We all need our daily dose of caffeine before we get to work. No matter how we take it – be it through coffee, tea or red bull – we insist on having caffeine, as it often fuels the hours of work we put in each and every day.
But is caffeine good for your skin? Let’s investigate.
Is Caffeine Good for Your Skin?
Often regarded as a morning energizer, caffeine is one ingredient that’s always found on our kitchen shelves. No matter what the situation may be, we’ll always reach out for a cup of caffeine (coffee in most cases), before we start our day. But after years of taking caffeine – with most of us taking some additional sugar and milk with it – have we ever wondered, what effects could it have on our skin?
Is drinking caffeine beneficial for our skin? Or does it cause breakouts and acne?
While drinking caffeine has a positive impact on our mood every morning, the same can not be said for our skin. In fact, a debate about whether caffeine is good (or bad) for you has been raging between experts and health gurus, for quite sometime now. And as both have credible data to support their reasoning, there is yet no clear answer to the question.
Besides, people can be affected by caffeine in completely different ways!
Therefore, to avoid any further confusion we have decided to examine both the sides of the argument to determine whether or not you should be worried about the effects of caffeine on your skin.
The Effects of Caffeine
With the debate still raging on, there’s a lot of confusion regarding the impact that caffeine is having on your skin. Indeed, people are now even less in agreement about what your daily cup of joe might be doing to your appearance. Hence, to satisfy our curiosity (and yours too!) we did some research and have discovered some of the accepted effects of caffeine:
Many experts claim that caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can seriously dehydrate us. Drinking a lot of caffeine can make your liver work harder, eventually leading to a toxin build up in your system. And if your body is consistently maintained at this state, your skin will begin to suffer and won’t be able to function at its highest capacity. In fact, dehydrated skin causes redness and premature aging. Not to mention, the resultant acne that could be caused due to toxin build up.
If you’re adding milk or cream to your caffeine, then wait! Milk and dairy is filled with hormones which could negatively affect the production of sebum on your skin. Besides, these hormones could also glue dead skin cells together. In fact, adding milk or sugar to your caffeine can also trigger acne. Thus, if you are dealing with skin problems then it would be best to keep dairy out of your daily diet.
It is claimed that caffeine can smooth out wrinkles. Sadly, this is not true! Even if you were to have multiple cups of tea or coffee throughout the day, those wrinkles and lines are not going to disappear. Contrarily caffeine is said to cause premature aging. However, certain health experts suggest the use of caffeine-infused skincare products. Caffeine is a strong antioxidant, and thus, can help slow down the aging process. But this is only possible if you apply caffeine on to your skin, not drink it!
As mentioned earlier, adding excess sugar to your caffeine can be harmful for your skin. This is because the digested sugar permanently attaches itself on to the collagen in your skin, through a process called glycation. Not only does it cause premature aging but it also exacerbates skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. So it’s best if you use those delicious syrups carefully!
On the flipside, caffeine, or rather caffeine based skincare products, are regarded as beneficial by many health experts. However, the results of using such products are said to be temporary. This means, that if you’re using caffeine as a topical treatment to reduce cellulites,say for example, then you may have to use it everyday to get the results you want. The same applies for those who want to reduce under-eye bags and dark circles.
Besides, lifestyle also matters!
We understand that for many people, avoiding caffeine completely is simply not an option. But that’s okay as it doesn’t have to be! Of course, if your skin is suffering and your dermatologist is recommending that you lay off those lattes for a while, then it might be a wise idea
But, this doesn’t mean that you need to make drastic changes to your lifestyle! Just a few dietary tricks are what you need to practice. So don’t worry. It’s completely fine to have one or even two cups of caffeine each day. Just ensure you avoid adding too many syrupy and creamy extras that can turn an otherwise relatively healthy drink, into a sugary and fatty skin destroyer!