Find out how this buzz-booster can reduce cellulite, puffy under-eyes, fine lines and spots.
Oh, coffee. Many of us wouldn’t be without our morning brew, but the buzz-boosting stuff can do more than merely give low energy levels a jolt. Infused in skincare, caffeine is something of a wonder ingredient that’s been linked to a reduction in acne, rosacea, cellulite, swollen under-eyes and dullness.
How? For starters, the stuff is resplendent in antioxidants, which can fight the future signs of ageing and protect your pores from damaging aggressors. It’s also a diuretic, which can make the skin appear temporarily smoother, and a vasoconstrictor, meaning it can dehydrate fat cells to temper puffiness.
That’s why, when scanning the tubs and tubes of your favourite face and body buys, you may well find caffeine’ listed as one of the key ingredients. It’s particularly present in firming body potions, fatigue-fighting eye gels and clever creams promising to lend your complexion that coveted rested glow.
After spying the @frankfeedback Instagram feed of coffee scrub brand Frank Body, it got us thinking about the wonderful things that can come from slathering caffeine on. The page features before and after photos of happy customers who used the brand’s gritty signature buy to buff away eczema, psoriasis and stretch marks.
The scrub harnesses coffee beans, sea salt, vitamin E and cold-pressed sweet almond oil – a blend of potent powerhouse ingredients that target myriad skin conditions. See the results for yourself on their Instagram page, and keep clicking through for more of our favourite caffeine-laced buys. Smoother thighs and perkier eyes will be yours in no time…
Remember when we said that caffeine could dehydrate fat cells, drain and de-puff the skin? Those properties come into their own in Aveda’s energising eye cream. A plant-derived caffeine pampers puffy eyes into a smoother, calmer and firmer state as soothing licorice root works to dial down the darkness of circles over time.
The benefits of caffeine aren’t only found in your mug and your favourite face cream - Bare Minerals has infused its age-proofing properties into its impressive eyeshadows. Veil lids in silky duo shades that range from sultry and smoky to soft and neutral, all while feeding the skin a cocktail of hydrating, puff reversing treats.
For those looking to give their languid locks some body, caffeine is a mean ally that’s been shown to increase visible hair density in as little as eight days. Grow Gorgeous imparts a water-compatible dose in its Hair Growth Serum Intense, which sees high concentrations of volume-boosting caffeine absorbed into the scalp. Working in tandem with a bevy of growth complexes that boast equally impressive credentials, this sweetly scented serum could be the key to a more bountiful head of hair.
No firming cream worth its salt is without a shot of stimulating caffeine, owed to the buzzy stuff’s ability to tighten skin and drain bump-causing toxins. In Clarins’ cult classic lotion, it’s harnessed alongside escine (which boosts those draining effects) to target both early cellulite and the stubborn lumps you thought you were stuck with. Pleasingly cooling on application, it absorbs quickly when swept over limbs and stomachs, making it a perfect pick for weightless daily wear.
Now, here’s a surprise; though a stimulant, topical caffeine has a calming effect on rosacea-ridden skin, as it constricts the blood vessels responsible for facial reddening. No wonder, then, that Clinique has included a thwack in its Redness Solutions Powder. Combined with a corrective yellow tint, it’s a flush-reducing force to be reckoned with.
Made for congested skin tortured by pollution, stress and a build-up of grime, this mask is what we’re calling facial-fresh, zen skin in a tube’. Coffee works with purifying pink clay to drain out spot- and puff-fuelling toxins, resulting in pampered pores that boast a squeaky-clean radiance. A weekly must.
This multi-tasking lotion does none of its three beautifying tasks by halves. Imparting a caffeine hit to bathe skin in a healthy glow, a thin layer makes the perfect day cream, while a thick mask-like slather amps up its hydrating effects. Fight fatigue further by pressing it into pores as you would a primer. Makeup will glide over the top, lock down all day, and look impeccably dewy.