Wondering why your cosmetic and skin care products are suddenly listing caffeine as an ingredient? Caffeine is derived from plants and has a natural antioxidant content, making it a beneficial ingredient. “Caffeine has potent antioxidant properties. It helps protect cells against UV radiation and slows down the process of photoaging of the skin. Moreover, caffeine contained in cosmetics increases the microcirculation of blood in the skin and also stimulates the growth of hair…” according to a paper published by the National Center for Biomedical Information. In a study done using animals as subjects, researchers were able to show that the antioxidant properties of caffeine protected skin cells from cancer caused by UV radiation. With all of these benefits, it’s no surprise that caffeine is being increasingly used in skincare and cosmetic products.
Caffeine is perhaps most commonly found in eye creams that are designed to fight dark undereye circles and to firm the skin. New York City dermatologist Cheryl Karcher, M.D. says that “[c]affeine has been shown to restrict blood vessels.” Eye creams that contain caffeine help to fight against dark undereye circles, puffiness and sagging by shrinking the blood vessels under the skin and making them appear less visible.
Eye creams are not the only skincare product that contains caffeine, more and more frequently facial creams are including caffeine on their ingredient lists. For the same reason that caffeine helps improve your undereye circles, it is also beneficial to your face. If you are prone to redness, caffeine helps to minimize your redness by shrinking the blood vessels, and as an added bonus, the caffeine will help to keep your skin naturally firm.
Because caffeine in skin creams can help firm sagging or loose skin, it is also a common ingredient in lotions or creams that are meant to target and treat cellulite. One of the warnings regarding caffeine is that it can dehydrate you, but when you are looking to fight cellulite, this is a good thing. Caffeine draws excess fluids from fat cells to diminish them and the result is firmer, tighter skin.
Caffeine can be an incredibly beneficial ingredient in your skincare and cosmetic products. It is important to note that the firming effects of caffeine are temporary and are only a short-term solution. Any improvements you notice in your skin will disappear when you discontinue use of a product containing caffeine. Even with the effects of caffeine being temporary, there is no denying that these benefits are available when you select skincare and cosmetic products that contain this antioxidant packed ingredient.