Caffeine, that beloved morning pick-me-up, has found its way into our skincare routines, and for good reason. While many of us rely on our daily dose of coffee or tea to kickstart our day, caffeine has also gained popularity as a powerful skincare ingredient. From reducing puffiness and redness to providing antioxidant protection, caffeine is proving to be a versatile and beneficial addition to your skincare arsenal. Below, we'll explore the wonders of caffeine in skincare, including its benefits for your skin, dispelling myths, and showcase some of our favourite brands featuring that caffeine goodness.
- Reducing Puffiness: Caffeine possesses vasoconstrictive properties, which means it can help tighten blood vessels and reduce the appearance of puffiness, particularly around the eyes. Products like eye creams or serums infused with caffeine, can work wonders in diminishing morning eye bags.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe irritated or red skin. It's an excellent choice for individuals with conditions like rosacea or sensitive skin.
- Enhancing Blood Circulation: When applied topically, caffeine can stimulate blood flow, promoting a healthy, rosy complexion. This boost in circulation can also aid in the delivery of essential nutrients to your skin cells.
- Antioxidant Protection: Caffeine is packed with antioxidants that help protect your skin from free radicals and environmental damage. This protection can slow down the aging process and reduce the risk of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Smooth and Tone: Caffeine can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by improving blood circulation and breaking down fat cells when applied to problem areas.
- Exfoliate and Energize: Caffeine-infused body scrubs can exfoliate dead skin cells while providing an energizing experience in the shower.
Debunking Caffeine Skincare Myths:
Caffeine in skincare give you a “buzz”:
While I’ll take all the extra energy I can get, unfortunately caffeine in skincare does not give you the kick that drinking coffee does. On the flip side, its been reported that caffeine when applied topically, can actually have a calming effect!
Caffeine Causes Dehydration:
Contrary to popular belief, caffeine in skincare products is not dehydrating. In fact, caffeine-infused products can help maintain hydration levels by supporting skin barrier function.
So what are some of our favourite caffeine infused products, other than yours truly?
The Ordinary - Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG: This product is a cult favorite known for its affordable price and effectiveness in reducing under-eye puffiness and dark circles. The addition of EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside) from green tea leaves provides antioxidant benefits.
Kiehl's Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment: Kiehl's offers a range of skincare products for men, including this moisturizer that combines caffeine and vitamin C to revitalize and energize the skin while providing hydration.
Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: This eye cream is a go-to for many people looking to brighten up tired eyes. It contains coffee bean extract, ginseng, and magnolia extract to reduce puffiness and refresh the eye area.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: While primarily known for its vitamin C content, this serum also contains caffeine to help improve the appearance of signs of aging and firm the skin. It's praised for its potent formula and results.
Caffeine in skincare is a trend worth exploring, thanks to the undeniable benefits for your skin. Whether you're looking to reduce puffiness, soothe inflammation, or protect against environmental damage, caffeine-infused products, such as the exfoliating coffee scrubs from Bear & Joey Cosmetics, can provide a refreshing boost to your skincare routine. Just remember to check in with your doctor before using during pregnancy, and always test new products on a small area of your skin before fully integrating them into your regimen.
Here’s to strong black coffee, and smoother skin!
Steph & Peter - Co-Founders
Bear & Joey Cosmetics