Could your latte leave your complexion looking lacklustre? In recent years the UK has succumbed to a coffee culture and we’ve been buying coffee by the bucket-load. But, what does this mean for our skin? Here we spill the beans on how coffee culture could affect our complexions.
SHOULD WE WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE?
Do you start your day with a cup of tea or coffee? Whilst these caffeinated concoctions can help wake us up, they don’t necessarily do our skin any favours. Toxins can build up in the body overnight, so to keep the skin in balance it is important that we flush them out.
The most effective way to do this is by drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. To help alleviate your body from toxins why not start your day with a glass of lemon water. Not only is this mix of one-part lemon juice and nine-parts water rich in vitamin C, it is also thought to speed up your metabolism and can aid digestion if consumed at least 15 minutes before you eat.
CAN DIURETICS DEHYDRATE THE SKIN?
How many cups of tea or coffee do you consume per day? If it’s a lot, you might want to rethink what you drink. Caffeinated beverages are diuretics and this means that they increase urine production and cause us to lose a percentage of the fluid we drink.
Whilst moderate caffeine consumption shouldn’t cause the skin to become dehydrated, drinking too many caffeinated drinks could leave your skin vulnerable to fluid loss. To avoid this, it is best to drink a glass of water with your coffee and to support your fluid intake with a diet of water-rich fruit and vegetables.
IS YOUR AMERICANO CAUSING YOUR ACNE?
Coffee is naturally bitter to taste and for this reason many people add a spoonful of sugar to their brew. Whilst the odd spoonful of sugar won’t do your skin any harm, if you are regularly sipping on syrup-based thirst-quenchers, you could find that your caffeine fix lands your skin in a spot of bother.
It is thought that high-street coffees can contain as many as 20 spoonfuls of sugar[i] and tucking into these tasty treats regularly could see you break out in blemishes or spots.
To help your skin to stay clear of spots, opt for a sugar-free drink and use skincare containing Prebiotics and Willow Bark. Found in our Day Solution Moisturiser, Willow Bark helps to reduce skin irritation and inflammation, whilst Prebiotics help balance the skin’s natural flora to prevent blemishes.
CAN ANY CAFFEINE BE YOUR SKIN’S CUP OF TEA?
Some skin care is full of beans and there can be benefits of adding caffeinated ingredients to skin care formulations. Green Tea, for example, is a rich source of antioxidants called Catechins. These help to combat free radicals that can cause oxidative damage to skin cells and contribute to premature ageing. Green Tea is also thought to inhibit the activity of enzymes that breakdown collagen.
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