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Does Coffee Make You Look Older?

There is no shortage of contradicting information about the foods we love, especially coffee. One website preaches all the evils of coffee while another one tells you all the good things about coffee. We've heard everything from coffee stunting your growth to aging you prematurely.

It's confusing when you're trying to find the truth.

Frustrated coffee drinkers everywhere want to know. Does coffee make you look older or not? Is my morning routine making me look old?

The answer is simple, until it's not.

Here's the thing. Coffee, like most things in life, is alright for you as long as you drink it in moderation. As long as you're not one of the people who almost needs an IV of coffee every day, you should be fine. You're one of the least likely groups to worry about coffee aging you.

Yet if you're one of the people that drink way more coffee than you need to, you have to be careful. It's not the coffee that ages you, per se. However, it's one of a range of factors that could make you look older than you are.

First, how do you drink your coffee? Are you drinking water afterward? Also consider if coffee is keeping you from getting any sleep, then think about how your oral hygiene is.

We're going to go over these four questions to assess the risk that you are looking older with every cup of coffee. Not only will we talk about why they might make you look like Yzma, but we'll show you how to slow down aging.

How do you drink your coffee?

Most Americans drink around two cups of coffee a day. You can have up to 400 mg of coffee, so you're fine if you drink less than four cups a day. If you drink black coffee and aren't in stressful situations daily, you can drink that cup with pleasure! Yet if you need cream and sugar in your coffee, you better pay attention.

We all know the problems that eating white sugar brings. Studies show sugar as a factor in many diseases, including obesity. Yet not many people know it can affect how old you look when you have sugar too, because your blood sugar levels spike. High blood sugar levels can cause inflammation and acne breakouts. If you're prone to acne scarring, you could then start looking older.

Also, too much sugar in your coffee can lead to glycation, meaning sugar molecules attach themselves to the collagen in your skin, hardening it. When the collagen hardens, you start getting wrinkles.

If you think you're safer with creamer, you're not. Milk and proteins in dairy have links to acne breakouts. Picking at your pimples will cause scabbing and scarring. Eventually, it might go away, but it doesn't always go away. So there's a high chance of it making you look older.

Black coffee drinkers, remember when I said you were fine if you didn't spend your days in stressful situations? This is due to the fact that caffeine can also cause insulin spikes, releasing stress hormones called cortisol. If you drink too much coffee, the cortisol makes more oil in your skin, causing more breakouts. If you're not taking care of your face properly with your breakouts, you'll see some red marks, dark spots, and scarring.

Are you drinking enough water afterward?

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What do caffeine and alcohol have in common? They both act as a diuretic. When you drink a lot of coffee, your body loses water, usually from having to use the bathroom a lot. Not only does coffee keep us going in and out of the toilet, but it dehydrates us and dries out our skin. Coffee doesn't replenish our systems in the way a glass of water does.

If you don't hydrate after having a cup of coffee, you're going to dry out your skin faster. Men's Health recommends drinking half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you'll want to drink 100 ounces. If you add a lot of sugar and creamer to your coffee, you better be drinking more water than recommended.

Is coffee keeping you from getting any sleep?

If you drink too much coffee, chances are you're staying up all night. It's okay if you don't sleep well for one night, but if you're sleep-deprived regularly, you're going to start aging faster.

It's no surprise your body needs sleep to function well. Rest is the body's time to repair the damage your skin endured throughout the day. Your skin cells operate on a circadian rhythm. It worked the same way we feel tired at night and energized in the morning when we wake up. When you don't get enough sleep, your body's rhythm gets thrown off. It doesn't have enough time to repair the damage from when you were awake.

If you have a hard time falling asleep at night, you should start paying closer attention to your daily habits. Are you drinking coffee late at night? That could be the factor that's making you stay awake. Consider picking a different drink after a specific time of day. Whatever works best with your schedule can be the right time.

How's your oral hygiene?

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As hard as you work to make your skin happy and moisturized, your efforts aren't worth it if you don't pay more attention to your teeth. We're not suggestions you brush more than twice a day or floss more for anti-aging properties. But if you're not taking care of your teeth after drinking coffee, you could look way older than you planned.

So if we're not talking about brushing your teeth, how can we take care of them better? The reason our teeth could look older after cups of coffee is that our teeth will start showing stains over time. One coffee-stained smile and our mouth will start betraying us when we try to pass off as young.

Now, we know you're not going to have to brush your teeth every time you finish drinking coffee. Realistically, that's not possible. So how can we clean our teeth after having our favorite magical elixir? Water. Lots and lots of water.

We already mentioned why drinking water after coffee is a good idea for your skin. It hydrates your skin after a cup of coffee. You can use coffee to help wash off the remaining coffee from your teeth!

Don't have time to get a glass of water? Don't worry! You can chew some sugar-free gum to help clean your teeth. Sugar-free gum will help produce saliva in your mouth, making your body do all the cleaning of your teeth.