soon as the lotion dries.

Used Coffee Grounds to Enhance Hair Color:

Hair Color Enhancer –- Add 2 tbsp of coffee grounds to your shampoo to enhance the hair color of brunettes and redheads. Also you can brew a really strong cup of coffee (espresso would be fabulous), let cool. Then saturate dry hair with coffee. Cover hair with a plastic shower cap or bag and let sit for 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.

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