Caffeine is a natural stimulant found in coffee beans, tea leaves and other plants. In skincare, caffeine is used to constrict blood vessels, reduce inflammation and temporarily improve the appearance of puffiness and dark circles when applied to skin. It's often found in eye creams and serums, where it can temporarily constrict blood vessels, diminish swelling and provide a more refreshed and awakened look.
Caffeine is a naturally occurring compound found in the seeds, leaves and fruits of various plants, with coffee beans, tea leaves and cacao beans as some of the most well-known sources. It has a long history of use in beverages and has been cultivated and consumed for centuries in regions including Africa, Asia and South America.
Caffeine is generally well-tolerated on most skin, but it's recommended to conduct a patch test when using caffeine-infused products to check for any adverse reactions.
Topical application of caffeine can temporarily constrict blood vessels and help to reduce the appearance of puffiness and under-eye bags.
Diminishes Dark Circles
Caffeine's vasoconstrictive properties reduce blood flow to the under-eye area which may also help diminish the appearance of dark circles.
Soothes and Calms Skin
It has mild anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe and calm irritated or red skin.
Improves Skin Texture
Caffeine's potential to improve blood circulation may contribute to a smoother, more even skin texture.
Protects against Environmental Damage
As an antioxidant, caffeine can help protect skin from free radical damage to create a healthier complexion over time.
When applied to skin, caffeine can create a temporary sensation of alertness and awakeness which makes it a popular ingredient in products like eye creams and morning skincare routines.