Effects caffeine has on the look & health of your skin

Caffeine has become  a staple in many individuals daily dietary consumption.  Its been an ingredient that a lot of people heavily rely on, just to get through the day.  But in the long run, how is that affecting your skin health and appearance?

Caffeine is a stressor, it sends your body into overdrive, affecting hormonal levels and circulation.  Our body's filtration system takes up to 9 days to completely eradicate the substance from our body.  It is very common to experience withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, flu-like symptoms, bad mood, and upset digestion (it’s a very powerful drug.)  Think about the conditions you are putting yourself through- you are stimulating the organs of your body causing an increase of energy exertion while depleting your body of the hydration needed to perform.  Caffeine is also known to being a diuretic and is very damaging to the kidneys- overworking them to filter the blood.  A diuretic's function, is to decreases sodium levels within the body consequently losing water in the process. Essentially dehydrating the body, consequently dehydrating the skin that becomes unhealthy and is low functioning.

It mimics adrenaline (epinephrine) triggering a stress response and we know what happens when hormones become unstable, yep, you guessed it hormonal breakouts.  So if you identify with one or both of these symptoms and you are an avid caffeine drinker then you might want to slow down on drinking that next cup.

On the other hand, according to research studies, some caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea do have some useful therapeutic actions and may be of benefit. For instance, tea (especially green) is a great anti-oxidant, and coffee is a laxative and liver stimulant.   Nevertheless, caffeine being a substance of medicinal use is not meant to be consumed daily for recreational use.

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