Caffeine: A Natural Ingredient

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You more than likely know caffeine as the stimulant found naturally in chocolate, coffee, and tea. You probably also know that it is added to various substances such as medication and soda. In small amounts, caffeine can give you the jump start you need in the morning or throughout the day. In large amounts, caffeine can be bad for the body, causing headaches and shakiness.

However the latest buzz regarding caffeine is not for your insides, but for your outsides. This stimulant can be added to your skin care products for a resoundingly positive effect on your skin, ranging reducing problems from redness to puffiness. With its many attributes that make it an anti-aging agent, dermatologists are researching the best ways to utilize this exciting ingredient.

If you want to get technical, caffeine is a white crystalline xanthine alkaloid found in various leaves, seeds and fruit.  For plants, caffeine is a naturally-occurring pesticide as well as a reward for desirable pollinators. For humans, caffeine is a stimulant commonly extracted from tea leaves and coffee beans for consumption.  There are many pharmaceutical uses for caffeine, as well as many newly researched dermatological uses. It is not only a powerful antioxidant, but has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties as well, all of which are extremely beneficial to the skin.

vine vera Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Caffeine

Inflammation is actually a response to outside stimuli such as irritants, damaged cells or pathogens.  It is a physical manifestation of the body’s attempt to rid itself of these harmful entities and to then begin the process of healing.

Many people believe that inflammation and infection are the same thing. In actuality, infection is the cause of inflammation. If an infection is present, the body’s defense mechanism is to try and flush it out, which causes the corresponding inflammation. There are five classic symptoms: swelling, heat, pain, redness and loss of function.

Although inflammation most of the time is a sign of your body working properly, inflammation can be painful and irritating. If your face becomes easily flushed and irritated, you will want an anti-inflammatory on hand to decrease your symptoms. Since caffeine has natural anti-inflammatory properties, many luxury skin care lines such as Vine Vera incorporate caffeine into its products, like the Resveratrol Eye Collection Dark Circle Eye Cream.

Anti-Aging Properties

Caffeine also has a direct anti-aging effect on your skin. The caffeine in topical skin care products constrict the blood vessels, essentially tightening your skin and reducing the signs of aging. After using a caffeine-rich skin care product, you will see a noticeable difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  Caffeine will also help in reducing puffiness and those dark circles under your eyes.

With caffeine’s anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, it is easy to see why the skin care community is so excited about this ingredient, not to mention why this natural ingredient is in Vine Vera skin care products. Learn about more of the natural ingredients found in Vine Vera skin care products and see how we can help beautify your skin the right way.

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