Why We’re Buzzing About Caffeine in Skincare & You Should Be Too
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a naturally occurring plant compound with benefits that go beyond your daily cup of coffee in the morning (or espresso martini at night). When applied topically, this water-loving molecule has a variety of skin care benefits. Caffeine’s small molecular size gives the biologically active ingredient exceptional penetration abilities, delivering benefits directly into the skin.
Skincare Benefits of Caffeine
Decreases appearance of puffiness
Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it temporarily shrinks blood vessels, improving microcirculation. This shrinking effect temporarily reduces inflammation and puffiness, which is why you are likely to see caffeine as the star ingredient in under-eye treatments, where many of us tend to run puffy when we wake up.
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Helps skin appear smoother and firmer
Caffeine's shrinking effect does way more than decrease puffiness, the (temporary) effect also works on the appearance of your pores. While we’ve all learned by now that you can not “open and close” your pores, you can make them appear smaller with the help of caffeine. Caffeine can temporarily minimize the appearance of your pores, helping your entire face appear smoother and firmer - perfect for a date night or red carpet moment.
Brightens skin for a healthy glow
Back to vasoconstriction - if it isn’t clear yet, this single function of caffeine provides an array of skincare benefits. When the blood vessels in the face shrink, it creates a brightening effect on the skin. This instantly rejuvenates dull skin and provides you with a healthy glow. It is important to note that while instantaneous, this effect is temporary and will not reduce dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
Contains damage-fighting antioxidants
Caffeine is rich with antioxidants - which help break down free radicals, especially when exposed to UV light. This makes caffeine a great addition and boost to your favorite SPF, not a replacement.