Ingredient Breakdown: Caffeine

It's so much more than what's in your cup 'o Joe.

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

Calling all skincare devotees! We're taking the mystery out of your favorite formulas. In the past we've decoded copperceramidesjojoba oil, and blue tansy. This week we're taking a peek at an ingredient that's common in your morning coffee cup and your skincare products: caffeine.

The ingredient: caffeine

Also known as: an energizing boost to your cup of coffee

Quick take: Just as caffeine gives you a jolt of energy when downing it in your morning cup of coffee, it also is used in many skincare ingredients to stimulate the skin thus making it appear younger and more awake.

Claims to fame: You might see caffeine making an appearance in a lot beauty products hitting the shelves. And although the reviews are mixed about caffeine's ultimate benefits to skin, there's no denying it does deliver some seriously eye-opening results. Caffeine is rich in antioxidants, which as we all know, is excellent for combating signs of aging caused from free radical damage. It also is quite good at calming and soothing skin as it's a vasoconstrictor. This means it has the ability to constrict the tiny blood vessels near the surface of the skin, making you appear less red. And, many caffeine-rich products have energizing scents like cocoa beans to give your senses a boost of energy as well! 

Commonly, you'll see caffeine as an active ingredient in eye de-puffying products and cellulite products. Unfortunately, there still isn't much research out about caffeine's true effects on diminishing either. But, we remain hopeful!

Where to find it:

The Estée Edit Instant Wake-Up Eye Refresh Pack ($12)

The Estee Edit Instant Wake-Up Eye Refresh Pack

With aloe vera, cucumber, caffeine, and hyaluronic acid, this instant eye refresh kit goes to work delivering plumping and anti-redness ingredients directly to tired peepers.

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum ($36)

First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum

Caffeine isn't the only redness-reducing powerhouse in this formula. Colloidal sulfur, aloe, and ginger all work together to soothe irritation and get to the heart of the redness problem at hand.

MILK MAKEUP Cooling Water ($24)

MILK MAKEUP Cooling Water

Designed to give skin a total wakeup call, MILK's cooling water stick is pumped full of caffeine to aid with circulation. Plus, it's recommended to store it in the fridge overnight to add a real cooling touch!

Do you use caffeine in any of your products? Share with us your caffeine-rich beauty finds!

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller