One of the most readily available and widely used drugs on this planet is none other than caffeine. As we know, caffeine comes from coffee and it’s a stimulant that many skin care brands are incorporating into their products. There’s something uplifting about a nice double espresso. Some people don’t believe in caffeine for anything. They steer clear from it and those that do likely react negatively to the substance.
That being said, I’m a firm believer that this stimulant can do positive things for your skin. I’m going to try and share everything there is to know about this ingredient and perhaps you’ll have a better understanding as to why so many companies are incorporating this ingredient into their products.
Some Benefits Of Caffeine For Your Skin
As you know, caffeine is becoming extremely popular in the skin care industry. No longer is it extreme or out of the norm to incorporate this ingredient into your formulas. The ingredient has been known to smooth skin, produce better skin tones and more. In fact, there are plenty of benefits that you can reap from incorporating a product that contains this ingredient.
Under Eye Treatment
I’m going to start with the most popular or well-known reason that many companies incorporate caffeine into their products, it has to do with its ability to treat dark circles under your eyes. Granted, under eye circles can form due to lack of sleep, allergies, dehydration, inflammation and even genetics. While caffeine can’t ultimately cure your dark circles (if hereditary), it can help reduce the presence.
See, caffeine possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce puffiness and inflammation specifically associated with dark under eye circles. The caffeine can help break up and blood that may have accumulated in your under eye area which can often be part of the problem. It’s almost a given that most eye creams that promise to rid your body of those dark circles, contains caffeine. If you don’t want to try any professional dark circle eye cream, then simply apply two tea colds wet tea bags to your under eyes. Leave them on for a few minutes and you will notice that the dark circles and puffiness have disappeared.
Caffeine, when topically applied, can have a positive impact on your skin. By that, I mean it can help you get rid of those fine lines and puffy skin that exists. When added to various creams, it acts as a skin tightening agent which makes your skin look firmer and tighter in appearance. An added benefit to this ingredient, when applied topically, is that it discourages cancer cell growth in skin cells.
For those that suffer from flushing within the face or rosacea, caffeine is the perfect ingredient to help treat both cases. Reason being, caffeine has the ability to constrict blood and reduce the presence of redness within our skin. It helps increase circulation which helps treat rosacea. Using products that contain caffeine can truly help reduce redness and calm skin. Give it a shot if you are suffering from this skin condition.
Reduce Free Radicals
As you know, free radicals can really put a damper on your skin. They can cause premature aging which can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles, puffiness, sun spots, slow in collagen production, less elasticity and more. Caffeine is loaded with antioxidants and those antioxidants can help rid your body of the free radicals. Eliminating these free radicals can do wonders for your skin over time. It can certainly help your skin look younger looking or your age at the very least. This is one of the main reasons why caffeine is used in so many products today.
UV Damage Repair
UV rays can be extremely harmful to your skin. The good news is that caffeine and the antioxidants contained within the ingredient are extremely helpful in repairing damages that might be caused by UV ray exposure. In fact, caffeine is such a power antioxidant that it’s one of the most powerful that exist if you’re trying to repair UV damaged skin.
Caffeine helps reduce inflammation that might exist within your skin. For example, have you ever had a really bad pimple or better yet, a blind pimple? Well, applying a product that contains caffeine can help reduce the inflammation that might be present due to the condition of your skin. Many products will incorporate this ingredient just to try and reduce the inflammation of your skin.
You know that as we get older, some of us tend to develop cellulite. It’s one of those things that we just can’t seem to get rid of. Well, now that’s to the inclusion of caffeine, cellulite can be fought. Caffeine does a good job of dehydrating fatty cells that exist within the body. While this ingredient isn’t going to ultimately rid your body of the fatty cells, it will help reduce the presence. As a result, your skin will look much smoother than it does. Some people use professional anti-cellulite creams to dehydrate their fatty cells while others choose to take the more DIY approach and apply ground coffee to their skin instead. Both options work quite well.
There are other reasons why many skin care companies have been using caffeine as an active ingredient in their products. I think as time progresses, you will see more and more products enter the market that contain this ingredient. It’s primarily due to the fact that it works so darn well.