Coffee is a favorite beverage for many of us. So much so, that for many their morning remains incomplete without a cup of coffee. But did you know that your beverage can do more than just satiate your taste buds?
Though primarily known as a stimulant, caffeine has recently gained popularity in the beauty and skincare world. It serves as a powerful and effective ingredient in many skin care products in the form of serums, creams, and more. We have discussed here in detail the many ways in which caffeine can be a beneficial ingredient in your skincare routine. Read on and find out how it can transform your skincare game for the better.
What is caffeine?
Caffeine is an antioxidant as well as a good vasoconstrictor, meaning it tightens the blood vessels. Just like how our cuppa coffee wakes you up, the effect is similar on the skin; it is a stimulant that instantly gives you energy. Along with this, it protects the skin from external radical damage that results in firm and beautiful skin for a longer time. Caffeine is also a microcirculation enhancer which means it can reduce inflammation, and swelling, and calm your skin. As a stimulant, it increases adrenaline production in your body and also blocks the circulation of adenosine which makes you drowsy. Together, it ensures you feel awake and energetic.
Benefits of caffeine for skin
These days many skincare brands boast various ingenious ingredients including caffeine. Time and again, caffeine has proved an effective antioxidant for the skin. Here are some of the major benefits you experience when your skincare routine includes caffeine-based products:
- Reduce puffiness
Since caffeine is a powerful vasoconstrictor, it tightens the blood vessels and as a result, reduces puffiness. It also improves blood circulation which particularly gives relief from undereye puffiness. Though the results are not long-lasting, topical applications can give quick results nevertheless.
- Fat-dissolving abilities
Caffeine gets easily absorbed by the skin and dissolves the fat and converts it into fatty acid. It is then metabolized to give your body energy and releases carbon dioxide. However, it is most effective on subdermal fat and hence not the best way to reduce weight.
- Rich in antioxidants and prevents cellulite
Your skin barrier is protected against external radical damage since caffeine products are rich in antioxidants. This in turn prevents the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles. This is why caffeine is a very popular ingredient in anti-aging products. It also stimulates blood flow and removes fatty acids and over the years, fades away cellulitis.
- Improves collagen production
The production of collagen and elastin is improved in your skin, especially by using green coffee bean oil. The oil is rich in amino acids which stimulates collagen production.
Are there any side effects of caffeine?
There are not many side effects of caffeine unless you are allergic to it. However, some people, especially those with sensitive skin can experience redness at times. During the initial days of trying a product, redness is a common occurrence as your blood circulation improves significantly.
How to incorporate caffeine into your skincare routine?
Caffeine is found in many skin care as well as hair care products today. Anti-aging creams, cellulite reduction creams, face washes, serums, and eye creams are some of the most common skin care products which contain caffeine. Here are some ways to include caffeine-based products in your skincare routine to reap the benefits of this ingredient:
#1 Under Eye cream
Since caffeine can reduce puffiness and soothe the skin, it is a popularly used ingredient in under-eye cream and serums. Many under-eye creams infused with caffeine are known to show significant results in depuffing the eyes. Moreover, it may significantly reduce dark circles since it constricts the blood vessels around the eyes. Dark circles caused by seeping blood cells in soft tissues are faded significantly using a caffeine-based under-eye cream.
#2 Face wash
A thorough wash right after you get out of bed or get into the bed is refreshing. It gets even better when your face wash is induced with caffeine. The caffeine is readily absorbed by your skin and instantly makes you feel more awake and radiant. Together with ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide, etc, a caffeine-based face wash can ensure your morning starts on a bright note.
#3 Face mask
Sheet masks as well as clay masks infused with caffeine are gaining popularity these days. You can easily relax for some time when the caffeine gets absorbed by your skin and start working to make it brighter and more youthful.
In short, caffeine is a versatile ingredient that is found in many skin care products today. From protecting your skin against harmful external radicals to preventing fine lines- caffeine can do several things to make your skin radiant.