When we think caffeine, we usually think of it being in a nice warm cup of joe in the morning, but would you think of looking for it in your skin care products? For skin care professionals, the answer is “yes!”
There has been an increase of caffeine being used in skin care because of its high biological activity and ability to penetrate the skin. Applying it on your skin has shown to be a great antioxidant, and can reduce cellulite. It is used as an active compound in anti-cellulite products because it prevents excessive accumulation of fat in cells. Here are a few findings of other benefits:
In 2001, a study by the University of Washington showed caffeine had killed UV damaged skin cells, while leaving healthy skin cells normal.
Also, over the years, studies have shown its anti-inflammatory properties, such as when caffeine is placed under the eye, it can help reduce puffiness and dark circle as they are caused by inflammation and poor circulation.
Now, you know why some skin care products have it in their list of ingredients. Most skin care products will have 3-5% caffeine listed.