“Caffeine works in skin care to decrease puffiness and improve circulation,” says Dr Zamani. In which case, it is ideal for under-eye puffiness.
It is also anti-inflammatory and anti-aging, because caffeine contains antioxidants to protect against UV-light damage. “The improved circulation that caffeine causes can give your skin a nice glow, as well—and caffeine also can have a constricting effect on blood vessels, which can temporarily improve redness” says Zamani.
The history of caffeine
Caffeine has been lurking in some of our skin-care products for years. Specifically, caffeine in skin care has been studied since the early 2000s, Zamani says. But in the past, people weren’t so ingredient-savvy, as we are now.
At MZ Skin, we are transparent about our formulations and touting the benefits of specific ingredients such as caffeine because we all as consumers are more ingredient-driven and want to know what is in skin-care products.
How do I know if a product contains caffeine?
With regards to caffeine it usually can be easily detected in the ingredients list. “Usually, the ingredient list will say caffeine but other ingredients listed may contain caffeine too, such as green or black tea.
Depuff & Define Contouring Eye Cream is a high potency caffeine and peptide complex to counter fluid and fatty deposits that can lead to puffiness and eye bags. Cellular boosting and pigmentation correcting actives help diminish the signs of shadowing and dark circles. Skin tone is improved by strengthening the cellular matrix beneath the skin’s surface. It instantly smooths, lifts, and tightens to give a more youthful appearance.
Can caffeine help puffiness on all areas of the face and body?
“Caffeine is effective, but has limitations,” Zamani says. “It can help decrease puffiness in the under-eye area, but it won’t necessarily depuff your entire face or help with body bloating. This is because the skin around the eye is so thin.”
But it can definitely be found in body products, and it might have similar smoothing effects on places like your legs. There is some thought that caffeine can help to improve the appearance of cellulite on the body, due to its ability to prevent excess storage and accumulation of lipids.
So, if you really want the benefits of caffeine, focus on your face. The reason is simple: “The skin [in that area] is thinner, so absorption is better,” Zamani says.
What else can caffeine help with?
Caffeine also has the potential to help hair. Especially now with stress-related hair loss on the rise. There’s some evidence to show that caffeine can help with genetic hair thinning because it can penetrate through the hair follicles to stimulate and promote hair growth.
What if I am sensitive to caffeine?
If you’re concerned about how your skin will react, always start with a patch test. We recommend that if you’re sensitive to caffeine, apply a thin layer of the product to a small area of skin to test it out first and make sure you don’t have any reactions.