This morning kick is an indulgence most of us are guilty of. And while we’ve talked extensively about using coffee for your hair and skin, this strong beverage only brews some goodness when it is applied topically. Intake of large amounts of coffee on the other hand is detrimental to your health, skin, teeth and nails too.

Coffee is an oxytocin that rattles and creates energy in every cell. But, as it passes through the body, coffee takes as much as it gives. Here’s all you need to know about the ill-effects of drinking too much coffee, from the inside out.

Acne: Currently under debate, the correlation between acne buildup and coffee is always making news in the beauty industry. Some experts believe that while caffeine does not cause acne, it can certainly accelerate the appearance of it. Caffeine also affects the liver by reducing its capacity to flush out toxins which contributes to dirt buildup and pimples.

Dry Skin: Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it dehydrates the skin. Lack of moisture and dry skin propels the aging process and increases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, this dehydration can further lead to dull, graying skin, sallow skin tone, and sunken eyes and laugh lines.

Tannin: It sounds familiar because its basically a ‘tanning’ agent. Present in caffeine, tannin is often used in tanneries to make leather smooth and soft. Internally, tannin blocks the cells from nutrients, which can make your skin appear rough and undernourished.

Discoloration: Coffee is an ingredient with strong pigments. Ever notice how getting rid of a coffee stain from your shirt is difficult? So imagine what it does to the insides of your skin and body. The proof is in the browning of the nails and teeth among frequent coffee drinkers.

Stick to no more than three cups of coffee a day, and make sure to supplement the caffeine with a glass of water for every cup. Eating fruits that are high in water content will also help ease the damage. For the rest, resolve to take on a skin-friendly diet; may be starting this Valentine’s Day?

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With a Masters in English literature, Trina Remedios has spent her recent years extensively writing about health and fitness, with a keen interest in the beauty segment as well. While her high calorific lunches are positively deceiving, her inner hippie takes to the city roads and can run circles around most marathoners. Follow her for beauty hacks, natural fixes, fitness fads, celebrity trends, and wellness tips.