Ground coffee scrubs don’t work for cellulite, stop wasting time and messing up your bathroom

One of the biggest beauty fads in the last few years is the scrubbing of ground coffee beans on your skin in the hope that it will smoothen out your cellulite and firm up your legs.

Although it intuitively doesn’t make sense, this hasn’t stopped 372,000 web pages, according to Google, to be created on the subject.

“Caffeine in coffee beans is tightly bound within the fibres of the beans and only released into your espresso under high temperature (90º Celsius) and high pressure (9000 millibars, i.e. nine times the atmospheric pressure and equivalent to the pressure found 240 ft deep into the ocean). Caffeine just does not just travel out of its own volition through the fibres of the ground beans onto the skin's surface, just because you rub the beans against your skin”, cellulite expert Georgios Tzenichristos says.

“In fact you can scrub those coffee grounds into your skin until it bleeds and still no caffeine will be expressed out of the beans; and even if it did, almost none of it would travel through your skin into your deep skin layers to “fight cellulite”, Georgios explains.

So coffee scrubs may be great for exfoliation, but that’s it. As caffeine, the purported active ingredient, does not ever leave the coffee grounds, and knowing caffeine’s “impossible” skin absorption, it would never reach your fat cells anyway.

Why then every single article about ‘how to get rid of cellulite’ in the last few years mentions coffee bean scrubs as a solution? “The answer is summed up in three words: marketing, hype, ignorance”, Georgios says. “We have seen it in the past with those impossible ‘cellulite trainers’, ‘detox foot patches’, ‘caffeine infused jeans” etc etc. The list is endless...”

If you want to fight cellulite at home without spending money on treatments and creams, the answer remains simple: follow a strict healthy diet comprising of loads of veg, fruit and lean protein, walk everywhere, exercise a lot, have daily contrast showers specifically on your legs and, if you want to give your legs some cellulite-busting TLC at home, give them ten minutes of strong massage a day, comprising of alternating kneading and stroking moves, with the aid of little oil. That will boost circulation much more than any type of body brushing or coffee bean scrubbing ever will.

For those of you want to do more and learn more (all 20,000 words of advice!), Georgios has written the ultimate guide for hot legs this summer, comprising 63 natural leg smoothing tips - it can be accessed at


Georgios is the director of LipoTherapeia, London's only aesthetic practice focusing exclusively on cellulite and skin tightening. Georgios can be contacted at or on 02071182014.

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