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PSA: Your Coffee Habit Might Be Aging You Prematurely

By Marissa Higgins

Without a doubt, there are a lot of health benefits that come along with drinking a cup or two of coffee. Research shows that safe caffeine consumption via your favorite piping hot mug can help with mental clarity, improve your memory, and even lower your risk of Alzheimer's. Not to mention that studies have proven that drinking coffee may lower your risk of depression and minimize your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Of course, as we know all too well, nothing is entirely perfect, and sadly, coffee is no exception.

A steady caffeine habit definitely comes with some drawbacks. First of all, it can lead to caffeine addiction, which happens for a few reasons. First of all, caffeine is a stimulant that affects your central nervous system. If you drink too much of it, you can develop a higher tolerance to caffeine, meaning that you'll progressively need more and more of the good stuff to keep your energy levels up. Drinking too much coffee can also increase your anxiety, damage your bones, and even elevate your blood pressure.

But one under-discussed way coffee can impact your health is majorly concerning: It can cause you to look older than you actually are.

That's right: Our beloved morning cup of Joe might be doing more damage to our complexions than we'd like to think. Here's the science behind this claim: First of all, coffee is a diuretic. Basically, this means that when we drink coffee in excess, we're dehydrating our bodies. Unlike drinking a glass of water, for example, coffee isn't replenishing our systems. Now, here's where it impacts our skin: The more we drink coffee, the more our skin loses moisture. And what tends to happen when our skin loses its natural moisture? It looks less healthy and loses its shine and glow. Dehydration in general can also lead to collagen loss and skin inflammation.