We will take a closer look at the debate on whether caffeine is good or bad for your skin, and just why that is.



Caffeine; who amongst us hasn’t had a caffeinated drink in the past 24 hours? Whether you’re a coffee quaffer or a tea tippler, caffeine so often fuels the hours of work we put in each and every day. Unfortunately, there’s also a side to caffeine that most of us either aren’t aware of or choose to ignore; the effect it has on our health.

Is drinking caffeine bad for you?

 

Is drinking caffeine bad for you?



In the world of Today, we are becomingly increasingly health-and-body-conscious, and there has been a marked cultural shift towards living healthier, happier lifestyles.

Unfortunately, many of the things in our daily lives that do us the most harm are doing so under the radar, and often under the guise of doing quite the opposite.

The debate about whether caffeine is bad for you has been raging for some time now, and has divided experts and health ‘gurus’  at a level that would put politics  to shame.

The fact that the debate is still raging on is evidence of the fact that there is no clear answer to this question. There is a lot of credible data on both sides of the argument, and of course people are affected by caffeine in very different ways.

We believe in a fair trial, so we’ve decided we’re not going to condemn our morning espresso without one. We are going to examine the data, and look at both 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



As you might have expected, the jury is still very much out and there is still very much division on the effects of caffeine on skin. Unlike certain habits, such as smoking and its effect on your skin, people are even less in agreement about what your daily cup of joe might be doing to your appearance.

Many leading scientists and health experts have claimed that caffeine can be a cause of skin breakouts and acne, and though there is some evidence to support this, it is not always direct or clear cut enough to be totally conclusive

There are an equal number of experts who agree that the evidence isn’t enough to claim any direct correlation between caffeine consumption and acne. Equally there are those who say that caffeine isn’t a direct cause of acne, but it can definitely make it worse.

This isn’t so hard to believe when you think about it, especially considering some of the products that caffeine is found in - is it the caffeine giving us acne or the chocolate binges that we enjoy on a slightly too regular basis? Or perhaps that cheeky ice cream you had last night?

It is also worth considering what you, or your barista, might be adding to your coffee. We already know that an excess of sugar is bad for you on so many levels, so use those delicious syrups carefully! And dairy products often won’t do you any favours either

On the flipside, there are some really clear benefits of caffeine consumption, particularly when we don’t consume it in products packed with sugars and additives.

In fact, caffeine is now found in many different skin care products and can be very beneficial as part of your daily skincare routine. There are many experts that believe that skin care products containing caffeine can help to reduce under-eye bags and even get rid of cellulite.



Anybody who’s ever had a coffee or a Red Bull will know that caffeine is a stimulant, that has a profound effect on both the brain and the nervous system.

Many people use this stimulating effect to give them more energy, either to work more efficiently or to help them exercise more, which will result in many benefits for your skin.

Caffeine can even be used as an exfoliant now as well, so if you love coffee but are worried about ingesting too much of it, you can now rub it on your skin.

In all seriousness though, the coarse nature of coffee grounds make them ideal for exfoliation, and they can also act to draw out water from the epidermis, the top layer of your skin, limiting the visible effects of cellulite.

Drinks such as coffee and green tea (among others) might be high in caffeine, but they are also jam-packed with skin-boosting antioxidants, which can protect your skin from all manner of damage and toxins

The problem with this is that Caffeine is also a diuretic, which means that it can seriously dehydrate us. Drinking a lot of caffeine can put a lot of pressure on the liver, meaning that it can’t deal with all the toxins in your system, eventually leading to a buildup..

When your body is consistently in this state, your skin will begin to suffer and won’t be able to function at its highest capacity.When your skin is frequently dehydrated, you can suffer from soreness and inflammation, and you may even experience premature aging through a loss of collagens in the skin.

This dehydrated state also means that, without the toxins being flushed out of your system, you’re more likely to get acne.

An excessive amount of caffeine in your system can cause your blood vessels to constrict, preventing them from pumping the necessary amount of antioxidants and skin-healthy nutrients, that would otherwise maintain the production of collagen, around your body.



Coffee or Caffeine:



As we previously alluded to, many caffeinated drinks actually have some great health benefits, such as an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients

There is also evidence from studies to show that coffee may support skin repair and health.

The problem with this debate is where the focus lies. On the one hand, many experts are in agreement that the focus of the debate should be on caffeine and not coffee, as it so often is.

With that said, most people’s primary source of caffeine tends to be coffee, unless of course it comes from chocolate or sugar-filled fizzy drinks - and don’t get us started on those!

However, if you're adamant about  getting your caffeine intake each day, coffee may be the best way to do it as opposed to the soda drinks that often come with high caffeine and sugar contents.

Either way, caffeine may have protective qualities that can help defend the skin, and with some firm research available and ongoing, there’s plenty of scope to see how you can experiment with it in your skincare routine.



Your Lifestyle:





We understand that for many people, avoiding caffeine altogether is simply not an option, but that’s okay as it doesn’t have to be.

Of course if your skin is really suffering and your doctor is recommending that you lay off the lattes for a while, then it might be a wise idea

If not though, the evidence suggests that there is very little harm in having a richly brewed morning boost. The trick here, like with so many dietary topics, is moderation - even a fizzy drink every once in a while isn’t going to kill you, you just have to have maintain a balance is all.

So don’t worry; It’s demonstrably fine to have one or even two cups of coffee each day - just try to avoid adding too many syrupy and creamy extras that can turn an otherwise relatively healthy coffee into a sugary, milky, fatty skin destroyer.

So does this all mean that you’re going to have to make drastic changes to your lifestyle? Well it depends on whether you’re living a truly balanced and healthy lifestyle, but it’s ultimately up to you.

Whilst it’s clear that caffeine has impacts on your health, both good and bad, and to varying extents, many problems can come about as a result of consuming high amounts of caffeine, whilst not including any skin-healthy sources of nutrition in your diet, staying hydrated or doing regular exercise.

Ultimately, there is no substitute for eating a balanced diet, high in vitamins and and the right amount of macronutrients. Maintaining a regular exercise regime and staying hydrated are  fundamental for keeping your skin healthy, along with some organic help from the experts. But there is nothing concrete to say that your delicious cup of colombian brew in the morning isn’t working some magic on your skin as well as your mood