If coffee gets you up and out the door each morning just wait till you hear what it can do for skin!
For coffee lovers, caffeine forms an integral part of the weekly (and morning!) routine. Whether it’s that soy latte sprinkled with cinnamon or punchy double espresso, caffeine revs up our bodily systems with its trademark boost of energy. So what about harnessing its stimulant powers to revive dull, tired skin?
More caffeine? Yes please!
The use of caffeine in skincare is not an altogether new concept. In fact, a popular practice in Indonesia, coffee is used as a body exfoliant thanks to its diuretic properties — helping to rid the body of fluid and temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Caffeine can also constrict blood vessels, helping to reduce swelling and inflammation, and making it a potent ingredient in eye care products where it assists in reducing puffiness caused by water retention.
“For fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, our Ultra A Perfecting Eye Cream can work to help smooth and refine the delicate skin around the eye area, as well as helping with the appearance of dark circles,” explains Ultra Skin Expert, Tracey Beeby who also draws attention to the ingredient’s considerable antioxidant properties.
As an antioxidant, caffeine has the ability to combat damaging free radicals, helping to preserve the health of the skin. Antioxidants can also play a vital role in protecting against and repairing sun damage.
Another cup? Wait a second
While topical application of caffeine-based skin products can offer fasting-acting properties, drinking too much coffee can actually wreak havoc on the skin. Remember, we’re using caffeine topically for its diuretic properties so too much internally can cause dehydration. The key is to balance intake with water consumption so you can have your caffeine-based skincare and drink it too!
To start your journey to your best possible skin and discuss how you can revive dull or tired skin, visit your local Ultraceuticals expert clinic for a consultation with one of our qualified Skin Technicians.