We all know that too much coffee will keep us awake and even dehydrated, but will coffee make you age faster by aging your skin? It can, but it all depends on how much coffee you drink.
How Much Coffee is Too Much Coffee?
So how much coffee is too much? Coffee contains caffeine, which when consumed in moderation can have health benefits. However, caffeine has diuretic properties (that cause the body to excrete water). As a result, excessive coffee consumption may lead to dehydration and reduced moisture in the skin leading to dryness and flakiness.
It is recommended that adults should not consume more than 5 cups of coffee or more than 400mg of caffeine per day.
Top Tip: If you don’t want to give up your morning cup (or five) of joe, simply make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
How Coffee can Benefit your Skin
Coffee is the morning pick-me-up of choice for millions of people all over the world. And while this popular pick-me-up does more than just get your day started, did you know that it is also great for your skin? Of course, many consumers don’t think of coffee as a topical product — but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used on your skin. Coffee bean extract has been found to possibly deliver performance benefits when applied topically, specifically reducing inflammation and aiding in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help with collagen production.
Coffee grounds can be made into a paste and applied to the face as a mask. Steer clear of instant coffee here, as many of these are also loaded with oils that will mess up the consistency of your mask. Mix your coffee grounds with just enough water (or just cooled boiled water) to make a thick paste. Wait ten minutes and wash off with tepid water or if you have a Clarisonic use it on its “sensitive” setting for 10–20 seconds. If you want to get fancy, you can add cinnamon powder, honey, milk powder, etc. but it’s not necessary. Coffee alone is great for getting rid of blackheads and clearing out pores.
Coffee has been touted as a beauty elixir since ancient times. Cleopatra, the princess of Egypt, not only bathed in coffee but also ate it regularly for her beautiful skin. Ancient Aztecs and Ethiopians concocted elaborate beauty rituals involving coffee. Today, many brands of facial scrubs and masks contain coffee in their ingredient lists as a source of antioxidants and skin-smoothing properties.
The Other Benefits of Coffee
Coffee has long been a popular drink around the world, with the caffeine it contains helping people stay focused, awake, and alert. Most coffee today is also fortified with vitamins and minerals such as folate, potassium, and B vitamins. It’s the antioxidants in coffee that scientists believe may help protect against disease and chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, some research suggests that drinking four to five cups of coffee a day can cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 50%.
More benefits of Coffee include:
- It can lower your risk of getting Cancer
- It can lower your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
- It lowers your risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease
- It can help you lose weight
- It keeps you alert and focussed
Why Coffee can be Bad for You
What was once considered the lifeblood of society’s night owls, coffee is now a ubiquitous drink. According to the International Coffee Organization, over 3.2 billion cups are consumed globally each and every day. While in most cases, it’s a pleasurable experience – working up an appetite for breakfast or warming hands on a cold winter day – some negative side effects can arise from regularly overindulging in this potent beverage.
These side-effects include:
- Higher blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Raised cholesterol levels
Coffee isn’t just a pick-me-up, it can also prevent disease. But before you go drinking your morning latte, know that too much caffeine can have diuretic effects which will reduce moisture in your skin. Keep your daily coffee intake to a maximum of 4 to 5 cups, and make sure that you drink a lot of water as well. Your skin will thank you.