Scrub Away Cellulite With Coffee Grounds?

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Cellulite affects even the most devoted gym rats and health nuts — including 90 percent of women at some point during their lives.

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Cellulite is fibrous bands that go from the top of your skin to the fat layer, pulling it down,” said dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara to Good Housekeeping. “Those bands need to be severed to make cellulite go away.”

Unfortunately, for those who want to make cellulite completely disappear, that means visiting a dermatologist for widely expensive laser treatments. For those who can’t shell out the money for treatment, there are affordable, albeit limited, at-home options for combatting cellulite.

However, just because the options are limited does not mean there aren’t any effective products out there. Body scrubs containing coffee might be able to reduce visible cellulite. Yes, coffee is no longer just your necessary morning pick-me-up — it can also help you get rid of that pesky, stubborn cellulite.

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Coffee grounds can give your skin an extra boost from the antioxidants, and the caffeine can tighten the skin.

“Caffeine stimulates dilation while the scrubbing motion increases circulation, plumping up the skin and making cellulite look less obvious,” said Dr. Gohara. “Plus, coffee grounds contain antioxidants, so they can increase collagen production.”

Caffeine also dehydrates fatty cells in your skin, reducing the appearance of cellulite and leaving your skin looking smooth.

“The theory behind caffeine is that it actually can reduce fat,” Dr. Ava Shamban, an assistant professor of Dermatology at UCLA, told The Early Show on CBS. “It can enhance fat metabolism and also reduce some of the edema, or swelling that we get around the fat, so the skin appears smoother.”

Isola Vanilla + Coffee Body Scrub

However, to avoid drying out your skin while scrubbing away cellulite, look for products like the Vanilla + Coffee Body Scrub by Isola, which contains nourishing ingredients like coconut and grapeseed oil.

The Vanilla + Coffee Body Scrub by Isola is one of the first products we’re featuring in the new Vital Updates store.

Click here to buy the Isola Body Scrub

Danielle Tarasiuk
Danielle Tarasiuk is a multimedia journalist based in Los Angeles. Her work has been published on AllDay.com, Yahoo! Sports, KCET, and NPR-affiliate stations KPCC and KCRW. She’s a proud Sarah Lawrence College and USC Annenberg alumn.