Saturday, May 14, 2016

How Caffeine Can Benefit Skin

by Claire McCormack

As a working mother with two school-aged children, I rarely have time for a drink (though the desire pops up frequently), I've never been a smoker, I workout regularly, and eat sensibly. Caffeine is another story. And if coffee is my one "addiction" in life, I consider myself lucky. I look forward to my Nespresso every. Single. Morning.

For decades caffeine was seen as little more than an addictive (yet quite handy) drug to be consumed in controlled quantities — a necessary evil without which the world would grind to a grumpy halt.

Then, a few years ago, numerous studies started to percolate declaring coffee a life-extending, brain-benefitting wonder food. It was with great pleasure, and vindication, that I read these studies, knowing I was on to something ALL ALONG. And, really, it all made sense: Coffee is an antioxidant-rich plant so it should be good for you, no?!

Given the beauty industry's obsession with all things antioxidant, it wasn't long before caffeine — in the form of black coffee, white tea, green tea, etc. — started popping up as a featured ingredient in all sorts of beauty products. The science was simple. The same antioxidants that help fight dementia when you drink coffee also fight signs of premature aging caused by light, pollution and free radicals when applied onto your skin.

Caffeine constricts blood vessels, reducing redness (making it an ideal treatment for rosacea and/or flushed skin) and puffiness (hello under eye area!). And — hold onto your venti no whip double pump caramel macchiato — caffeine can even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Because caffeine is a diuretic, creams and serums containing it can temporarily minimize the visibility of cellulite by dehydrating fat cells. This shrinks their size, resulting in a tightening and smoothing effect (less lumps).

Just as drinking a green tea makes you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, using products containing caffeine will leave you *looking* bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, too.

Ready to caffeinate from the outside in? Here are some of our favorite skin and body care picks that will give your dermis a rejuvenating java jolt.

Perk Up Your Peepers With These Caffeinated Cosmetics!


Institut Esthederm Lift & Repair Eye Contour Lift Patches — These fast-penetrating (only five minutes!) under eye masks target all eye areas of concern: bags, shadows, wrinkles, swelling and sagging. An intensive eye treatment that deeply restructures and instantly lifts the fragile eye contour area. Dark circles, puffiness, sagging and signs of fatigue are visibly minimized. The caffeine they contain is part of a decongesting complex that activates circulation and breaks down fatty deposits under the eye, whilst hyaluronic acid repairs, hydrates and improves elasticity. The skin around the eye area is instantly moisturized, protected and repaired. Try them at the end of a long flight, or the morning after a long night.

Cosmetics 27 Eyes 27 – This tube's got coffee and tea! Eyes 27 is incredibly effective at reducing the signs of aging, fatigue and stress that show around the eyes first. Its patented MA2 Complex, a combination of three purified extracts of Centella Asiatica, offers exceptional repairing, regenerating, soothing and antioxidant properties. Black coffee, White Tea Extract and Kombucha cause a draining and detoxifying action. Black Coffee and White Tea Extracts work together to stimulate microcirculation and drain away the toxins and fluids that build-up to create puffiness. Features are relaxed, dark circles and bags significantly reduced and skin's radiance and youth are restored. Especially soothing after an aesthetic treatment.

Get Your Tummy Taut With ...

Mio Skincare Get Waisted Sculpting Body Shaper
. Used every day, this 5-star reviewed caffeine-infused body shaper will whittle your waist and tighten your tummy. Formulated with Rhodofiltrat Delessaria™ and pharmaceutical grade caffeine, Get Waisted's Oat Protein Complex helps to replenish moisture to improve the look and feel of abdominal skin.

Go Green (Tea) With Our Face/Body Combo Favorite


Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish
. This scrub can be used on face and body — it's gentle on body and powerful on face. Unlike many scrubs, no additional soap is needed with it; just polish, rinse and go. Foaming Skin Polish contains fine grains of rice bran and bamboo to exfoliate dead skin cells, while gentle cleansing agents purify and refresh. The rich, foaming texture thoroughly removes excess oils and buildup, allowing skin to immediately look bright, pure and smooth. Ginger root and ginseng extracts balance and tone skin as green tea, camphor and geranium oil calm, nourish and supply antioxidant protection. Skin is left smooth, soft and radiant ... and ready to soak up all your skin care treatment products. There is no other product under $20 that will instantly improve your skin like this scrub.

There's Tea Time For Men, Too ...

Alchimie Forever Antioxidant Skin Repair Gel. Alchimie Forever Antioxidant Defense Gel hydrates, protects and soothes your man's face to leave it feeling soft, healthy and refreshed. Its invigorating oil-free formula features an antioxidant-rich complex of green tea and tomato extracts to counter premature aging. Soothing rosemary, menthol and turmeric extracts reduce inflammation, while panthenol softens and conditions. Ideal for use as an aftershave to prevent ingrown hairs and in sticky summer months when a cream could be too much.