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Most of us are familiar with the concept of getting a caffeine fix to wake us up in the morning, but what about using it to pep up our skin too?

Sound a bit odd? Well, if your mind’s now conjuring up images of people in their PJs, splashing coffee on their faces first thing, then, yes, it is a tad bit unusual. But there are other ways to get your facial caffeine fixes, you know.

You may not realise this, but caffeine is currently right up there in the list of trending skin-boosting ingredients.

Caffeine skincare’s a big deal right now

That’s because, believe it or not, caffeine does to your skin, what it does to your brain and body. It provides you with that pick-me-up effect. In fact, when applied to skin, it’s capable of energising complexions.

Caffeine helps to reduce puffiness and dullness. It can also potentially minimise the appearance of redness too.1. But caffeine’s skincare powers don’t stop there.

It’s a powerful antioxidant and when applied to our skin topically. If your skin’s lacking in the moisture department then, cue caffeine, as it can help enhance skin hydration. Try adding it to a body scrub for smooth, energised skin.

Using caffeine on your skin

Before you start grinding up coffee beans to pop on to your face or sprinkling some instant granules into your moisturiser, wait a minute…

You see incorporating caffeine into your skincare routine is relatively easy to do due to the fact there’s a whole range of caffeine-packed products on the market. We already know about caffeine shampoo for our hair, which have been joined by skincare products, ranging from caffeine eye cream and masks, to body soap and moisturiser.

Caffeine eye cream’s one of the products that’s generating a lot of hype. This is because caffeine lends itself well to being in eye creams and serums. In practical terms, it:

  • Wakes up the skin

  • Softens any puffiness and reduces the appearance of tired skin around the eyes

A quick one minute lesson in using caffeine eye cream

The skin around your eye is incredibly delicate, so it’s important to gently dab any cream, whether it’s caffeine eye cream or another product, to this area. Never pull at it and always apply the cream according to the guidance.

For instance, Q&A’s Caffeine eye serum, which combines probiotics, caffeine, green tea and pomegranate, should ideally be used once in the morning and again in the evening. Once applied, it works in a number of ways.2

Q&A Caffeine eye cream benefits:

  1. Depuffing, boosting circulation and brightening dark circles.
  2. Reducing water retention.
  3. Naturally aiding and toning the delicate under-eye skin.

Which skin types does caffeine work best with? 

Most caffeine skincare products, the Q&A Caffeine eye cream especially, is suitable for these skin types:

  • Oily skin
  • Normal skin
  • Combination skin

Should you be adding a shot of caffeine to your skin routine?

Well, as you’ve most probably guessed by now, caffeine skincare is not to be sniffed at. There are widespread studies that highlight the effectiveness of it.

Caffeine’s been in most people’s lives for a long time, and now it’s one of the active skincare properties that’s on everybody’s lips (not to mention their faces and bodies). If you want to feel some of the benefits of it, then give it a try, but make sure you do a test patch first, just to be doubly sure it suits your skin.

For more insight on caffeine, check out this article, ‘Does caffeine affect the absorption of vitamins and minerals?’

Last updated: 31 July 2020