Your Daily Cup of Coffee May Be Aging Your Skin

Say it ain’t sooooooooo….

Here’s what to avoid to keep your skin looking young and healthy.

1. Stop smoking.

“Smoking is probably the worst thing you can possibly do for your body, including your skin,” NYC Dermotologist  Dr. Wattenberg explains — yet 20 percent of Americans are still lighting up.

Nicotine and other chemicals found in cigarettes destroy the skin’s elastin and collagen, leading to wrinkles and fine lines. Smoking also takes a toll on the skin’s blood vessels, restricting oxygen flow and subsequently causing your skin to appear dull and sallow. Habitual smoking can also lead to those pucker lines around the mouth, Wattenberg says.

2. Wine, candy and coffee are aging your skin.

Alcohol, junk food and caffeine — are wrecking your skin, too. “Alcohol and caffeine … act like a diuretic and prevent you from holding on to water, so your skin looks sort of prune-like. It can get dry and get washed out,” Wattenberg says. “Junk food contains a lot of preservatives and that will do the same thing.”

So if you’re drinking a lot of caffeine or alcohol, remember to stay hydrated. We need about six to eight glasses of water per day, If you are like me, and love your coffee, drink alot of water.

3. Your lack of sleep is written all over your face.

“When you don’t sleep, stress causes the release of the hormone cortisol, (which) makes your skin oily (and) causes acne, which makes your skin look less attractive,” Wattenbergy says.

4. You’re not wearing enough sunscreen.

It is summer all year round in Florida. You need to apply sunscreen — several times a day, Wattenberg insists. “Once a day is probably one of the worst things you can do for your skin, because the sun is still really strong, and people spend a lot of time outdoors,” she explains.

Especially in parts of the country where the weather is turning snowier and icier, remember to reapply your sunscreen — the sun reflects off the snow and ice, and you can get burned easily. “Sunscreen is the key to youthful skin,” she says.

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