If you've spent even five minutes on my Instagram account, you'll know that I'm a total coffee fiend. Nothing helps me usher in a new day more than a hot cup of the stuff, and now I'm prescribing to the "outside in" model of living by using it on my skin as well. Hey, waste not want not, right? Coffee scrubs are known for their many skin-related benefits, so here are five reasons to save those morning grounds of yours, or if DIY's not your bag, try a fancy scrub like Frank's.

1. Improved texture and circulation — Coffee is rich in antioxidants, which helps reduce inflammation, and the caffeine it contains draws out the excess moisture in the skin for a smoother, firmer look and feel.

2. Temporary cellulite reduction — Herein lies coffee's moisture-sucking benefits again! These scrubs have been shown to reduce the appearance of cellulite for a few hours at a time — need I say more?

3. Increased youthful-looking skin — Coffee grounds act as a mild physical exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and reveal more vibrant, younger looking skin.

4. Reduced varicose vein appearance — caffeine acts as a vascular restrictor, which means it can reduce blood cells and help diminish the look of varicose veins (are you listening, mom?).

5. UV protectors included — evidently coffee naturally contains UV protection to help block the sun's harmful rays, so you can add it to your anti-aging skincare repertoire.

After using my Frank Body original scrub for a few weeks now, I would definitely recommend it to anyone exploring their coffee-scrubbing options — it's amazing in terms of leaving my skin looking soft and glowing, and the smell is intoxicating no matter what time of day it is. I can't speak to any cellulite reduction because I haven't paid close enough attention to my legs lately (hey, life's busy!), but I can definitely say they look better after using the scrub than before I start. Plus this product is free of any nasties (like parabens, phthalates and sulphates) and goes a long way, so that's always nice. If you're more of a homemade scrub kind of girl, there's a plethora of recipes available online, but the general gist seems to be mixing coffee grounds with an oil of some kind, and possibly sugar or salt for added oomph. Either way, your skin is sure to thank you. xx

Photos by Mr. AiF