Body Scrub: Here’s Why People in Japan Take a Coffee Bath 

 July 22, 2015

By  Gabriela

Hakone Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park and Spa Resort has taken coffee to a new level that can only be described as priceless! They use coffee bath:

Using a body scrub to remove dead skin cells should be the first thing you do in the morning. You can use this scrub on your hands, feet, face and every body part.

Although it may sound a little bit odd, coffee is actually a great material for scrubs. There are few reasons why coffee is so efficient.

To start with, it has extraordinary exfoliating properties. The small grounds will slowly remove the dead skin cells and make your skin feel refreshed. This is very important because the old “used” skin make people look older.

Exfoliators based on plants are a perfect substitution for artificial micro beads that are present in most commercial scrubs. The good news is that many companies as well as many government bodies and institutions are advising manufacturers to stop using these plastic beads.

In addition, coffee is packed with caffeine. Well, this is something obvious. Whilst it is true that you won’t get enough caffeine to feel effects all over the body, it is true that when coffee (caffeine) is used externally, it can improve blood circulation and tighten blood vessels in the skin which makes the top layers more flexible, elastic and smooth.

According to some studies conducted on mice, coffee can also prevent the development of skin cancer.

What is interesting is that even used grounds come with significant amounts of caffeine, so don’t toss away the used grounds.

Here’s Why People in Japan Take a Coffee Bath

Japanese Body Scrub Remedy

So, are you prepared to create a completely natural and efficient scrub? This simple recipe will do wonders for your skin and your health in general. Take a small bowl and mix the following ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of olive oil. You can use melted coconut oil for better scent,
  • ½ cup of used coffee grounds,
  • A sprinkling of lime, lemon zest or orange.


Seal this mixture in a bowl or jar and make sure you add the date on some visible place. The used grounds will eventually begin to grow bacteria because of the moisture found in them, so it is the best idea to keep the scrub in the refrigerator and use it for no more than 3 days. It is recommended to create smaller amounts.

When you want to use it, just spread it before you take shower and after that rinse the mixture or apply it in slow circular movements into your skin when use a towel to wipe it off.

About the author 


A mom of two with a background in journalism, I took health into my own hands and started researching to find answers to my own health struggles. My research turned into a blog that turned into an amazing community (starring you!).When I'm not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, you can find me somewhere outside in the sun or undertaking some DIY remodeling project that inevitably takes twice as long as it was supposed to.

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