Have you ever thought about what caffeine can do for your skincare regimen? For example, if the ingredient can give you energy and help you focus, can those effects be replicated on the face? While caffeine isn’t new to skincare products, it might not be as simple as you think. Let’s talk about how it can interact with your face.
At some point, you’ve probably tried coffee in your life. If you’re like most of us, you’re no stranger to absolutely loving (sometimes needing) it when starting your day. You also probably know the basics about its main ingredient, caffeine. When ingested, it acts as a stimulant. That means it can brighten your skin and ease puffiness… but that’s about it. Alternatively, proper sleep does the same.
As skincare brands ebb and flow, so does the ingredients that go into the products. Caffeine has been a buzzy one lately — especially since it seems like common household ingredients are fair game in the skincare market. On the upside, caffeine does positively when brightening, and it contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are always a good idea; they limit fine line and wrinkle-causing free radicals and help produce collagen. Collagen, if you don’t know, keeps your skin from sagging, and is an essential building block for skin.
And if you’ve been hearing about caffeine on the cosmetic side, that’s no mistake either. Some say that the ingredient can help with cellulite when applied topically to skin — ever heard of coffee scrubs? That’s what they’re used for.
All in all, there’s ups and down to using caffeine in skincare, just like there’s ups and downs to drinking coffee regularly. On the plus side, brighter, smoother, skin, and temporarily de-puffy eyes. But negatively, these effects are temporary, and don’t really work for everyone.
You don’t necessarily have to run if you catch caffeine in a new skincare product or one of your faves, but be mindful of its effects, however temporary they may be.