If you’re the type of babe who can’t make it to her Keurig machine fast enough in the A.M. – we feel you. Starting your day off right or boosting your lineup of afternoon meetings with a fresh cup of java is quite literally the easiest way to put a smile on your face, we know! However, the joy of coffee doesn’t have to stop there. We think you should know that not only is your daily Americano way comforting – it’s also way beneficial for you. From providing your body with antioxidants to making your skin glow (when used topically, of course!), coffee beans are some kinda wonderful. So, grab a latte, sis! And keep reading as we uncover the many benefits and uses of coffee: the bean we’ll never get enough of!
Coffee can help you get your daily dose of antioxidants.
Around here, we live for anything antioxidant related. For real, we pack all of our products with these guys and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Mainly because, antioxidants can help you look and feel younger, and help protect you against harmful free radicals that are found in our everyday environment.
Most babes think about applying antioxidants topically to their skin, which is great and strongly encouraged! However, adding antioxidant rich foods and (in this case) beverages to your diet is another excellent way to ensure that your body is getting all the healthy goodness it needs. Coffee is *way* rich in antioxidants. In fact, some beans contain a bigger dose of antioxidants than red wine does (and that’s saying a lot!). Studies have shown that adding even one cup of joe to your daily diet can have a positive impact on your overall antioxidant intake. Thus, helping you reap the health benefits of these powerful extracts!
So the next time you pour yourself a steaming hot cup of joe, just know that you’re providing your body with the free radical fighting antioxidants it needs (and not just that much needed energy boost you’re craving!).
That daily dose of java can help protect you against health issues.
From lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes to protecting against liver conditions, studies have suggested that consuming coffee on a regular basis can have a positive effect on reducing your overall chances of encountering health issues.
What’s more, research has even shown that regularly consuming coffee can be linked to improved brain health. Meaning, getting that caffeine jolt doesn’t only make you feel more alert. It can also help lower your risks of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
Who would have thought your daily brew could do so much, right?
Want to make those gams glow? Reach for a coffee infused body scrub.
We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to put on your cutest dress or pair of shorts, and your legs just aren’t looking their smoothest. Or, you’ve got a few dry patches you absolutely need to get rid of before you hit the pool. Keeping the skin on your body looking as healthy as the skin on your face is a top priority in our books and using coffee as your secret weapon can help with this!
Here’s the thing, babe. Exfoliating can make your skin glow, glow, glow. However, not all body scrubs are created equal and some of them can strip your skin of the moisture it needs to be healthy. BBE’s scrubs are infused with natural oils that give your skin the hydration it needs, all while getting rid of those dead cells that are making it look dull. And our coffee scrub? Well, let’s just say it does even more than make your skin oh so soft.
The coffee oil that we added into this bad boy is ahhh-mazing at stimulating circulation and making your skin tone look more even. With consistent use, this product can even help reduce the look of stretch marks and cellulite (thanks to that coffee extract, of course!). This is because java also nourishes skin and reduces water tensions, which ultimately leads to the breakdown of cellulite. Not to mention, it's also a rich source of Vitamin b3 which helps prevent non-melanoma skin cancers. Pretty impressive, right?
If you think coffee can only make you feel awake, think again babe!
We know there’s nothing like that first jolt of caffeine first thing in the morning. Especially if you’ve been up all night cramming or trying to make that work deadline. We’ve all depended on that reliable cup of joe, so many times! But babe, did you know that coffee used as an ingredient in your skincare products can also make you look more awake?
We’re serious, I mean – why would we joke about that?! And if there’s any area on your cute face we think would benefit from a little bit of java, it’s definitely the under eyes! If you want to go from sleepy to starry eyed in a flash, leverage the help of some coffee extract with BBE’s coffee bean eye cream. Coffee is great at brightening up those under eyes and reducing dark circles. Plus, as we previously mentioned above, this mighty bean has tons of anti-aging properties making it the perfect ingredient for fighting fine lines around your eye area.
All you have to do is apply a few drops around your eye area twice a day to give your peepers some much-deserved reviving. Start with a clean face and don’t be afraid to pair your favorite face moisturizers with this java-packed eye cream. Trust us, babe. You’ll only wonder why you never thought of using coffee extract in your skincare products sooner!
Skip the trip to the vending machine with a healthy dose of afternoon java.
It’s no secret that having a cup of coffee can help curb your appetite. And, that energized and full feeling you get from morning brew isn’t all in your head, babe. Studies have shown that this powerful bean can indeed aid with weight loss. This is because caffeine helps to stimulate your nervous system. If that sounds scary to you, stick with us babe. We’ll break it down simply for you, real quick.
When your nervous system is stimulated, this sends direct signals to your fat cells which causes them to break down. All of this is possible because of the increase in blood levels of a hormone called “epinephrine” or, what is commonly called “adrenaline”. This also explains why we sometimes feel like we can’t eat when a situation has made us feel a little edgy. Epinephrine makes its way through your blood all the way to your fat tissues and encourages them to break down. Yes, all of this thanks to your beloved cup of coffee.
Before we move on though, we have to put out a quick PSA. Drinking coffee alone will not lead to healthy weight loss. Of course, being mindful of your diet and consuming nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens and lean proteins will have an impact on the number you see on the scale. However, consuming a cup or two of coffee in the morning sure won’t hurt your weight loss efforts, either.
In need of an instant mood booster? A latte can help with that!
That afternoon latte is always enough to cheer us up. But did you know that it’s actually factual that coffee can really boost your mood? Get this: coffee has a *ton* of neurotransmitter effects. What this means is that the effects of a caffeine boost can have similar results to that of an anti-depressant and, when consumed in moderation, can have a seriously positive effect on your mood.
So, there you have it! You can now feel good about standing in line at Starbucks around 2 p.m. this afternoon. You know, because you’ll definitely be craving that vanilla bean latte around then, sis. And we don’t blame you! Go on, enjoy!
Getting ready to throw out those coffee grounds? Not so fast, sis!
We’ve talked about how beneficial it is to consume coffee and how fabulous it is when applied topically to your skin with the right products. But babe, the coffee hacks don’t stop there. One you’ve had your cup of joe and exfoliated away to your heart’s content, think about using coffee for even more. This mighty bean can be used to help with your daily cleaning tasks and can make your home cleaning routine that much healthier for you and the planet.
Instead of reaching for products that contain harsh chemicals, use your leftover coffee grounds to make your very own natural home cleaning scrub. And don’t worry, we promise that this natural alternative will work just as well. The reason why this hack works so well is because coffee grounds are abrasive and therefore work like magic to get rid of dirt and tough to remove build-up. All you need to do is mix your coffee grounds with a bit of water to make a paste-like consistency. We especially love using this concoction to get sinks and pots shining. Yes, even after you’ve used them to make your mom’s impossible to get out spaghetti sauce recipe.
We’re always happy to make you feel better about your java addiction.
I mean honestly, we kind of write these articles to make ourselves feel better about our coffee obsession, too! Whether you’re new to the java game or a seasoned pro, we think adding a bit of caffeine into your life can have some serious benefits. You know, like all of the ones we just listed above.
However, we are also strong proponents of the “everything in moderation” movement, too. And while we love the feeling a strong cup of joe can give us first thing in the A.M. to conquer our day, we also don’t like feeling like jittery messes, either. So enjoy those lattes in moderation, prioritize all aspects of your nutritious diet, and you’ll be well on your way to crushing all of those health goals, gorgeous. Cup of coffee in hand, of course.
Coffee beans & Big dreams,