Many of us are guilty of needing a caffeine hit to help us through the day, but how much do you know about the effects of caffeine on your skin?
The Effects Of Caffeine
Caffeine and acne are often linked, but how much truth is there to this claim? Caffeine has a mixed effect on the body when it comes to acne. It does increase acne-causing hormones in the body which could worsen existing acne. However, it also improves your blood sugar and insulin levels which, when kept down, can reduce the risk of acne breakouts. Everyone reacts differently so the best option would be to cut caffeine out for 3-4 weeks and see what happens. If there is no change to your skin/acne then caffeine isn’t one of your triggers, but you might just find the perfect way to reduce your flare ups. It’s worth a try!
This link is more likely to be connected with the extra additions you make to your drink. If you are someone who likes a light, sweet coffee, you might want to rethink your choice. Milk and sugar are both known acne triggers, so try to steer clear as much as possible. Opt for an espresso rather than your usual vanilla latte with extra cream.
One skin benefit which can be found in your tea or coffee is the antioxidants which they contain. The various antioxidants fight free radicals, reduce your risk of heart disease and improve blood circulation. Green tea should be your preferred drink of choice if you really want to reap the skin benefits.
Caffeine is a diuretic, this means it takes water out of your system quickly. It’s common knowledge that your skin looks healthier and younger when it is plumped up and hydrated. If you really can’t last without your coffee hit but want to combat the dehydrating effects of caffeine, we have a tip for you. Try sipping a glass of water, or coconut water, at the same time as your coffee to keep you hydrated.
This links to the previous effect, dehydration. Dehydration can increase and speed up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To reduce the effects of dehydration try to limit your caffeine intake to just one or two cups daily. Caffeine in your skincare products however can be a great addition, leaving skin looking brighter and more radiant. So slow down on the cups of coffee but slather on as much caffeine containing skincare as you like.
So, in summary, as long your caffeine intake is kept in moderation, 1-2 cups daily, then your overall health and complexion will be just fine. It might even benefit!