I Quit Coffee And Here Is What Happened To My Skin
There are two camps: people that swear it made them feel like self-caring and less jittery healthy unicorns and the ones that see nothing wrong with it at all. But what about the skin? What many do not take into consideration is the dressing coffee often comes with : milk, cream, sugar and even more sugar in the snack we take along with it. Any food intolerances (dairy in this instance) often signal right through your forehead (acne). Sugar is a wicked skin irritant that needs its own article to be cracked up. In a nutshell: it is inflammatory, it breaks down collagen, it will fast forward the ageing process and it affects water binding (say bye to the ‘plump’ look). So if your coffee comes with an artillery of other things, time to reconsider.
I keep up with my water intake, and even more so on the days that I do drink coffee. Coffee has a natural diuretic effect, which causes fluid loss, hence dehydration - a state you never want your skin to be in. Just one rule to keep in mind: hydrate before caffeinate. There is little to no research surrounding the theory of major dehydration coffee can cause, but if your skin is flaking up and playing tricks on you, WATER yourself like a plant you wish you had the decency to take care of.
I am a tea girl now. Considering my Russian heritage, I am all about the tea, but this five o’clock ceremony seems more English to me than Russian. I step it up with a fancy cup, but it doesn’t make hibiscus taste one bit exciting.
People on Instagram are asking me whether I am ok.
Everyone seems to have an opinion about the black, magic liquid we hustle about so much. I did not realise that coffee is so controversial when it comes to beauty regiments.
My dive deep into the coffee-skin-connection lands me on several opinions where antioxidant benefits are bragged about. Also topical caffeine in skincare and cosmetics is a thing (duh).
I have a glass of wine because Tuesday (or still Monday? is anyone keeping track these days?) and watch The Crown. I pay extra meticulous attention to the tea sets.