Aug 2004, Real Simple, p.155


Global Beauty

Russian Coffee Body Smoother

The Ritual:

In some Russian spas, women use wet coffee grounds as a body scrub. They massage the grounds onto moist skin to slough off flaky, dry layers and leave the skin softer.

Why It Works: "Coffee grounds are a gentle exfoliant," Downie says. "Since they aren't overly abrasive, it's a nice way of removing dry skin on the body." The caffeine in the coffee can temporarily give the skin a toned appearance and quell minor skin irritations.

To Try It At Home: If reusing coffee grounds is not your idea of smart recycling, rub BODYCOFFEE Invigorating Body Polish ($35, on your skin. It contains arabica coffee and Dead Sea salt.

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