Stretch marks are usually associated with a memory. It can be following a pregnancy or weight gain or loss that they show up. Scientifically speaking, it’s an indication of stretched collagen that has reached its breaking point. A large majority of both men and women aren’t keen on flaunting their stretch marks.
Many cosmetic and dermatological treatments are being popularised as effective solutions for stretch marks. However, some simple DIY home remedies are safer and cost-effective ways to get rid of these marks. Using coffee scrubs to fade stretch marks is one such popular remedy. Coffee is known to perk the skin, unclog pores and boost its firmness.1
Coffee Scrubs For Stretch Marks
Coffee grounds are known to be very good at exfoliating dead cells and the caffeine in it refreshes your skin. Below are some interesting homemade coffee scrubs you can try.2
1. Plain Coffee Scrub
Freshly ground coffee or packaged coffee grounds are excellent at removing dead skin cells and improve blood circulation.
- 1 cup of coffee grounds
- Half cup of lukewarm water
Blend both the coffee and water to make a semi-dry mix. Massage it all over your stretch marks with gentle circular movements. Let it remain for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water.
2. Mosturizing Aloe And Coffee Scrub
Aloe gel intensely moisturizes the skin and the vitamin C and E in it restore skin elasticity by boosting collagen production.
- Half cup of fresh aloe gel
- Half cup of coffee grounds
Make a paste by blending both aloe gel and coffee grounds. Massage the mixture onto the affected areas and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water on drying.
3. Skin Brightening Coffee And Yogurt Scrub
Yogurt is very useful for removing tan from sun-damaged skin. Lemon juice removes excess oil and when combined with coffee grounds, the trio forms an effective pack.
- 2 tablespoons coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup of yogurt
- Juice of half a lemon
Blend the ingredients well in a bowl and apply it all over the stretch marks. Massage gently for 10 minutes and wash away with lukewarm water.
4. Relaxing Coffee And Coconut Oil Scrub
Coconut oil has scientifically proven benefits in fighting free radical damage and aging-related changes. It’s also a deep moisturizer and very soothing to the skin.
- 1/2 cup each of coconut oil
- 3/4 cup of coffee grounds
Mix both coffee and coconut oil in liquefied form in a bowl. Scrub the mixture over all the stretch marks immediately for few minutes and rinse it off.
5. Exfoliating Coffee, Oatmeal, And Cane Sugar Scrub
Coffee, oatmeal and cane sugar both have potent exfoliating properties. Oatmeal is also good for maintaining oil balance of the skin. Coconut oil is added to the mixture to make it less abrasive to the skin.
- 1/2 cup coffee grounds
- 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
- 1/4 cup ground oatmeal
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix it well. Pour the coconut oil until it becomes a paste like a scrub. Massage it on your stretch marks.
6. Softening Coffee And Shea Butter Scrub
Shea butter has skin softening properties and anti-inflammatory effects. Therefore using it with coffee will prevent your skin from getting dehydrated while giving it a healthy sheen.
- 1/2 cup of shea butter
- 1/2 cup of coffee grounds
In a double boiler, melt the shea butter. Combine the coffee powder into it. Gently massage it over your stretch marks and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.
Remember to incorporate these coffee scrubs in your skincare routine on a regular basis. For best results, these scrubs should be used at least once or twice a week.3
|↑1||Stallings, Alison F., and Mary P. Lupo. “Practical uses of botanicals in skin care.” The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 2, no. 1 (2009): 36.|
|↑2||Goldfaden, Gary, and Robert Goldfaden. “Fight Skin Aging with Coffee Extracts.”|
|↑3||Ud‐Din, S., D. McGeorge, and A. Bayat. “Topical management of striae distensae (stretch marks): prevention and therapy of striae rubrae and albae.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 30, no. 2 (2016): 211-222.|