Caffeine for the Skin? How Does It Help?

Recent reports about a caffeine based eye gel say that caffeine is effective against wrinkles and can help women look less than their years. The First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller is hugely popular and claims to be able to “detox your eyes”.

The product manufacturer claims that their product can help to hide the fine lines fanning from the corner or the eyes, dark circles under the eyes and also swollen or puffy eyes by helping to improve blood circulation. The roller ball action of the product applies the caffeine in the area, making the eyes appear fresher and brighter.

Caffeine for the Skin

So what is the truth about caffeine? Does it really have such as dramatic impact upon the skin?

Well we do know that caffeine is a very powerful antioxidant which is the substance that helps fight the free radicals in the atmosphere by reducing cell damage and also helping to reduce inflammation.

Earlier as well, beauty and cosmetic formulations have included ingredients with caffeine as well as others that have high antioxidant properties, such as green tea extract, soy and so on to help reduce wrinkles and combat aging.

Caffeine is seen to constrict blood vessels and decrease inflammation and both these properties help to decrease risk of heart disease.

Where this is particularly useful as a cosmetic product is when it is used in skin care products to be used around the eyes. Since the caffeine can constrict the tiny capillaries under and around the eyes, this can help to reduce puffiness and swelling.

It is also claimed that caffeine has anti cellulite properties that help to ‘melt’ away the subcutaneous fat by topical application of the formulation. There are however two reasons why this is probably a hollow claim – firstly the caffeine is not able to penetrate deep enough to ‘melt’ the cellulite and the fact cannot be ‘melted’ away in any case.

If there is any visible benefit from the formulations, this is probably due to the fact that the caffeine candehydrate the skin and thereby make it less puffy.

So products such as face creams, eye creams, body scrubs, cellulite gels and so on probably do have a small amount of positive impact on skin by reducing puffiness and refreshing skin, however the claims made by the manufacturers should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Also you should be having plenty of water to combat the dehydrating effects of the caffeine.


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