You rely on your morning latte to give you a lift, but could a shot of coffee in your skincare bring all new life to your pores?
We have all been seeing the caffeine infused eye creams and we want to dig in and see if it’s all that it is cracked up to be. Can you really wake up your eyes with caffeine infused skincare?!
"Caffeine is an antioxidant, which means it can help reduce reactive oxygen species that cause damage to the skin," says Morgan Rabach, MD, dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical NYC. In addition to providing antioxidant benefits, caffeine is also a vasoconstrictor, which means it has a shrinking effect on the diameter of blood vessels. "Around the eye, this can lead to a decrease in dark circles and puffiness around the eye," Rabach says.
Yes, you heard it - it can help hide those dark circles and puffiness to your eyes. However, this is only advisable for during the day and a bit like ditching evening espressos, laying off caffeine come your nighttime skincare routine looks advisable to avoid the old dry eye.
Byrdiegave us some Fast Facts about Caffeine...
TYPE OF INGREDIENT: Anti-inflammatory
MAIN BENEFITS: Reduces wrinkles, brightens skin, gets rid of inflammation
WHO SHOULD USE IT: In general, people with concerns about wrinkles or aging.
HOW OFTEN IS TYPICAL USE?: Usually, it's used once a day, in the mornings.
WORKS WELL WITH: Vitamin C and ginseng for an ultra-brightening effect.
Caffeine can also help to calm redness in rosacea sufferers, by a similar mechanism in which it can diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, as it constricts blood vessels leading to less flushing, plus caffeine’s antioxidant clout and anti-irritant properties help to ward off flare-ups.
In small doses, caffeine in your skincare could be your new favorite go-to for small ailments but so far, as research is still mixed for the review, we would say go easy. But let’s face it, we also say that about espresso!