Get up. Walk to kitchen. Fill up coffee maker. Wait for coffee to brew. Enjoy coffee…Wake up.
If this morning routine sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in America, and whether you drink it for the caffeine jolt or the rich taste, you are one of the millions of people who is a slave to the Starbucks line. There have been plenty of debates about the health benefits (or detriments) of coffee – some studies show caffeine can stave off illness, others say too much can cause problems. But one thing is for sure – it gets us through the busiest of days.
Coffee may be your fuel to get you through the day, but is it draining your skin in the process? Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it has the power to dehydrate you. In the process, it dehydrates your skin. Here’s what happens – and what you can do.
What that jolt does
We all love that jolt of energy we get after drinking our daily coffee, but when your body processes caffeine, your blood vessels constrict and less fluid flows through your skin. This makes you dehydrated, which is particularly problematic for the places where the skin is thin – like under your eyes.
Why your face needs a hydration station
When your skin is dehydrated, it wrinkles more easily. This is pretty straightforward – the more moisture, the more supple the skin and less able it is to wrinkle. When it’s dry, thin skin will crease and wrinkles are more likely to stay put.
What’s a coffee lover to do?
Now, you don’t have to kick your coffee habit altogether. After all, some of the benefits of coffee (and caffeine) are real! You just have to replace the moisture lost from that cup of joe. You should rehydrate in two ways: internally and externally. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day (before, during and after) your coffee will hydrate you from the inside and replace the fluid lost.
Hydrating externally means investing in a good night cream for your face. Since this is the thinnest skin (and some of the most prone to wrinkles), it’s always good to boost the moisture when you can. An intensive overnight treatment should have ingredients that hydrate the skin and lock the moisture in.