Monday Musings: Coffee Conundrum

I really love coffee, and I believe that when it comes to skincare, the magical little caffeinated bean can do some really great things. But as with so many things in life, there’s conflicting information out there when it comes to consuming it. In fact, I recently suggested that a reader try eliminating caffeine from her diet entirely as a way to beat her hormonal acne. And a few weeks ago, on the same day, I read two different blog posts from blogs I regularly read—one posted in favor of coffee (heart disease and cancer prevention!), the other against (increased stress, digestive issues, association with insulin sensitivity!).

You guys, this is a prime example of what I always try to emphasize: balance. It’s what I mean when I say you have to look at the information and make a judgment about what works for you. If one of these blog posts rings especially true for you—maybe because you can connect the dots between your specific coffee habits and some of the symptoms you’ve experienced—do what you think is right.

Just know that no matter what you read on some blog (this blog included), you’re always the most important decision-maker in your life. There’s no one acne treatment or facial mask, no one way of doing things, that always works for everyone. So don’t forget to trust yourself, too.

It’s pretty empowering, right? —Aleigh


(Image via Jeff Kubina)

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6 Comments on Monday Musings: Coffee Conundrum

  1. Lelia said on

    Aleigh – You are so right. Thank you for this reminder! Sometimes I find it’s good to chat with my mom, who is so similar to me (genetically and in many other ways!), to see what she has tried and what has/hasn’t worked for her.

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Thanks, Lelia! And good advice–moms are great resources. 🙂

      —Aleigh

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  2. Megan said on

    Definitely good, good, GOOD advice! I couldn’t agree more. And, I know this is referring to balance in regards to skin care and DIY beauty advice etc.., but I also find balance in life in general to be so important to women. I find it hard to achieve myself though. I was introduced to Danielle Laporte a few months back, and a short video she has for female entrepreneurs. There is a line in the video about balance being a myth, and after spending years myself trying to balance everything, it felt so liberating to hear and understand that! Here is the video on youtube if anyone wants to see it. It’s pretty awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cITNveY-kig

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Thanks, Megan! I completely agree with you–balance is like happiness. It’s always a work in progress, a moving target. Not necessarily something you can ACHIEVE. Maybe you can achieve it in moments, but I don’t think it’s something you get to and then can sit back and say, “Done!” Really good points. —Aleigh

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  3. Esthetician Los Angeles said on

    I totally agree with you. I used to drink 6-7 cups of coffee a day when I was younger especially during the hectic and stressful college days but eventually I reaped some of the side effects, thankfully, not all. At that time, I thought, I’d start curbing my caffeine intake. That’s why I just drink at most 3 cups a day now.

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    • indigo+canary said on

      Ah, the things we do when we’re young! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! —Aleigh

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