American nutritionist Olivia Hedlund shared a video on TikTok citing a mistake many people make: having coffee every morning. But why should you pay attention to this drink to take care of your skin?
For many, a hot cup of coffee in the morning has become a ritual to start the day in a good mood. Except that this dose of caffeine when you get out of bed before offering you breakfast is not necessarily a very good idea. Olivia Hedlund, an American nutritionist, talks about this well-known and much appreciated drink, often consumed on an empty stomach. According to her, your body is not prepared to receive such acidity when you jump out of bed. The consequences are many… to act on the premature aging of the skin. Explanations.
Can drinking coffee make your skin age faster?
A healthy gut helps improve your immune system, which is important for your overall physical health as well as the appearance of your skin. Except, as Olivia Hedlund explains, regular consumption of coffee attacks your stomach, which causes a stress reaction in the body causing a release of cortisol, the stress hormone. The effects of the latter on the skin can be harmful: clogged pores, degradation of collagen, etc.
These words were confirmed by Dr. Ahmed El Muntasar of The Aesthetics Clinic in the DailyMail. He affirms that too much coffee causes vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels in the body that can dry out the skin. And you know it, dehydration is not the recipe for glowing, plumped skin. But also, although it is rich in antioxidants, the caffeine slows down the production rate of collagen, this important protein for the elasticity and firmness of the epidermis. As soon as it decreases in your body, the skin sags and wrinkles appear. Excess consumption of coffee, or more than two cups a day, can therefore lead to premature aging of the skin.
How can you keep drinking coffee without making your skin worse?
For the American nutritionist, it is important to stop drinking your coffee on an empty stomach. Eat part of your breakfast before taking the first sip of coffee, for example. “I promise you will notice a difference” says Olivia Hedlund. She also recommends drinking an extra glass of water for every cup of coffee you drink (including decaffeinated) to ensure your skin doesn’t dry out. As for Dr. Ahmed El Muntasar, he recommends reducing your daily coffee consumption. To know all the same that a reasonable caffeine intake does not cause more dehydration than the equivalent amount of water!
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