Issue Nine: Sep/Oct '22

Naturally-occurring and rich in antioxidants, caffeine boosts energy and has been found to help with memory and hair growth. But according to Simone Thomas, author, nutritionist and wellness coach, it can bring bitter side effects when over-consumed. “Caffeine blocks some receptors in the body that would naturally give us the feeling of being tired,” explains Simone. Though she points out that most of us can stomach up to 300mg of caffeine a day, Simone recommends switching up your morning routine with a glass of water instead. “After sleep, your body is mildly dehydrated, which can lead to premature ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles, so drinking a glass of water will help to boost your energy while keeping your skin supple and radiant,” she says. And it’s not just your insides that are impacted by caffeine, Simone adds. “Caffeine-infused skincare products boast a range of benefits, aiding the reduction of ULTIMATE BEAUTY BLENDS 1/ AKRO Awake Eau de Parfum 100ml / £140 3/ BIOSSANCE Squalane and Caffeine Toning Body Cream 200ml / £22 4/ GROW GORGEOUS Volume Root Stimulating Primer 200ml / £24 2/ FRANK BODY Original Coffee Scrub 100g / £6.95 HEALTH & WELLNESS