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Caffeine Skin Products
When it comes to beauty, caffeine skin products really punch above their weight.

 

The humble coffee bean is more than just the key to your daily pick-me-up; it’s also a powerhouse ingredient for skin. New York unversity professor of dermatology Dr Doris Day says coffee is more than just the beans we roast, grind and drink. “When broken down and applied to the skin, its most potent elements [caffeine and the berries that contain the beans] can fight wrinkles, calm redness and reduce swelling.” One chemist, who’s long been an advocate of caffeine, is Joe Lewis, creator of Priori skincare. He says its antioxidant power was discovered by chance. “Coffee cherry handlers in tropical coffee growing regions, in spite of a harsh sun-drenched environment, have unusually smooth, soft, younger skin on their hands and lower arms because of their exposure to the anti-ageing benefits of coffee cherry fruit during picking and harvest.”
 
Skin repair
Most of us can’t start the day without a cup of coffee – and it can have that same kick-start appeal for eyes too. Caffeine causes blood vessels to shrink and tighten, which helps reduce puffy lids within hours. It will also calm facial redness, and is ideal for those with sensitive skin too. Researchers at Clinique built an entire skincare range, Redness Solutions, around caffeine extract.
 
Cellulite fighter
It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, no one is immune to cellulite. However, a study published in the Journal of Caomsetic Dermatology showed 80% of 130 women who used a caffeine-infused cream for 30 days saw a reduction in skin dimpling. 
 
Plant power
The actual berry (not the seed, which is the bean) is the jewel in the crown when it comes to potency. Priori skincare’s Joe Lewis says this is because the plant has developed antioxidant defences from being stuck in the sun. “It has evolved super rich defence compounds known as polyphenols, and whole coffee cherry is loaded with the most potent mixture.” And there is more good news: US-based dermatologist Michael Gold says caffeine might be useful for helping prevent skin cancers. That is not the green light to toss out your sunscreen, but experts say there is no harm in slathering skin with a caffeine-enhanced cream, before and after a day in the sun.