Does Tea And Coffee *Really* Cause Chapped Lips?

Does Tea And Coffee *Really* Cause Chapped Lips?

This news is seriously upsetting...

by Laura Jane Turner

If you're partial to a hot bevarage or three, prepare yourselves for some pretty upsetting beauty news. 

We've been rocked to the very core with the news that drinking hot teas and coffees may be the reason why we've been suffering with chapped lips. SIGH. 

Sure, it's winter. It's been cold. It's been windy. But it's time to face facts; our morning desire to hit up our local Starbucks could also be seriously detrimental to our make-up routine. 

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According to findings published on Bustle, coffee and tea takes moisture from the inside of your mouth, so it also plays a part in drying out our lips. 

Livestrong.com explained, 'Consuming large amounts of caffeine may also make you dehydrated. When you become dehydrated, your skin dries out, including the skin on your upper and lower lips.'

SOB. 

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But, try not to spiral into a state of panic just yet, guys.

Katherine Zeratsky, a registered dietitian for the Mayo Clinic, believes that it would take a hell of a lot of caffeine to have this much of an impact on your lips. The equivalent to drinking 5 to 7 cups of coffee, to be precise.

But it's not just the caffeine levels that you need to watch out for. It's just as much about the hot temperature as it is the contents of your takeaway cup.

Drinking a piping hot drink first thing in the morning could cause lip chapping through burning.

You could try sipping your coffee through a straw (yes, really) or leaving it to cool down before guzzling it down.  

We don't see ourselves giving up our coffee anytime soon, though...