All coffee lovers consider their morning cup or midday pick-me-up as a necessity, and despite all the scary health effects we hear about, cannot fathom the idea of cutting it out.
But is coffee actually that bad for you and your skin?
Of course, everything needs to be consumed in moderation, and excess caffeine can cause additional anxiety and jitters that nobody needs added to their everyday stress.
However, we’re often told that coffee is a diuretic that causes dehydration and speeds up the ageing process of your skin, but the simple solution to this is to just make sure you drink enough water (cue the ‘I’ve-heard-this-all-before’ groans)
Another common side-effect associated with coffee consumption is an increase in breakouts and acne as a result. Believe it or not, this isn’t directly related to coffee itself. Overconsumption of caffeine increases stress levels, and therefore the secretion of hormones such as cortisol, which trigger acne by increasing inflammation and oil production (not to mention the ways the milk in your coffee also cause these symptoms)
Coffee itself, in moderation of course, is actually good for you (you can all relax now)
Coffee beans contain so many anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants that can improve skin health!
Antioxidants also combat free-radicals that contribute to fine lines and pigmentation, so coffee (which can also be applied topically) can reduce signs of ageing.
So the good news is, as long as you don’t drink too much coffee and stay hydrated throughout the day, you don’t need to cut out your morning jolt from your favourite little coffee shop.