Spotlight on Ingredients: Caffeine in Skin Care

Spotlight on Ingredients: Caffeine in Skin Care

Cherilyn Cowell on Mar 8th 2019

Spotlight on Ingredients: Caffeine in Skin CareAhhh...Coffee. We drink it in the morning to help us to wake up. We drink it in the afternoon to help to keep us going. We have t-shirts and mugs printed with sayings like "Today's good mood sponsored by coffee". It helps to awaken our brains, stay motivated and focused and just walking by a coffee shop puts a skip in our step. All thanks to the little ingredient known as "Caffeine". A natural stimulant that, when consumed, enters the bloodstream and affects the brain and central nervous system, helping you to stay alert.

There are a lot of skin care products, including products for cellulite, that use caffeine as one their ingredients for this same reason. But does it work? The answer is yes, for two reasons. Applied topically, caffeine is both an antioxidant and a vasoconstrictor (narrowing of the blood vessels). Caffeic acid is a form of hydroxycinnamic acid, which is an antioxidant more effective than ferulic acid (antioxidant). And vasocontriction helps to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles by helping to maintain a healthy blood flow. So, used topically consistently and over time, eye products containing caffeine should help improve the appearance around the eye area. 

Below are just a few organic and natural eye skin care options that will help you in finding one that works best for you:

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100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream - 1 oz. $29 

The Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream by 100% Pure helps to reduce inflammation and increase circulation with green tea and coffee. The lush cream is a strong anti-oxidant with Vitamin E and many happy customers can't stop talking about the lovely scent. 


Beauty by Earth Coffee Bean Eye Cream- .75 oz. $21.99

Recently voted Best In Show by the Indie Beauty for Best Eye Treatment, the Coffee Bean Eye Cream helps to soothe puffy eyes, reduce dark circles and firm the delicate skin with natural and organic ingredients proven to be good for you. 


Milk Makeup Cooling Water Eye Patches - 6 pairs $22

The Milk Makeup Cooling Water Eye Patches make for a hydrating treatment for you to do at home. Caffeine helps to increase circulation, decreasing dark circles and aloe and lavender help to sooth and hydrate the delicate eye area.


Kopari Beauty Starry Eye Balm - .2 oz. $28

Kopari Beauty has taken their infamous use of coconut oil and included it in their caffeine and coffee bean infused Starry Eye Balm. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which will help to plump fine lines and a natural pearlized mineral to help reflect light and bring a brightness to the eye area. 


Fit Glow Eye C Firm - 15mL $79 

Along with Caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid, Grapeseed Oil and Vitamin C pack Fit Glow Eye C Firm with antioxidants that will help to combat free radicals and help protect your skin from further damage. 


Patchology Flash Patch Eye Gels - 30 pairs $50

The Flash Patch Eye Gels by Patchology help to deliver the ingredients where you want them, directly on your eye area. By just applying the Hydrogel patches for 5 minutes, you are getting the potent blend of Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen that will help to cool, refresh and revitalize the delicate skin right around your eyes. 


Graydon FullMoon Serum - 1 oz. $87 

The FullMoon Serum by Graydon is actually a serum for your entire face, but with so many beneficial ingredients, I wanted to add it to my list since it can definitely help the eye area as well. You are talking collagen, hyaluronic acid, oligopeptides, retinol and vitamin C, just to name a few. Use it alone or with your favorite eye cream to get even more benefits (definitely use sunscreen - always).