Hi. PSA: coffee doesn’t have to be bad for you skin, but it can be.
I needed to get that out there right away, because g-damn the thought of coffee sabotaging my skin is actually scary. I drink a cup of coffee almost daily, but I’ve actually gotten onto decaf for a few reasons. And yes, I know, you’re like why even drink it? I used to say the same thing.
I actually love the taste and smell of coffee more than the actual reasoning for it, if that makes sense. I get super jittery when I drink too much caffeine, so I try to lay low on that end. I drink a lot of green tea and matcha which are both caffeinated, so I already get my daily dose of caffeine. I will have caffeinated coffee but never if I’m detoxing, haven’t eaten breakfast yet or haven’t had a TON of water that day already.
Anyway, back to the point of this post: is coffee bad for your skin?
I’ve done some research, because I do love good skincare and need to know if my order at my favorite cafe is killing my vibe.
Luckily, coffee isn’t all that bad for you skin. It can be, but it doesn’t have to be. How?
Glad ya asked.
Drinking too much coffee is where you are going to find the problem. While I was researching, I came across a great article by InStyle:
“The results of drinking too much coffee can cause the skin to wrinkle prematurely, and become more lax with time,” says Dr. S. Manjula Jegasothy, M.D., CEO and founder of the Miami Skin Institute. “These changes definitely give the skin a more aged appearance than in people who do not consume caffeine.” So, how much is too much? Dr. Jegasothy notes that one to two cups a day is fine, but anything over that limit is overkill.
Dairy is never a good idea for skin – I took dairy out of my diet completely because of my allergies, but it has helped my skin a huge amount too. After deleting dairy I was WAY less bloated, my allergies were (and still are) better then ever and my skin is overall more clear (but I do other things for my skin as well). Women’s Health stated:
Some skincare experts say that components in milk that are related to testosterone hormones can cause oil glands to go into overdrive, setting the stage for skin upset.
I have never been a huge dairy eater, so this was easy for me to do. I also drink my coffee black, but if you can’t stand the thought of that just try a nut milk instead. BE CAREFUL (insert screaming emoji here!!!!) when ordering at coffee shops, some put a lot of added ingredients into their coffees. Just ask! It’s ok to be picky sometimes, er.. right?
DING DING DING. This revs my engines. I could talk about it for days, which is super annoying and no one really cares to hear me rave about being dehydrated. I know. But YOU GUYS. I never drink coffee when I’m detoxing – it was in the detox guide I put out a few months ago. And if I do have a cup of coffee, I’ll drink about three glasses of water right after I finish it. Coffee can really dehydrate you which will tend to show on your skin.
I know, it seems obvious, but just like the dairy, some places will add sugar and such to your lattes or coffees. So make sure your ordering how you want it. When you just go off the menu, it can be a little sketch sometimes. None of those ingredients are too good for your skin.
If you’re having too much coffee, you’re probably messing with your beauty sleep! I was very much guilty of this a few years ago. I was drinking a few cups off coffee a day, which lead me to my horrible sleep habits. I try not to have any coffee after 1pm now. When I’m not sleeping well, it really shows on my skin.
So it isn’t so much that coffee is actually bad for your skin, I guess. It’s more the ingredients and other side effects it can have. Some studies actually state that coffee can be good for you in some ways!
I’m not deleting it, you?
Oh and side note: I always drink my coffee out of a straw – it reduces stains on your teeth!
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