First, the good news. Rich in antioxidants, coffee’s anti-aging and anti-inflammatory qualities are great for skin. A homemade coffee mask can invigorate dull skin and even out skin tone.
Now, here’s the bad news. Your beloved java is not your skin’s BFF. In fact, its high acidity makes it nearly as harmful to your complexion as tobacco. Nearly.
Also, unlike water, juice or herbal teas, coffee doesn’t hydrate. Just the opposite, and its dehydrating effects lead to collagen loss. If you’re drinking coffee when a glass of H20 would do, you may find yourself with breakouts.
Not going to give up the cup? Here’s what you can do to do better:
1. No growth hormones.
If you enjoy your coffee light, choose dairy from cows free of growth hormones, as those hormones encourage acne.
2. Decrease the cups.
If you’re up to 5-6 cups of coffee a day, drop to three, two, even one if possible.
3. Increase the H20.
Water is one of the best ways to cleanse your system and hydrate your skin there is. If you’re drinking coffee, consider upping your water intake to help keep better hydrated.
A smart way to see the effect drinking coffee has on your skin is to stop drinking it during a 30-day challenge. We suspect that when you eschew your daily Joe, your skin will visibly rejoice.