How Does Your Morning Coffee Affect Your Skin?
Are you a flat white kind of person? How about a soy latte? ... I know, a hot mug of green tea, right? Our choice of morning Joe is designed to give us the energy boost we need to get on with our day, but have you ever thought about what it's doing to your body, and in particular, to your skin?
We've put together some pros and cons about how caffeine can impact our skin, to help you decide on whether to cut down on your cuppas or not.
In a similar way to alcohol, caffeine is a diuretic, which means it makes you discard more water, dehydrating your body. Hydration is one of the most important factors in keeping skin from aging prematurely – without it, skin loses elasticity, and that’s when wrinkles start to appear. If you are consuming caffeine on a regular basis, make sure you keep a bottle of water at hand. Water also aids energy levels, helps maintain weight, and keeps us focused so it’s a win-win!
For most of us, we drink coffee for the hit of energy, and with this, we feel more alert. But for that to work, it has to be doing something inside the body. In fact, it’s doing something quite important – caffeine heightens the activity of our stress hormone, Cortisol. When our body’s stress hormones are overworked, it can cause visible breakouts and imperfections on the skin. If you’re an avid coffee drinker and you’re concerned about breakouts, maybe it’s time to reduce the amount of caffeine you consume and see if your zits reduce.
This excess of cortisol also causes the body to experience high blood pressure, which is damaging to the very important skin-saving protein, collagen. Collagen provides structure to various parts of the body, including the skin [i]. When collagen supplies are depleted, skin can lose its suppleness, which also contributes to premature aging and the onset of wrinkles. On top of that, the extra stress can throw hormones out of sync, leading to outbreaks of pimples on the skin similar to hormonal acne. Not good news!
A cup of coffee now and then shouldn’t be too problematic for your stress hormones, so just make sure you don’t rely on that buzz and stick to fewer than 4 cups a day.
News Alert: Caffeine wakes us up. Of course, we all know this. But do you ever think carefully about the time of day you’re drinking that Cup-O-Joe? Drinking a strongly caffeinated drink in the afternoon can impact your quality of sleep for up to 6 hours later. If you’re losing valuable beauty sleep, you will start to see dark circles appear under your eyes, and lack color in your cheeks. Sleep is just as essential to the appearance of skin as hydration is - so make sure you get a deeper, more restful sleep with our best-selling Dream Lotion!
Fancy A Coffee?
When you’re confronted with an array of different types of coffee on a menu, it’s hard to know which to choose. Iced latte or mocha? HOLD OFF! These are often full of extra ingredients that could also be harming your skin, too.
A creamy coffee might taste good, but what does dairy do to our skin?
Many dermatologists believe that dairy products like milk and cream can add to the build-up of spots and acne on our skin[ii]. Having said that, the popular dairy alternatives we find on the shelves might not be much better! These kinds of milk, such as coconut or almond milk, could contain extra sugar to make it taste, well, tastier! If you are looking for dairy-free alternatives, find one that is unsweetened to make sure you’re not replacing the effects of dairy with sugar - which is equally as bad for your skin!
Say No To Sugar
Sugar can build up in the bloodstream, and if there is an excess of sugar, glycation will occur. Glycation impacts the collagen and elastin in the skin, making it less springy and more likely to age. If you like those tasty syrups in your latte, you may want to think twice, as they contain an abundance of sugar that you and your skin just don’t need!
Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, sugar is secretly added to a lot of products, and consuming too much can have adverse effects on our skin. Choosing to skip on the syrups and fancy milk in coffees will help you reduce your sugar intake, and avoiding energy drinks will no doubt be beneficial to your skin and overall health.
What Are The Positives?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and we have found a couple of skin-benefits to drinking your beloved brew. Coffee and green tea, among other caffeinated drinks, are packed with skin-replenishing anti-oxidants. Components in green tea encourage cell turnover, helping the skin to fight the appearance of wrinkles – and unlike other caffeine, it will oppose premature aging. Go Green Tea!
Caffeine is actually found in many skin care products, too, due to its ability to revive dull, colorless skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. When used in face creams, it can stimulate blood flow and circulation, and relax any inflammation or irritation[iii].
A controlled amount of black coffee has proven benefits to your overall health, too, such as reducing the risk of certain diseases, as well as giving you the energy to pump through your day.
Still thinking about what coffee you’re going to get later? Go ahead, but make sure you are keeping hydrated, and don’t let the energy boost last until night time. Drinking caffeine is not going to be detrimental to your skin if you know how to avoid the problems caused by it! There should be no guilt in the morning cup, in fact, we want you to enjoy it! Relying on it throughout the day, however, could be triggering imperfections on the skin, and causing premature aging!
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