As someone who suffers from dry and flaky skin (especially in the winter), I’m always experimenting with different exfoliants. Sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, microdermabrasion, textured bath gloves, chemical peels; I’ve tried it all.

why exfoliate

Exfoliating removes dry skin cells on the surface of your skin, unclogging your pores and unveiling a fresh layer of skin. Your skin will feel soft and smooth, and the surface reflects light easier, which means that fine lines are less visible. Exfoliation can also reduce the appearance of surface imperfections, such as acne scars and stretch marks. Frequent exfoliation slows down the aging process as well; one research study showed that after using an exfoliating sponge daily for two weeks, epidermal cell renewal rates increased from 25 to 41% 1. And while any dermatologist will tell you that you can never get rid of cellulite (unfortunately), many recommend exfoliation to reduce the appearance of cellulite because of its tightening effects 2.

why coffee

When taken orally, the caffeine in coffee is a pick-me-up that, on even the slowest mornings, can give you life.

When applied topically…
– Caffeine causes dehydration of fat cells which can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite 3
– Caffeine has been proven to have a therapeutic effect on psoriasis and is a cost-efficient home remedy 4
– Caffeine may decrease the risk for skin cancer; a study showed that topical application of caffeine inhibited the growth of tumors in mice which had a high risk of skin cancer following UVB radiation 5


Recently, I stumbled across Frank Coffee Scrub on Instagram. This brand has an excellent marketing angle; all of their advertising is a word-of-mouth Instagram campaign. People post pictures of themselves covered in the scrub captioned with #thefrankeffect and raving about the results, tagging @frank_bod. Frank reposts some of the pictures on its account (which has 4.5 thousand followers and counting), giving users even more of an incentive to promote the brand. Frank even has a second Instagram account, @frankfeedback, which posts before and after pictures of the scrub versus these various skin conditions.

This is how I found out about Frank, and after much research I decided to place an order. I chose the original scrub, which cost $15 (with free shipping within the U.S.) I thought this was a good deal; I had recently spent $20 on an exfoliating creme that only lasted a couple of weeks. The pouch that I received has lasted me over a month and I use it 2-3 times a week.

For those of you who prefer to DIY, the Free People blog has a wonderful tutorial for a homemade coconut coffee scrub.


The quality of my skin has seen enormous improvements. With over a month of regular use, my skin is more soft than it has ever been. My skin tone has become more even and free of blemishes and the stretch marks on my hips have definitely faded. I haven’t seen much reduction in cellulite, but I also have not payed much attention.

I love, love, love the way that I smell after using the scrub. Another benefit – I don’t need to use shaving cream anymore! After rinsing, there is a silky layer of almond oil on my skin, which my razor glides over. This is great because, unless you’re using an old jenky razor, you won’t run the risk of razor burn.

I would honestly recommend this product to anyone, not just people who have skin conditions. Everyone can benefit from a little bit of exfoliation!


Featured image via Frank Body

  1. Meszaros, Liz. “Exfoliating Benefits Of Buf-Puf Parallel Those Of Ahas.” Dermatology Times 17.1 (1996): 39. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Sept. 2014.
  2. “Peel Benefits.” Cosmetic Surgery Times 8.4 (2005): 68. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Sept. 2014.
  3. Baumann, Leslie S. “Less-Known Botanical Cosmeceuticals.” Dermatologic Therapy 20.5 (2007): 330-342. MEDLINE. Web. 15 Sept. 2014.
  4. Vali, Anahita, et al. “Evaluation Of The Efficacy Of Topical Caffeine In The Treatment Of Psoriasis Vulgaris.” Journal Of Dermatological Treatment 16.4 (2005): 234-237. Academic Search Complete. Web. 15 Sept. 2014.
  5. Groves, Nancy. “Caffeine Connecion.” Dermatology Times 23.11 (2002): 23. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Sept. 2014.