Caffeine in Skincare? What’s The Buzz About?

Caffeine in Skincare? What’s The Buzz About?

08 September 2023


There's nothing better than starting your day with a big cup of coffee. It provides the caffeinated kick you need in the morning to feel energized, alert, and focused, and is the perfect natural stimulant to help wake up and prepare for the day. But what if we told you that caffeine may be beneficial for the skin too?


It may surprise you that caffeine has uses outside of your morning coffee, favorite tea, or soft drinks. It's a simple ingredient added to many different skincare products to help visually improve your appearance and give your face the same energy boost you crave in the mornings. 


Sounds crazy, right? However, there's real science behind the benefits of having caffeine in your favorite beauty care products.  We're here to walk you through everything you need to know about caffeine in skincare benefits and why you should consider looking for caffeine-infused skincare. 

Let's take a closer look at what caffeine does in skincare:



What Is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a stimulant most commonly found in coffee. It's naturally occurring and derived from plants, including cacao beans, coffee beans, and tea leaves. It's packed with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that can benefit the body - so you don't have to feel bad if you're pouring your second cup of coffee for the day. 

For centuries, caffeine has been the go-to for a quick pick-me-up in the mornings to improve mental clarity and give an energy boost. But what does caffeine do in skincare? If you've spent time on social media lately, you may have noticed a "buzz" about caffeine being a beneficial skincare ingredient. 

Celebrities, influencers, and beauty experts share their beauty routines and how they experience the caffeine in skincare benefits. While this may seem like just another fad or trend – there's actual science behind this development. Common skincare extracts, including guarana, coffee, and green tea, utilize caffeine. So even if your ingredient label doesn't say "caffeine," you may already use it in your routine. 


Benefits of Caffeine Infused Skincare



When ingested, caffeine has a stimulating effect on the body. However, when applied as a topical, there are different notable effects for the skin you can benefit from, including:


Natural De-puffer


Struggling with dark circles, puffiness, or under-eye imperfections? Caffeine is a common core ingredient used in eye creams, serums, and eye masks designed for the fragile skin under your eyes. In the same way that caffeine is used in coffee to wake you up in the morning, caffeine awakens your complexion and improves your under-eye appearance. 

Many people struggle with puffy eyes when they wake up. These result from fluid retention, dehydration, or poor sleeping habits. With an eye cream infused with caffeine, you can depuff and rehydrate the fragile under eye skin - helping you look more awake and visually improve your complexion before you move on to your makeup routine.


Brightens Complexion


Caffeine has powerful skin-brightening properties. This is because it can help stimulate circulation and improve blood flow, brightening your complexion and improving skin texture and tone. Caffeine is also a potent source of antioxidants known to help enhance your visual appearance. You'll find that caffeine is commonly used in eye creams, face oils, and other caffeine eye serums to help you achieve a natural-looking glow.


Soothe Inflammation


Caffeine has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritation and reduce redness. If you're struggling with redness or skin irritation, applying a caffeine eye serum or cream will help temporarily minimize redness, depuff, and calm irritated skin. 


Antioxidant Boost


Caffeine is bursting with antioxidants that your skin needs to fight off free radicals and reduce skin surface oxidation. The antioxidants maintain the integrity of your skin, reducing your risk of early signs of aging and giving you a brighter, healthier appearance. 

Green tea extract is one of the most common skincare ingredients infused with caffeine. It contains catechins and polyphenols that can help reduce the visual signs of aging and combat free radicals. 


Reduces Cellulite


Struggling with cellulite on your legs, arms, or abdomen? Look for body care products formulated with caffeine to help stimulate blood flow and reduce the appearance of cellulite, helping to smooth and improve the visual appearance of your skin with every use. If you want to use caffeine to reduce cellulite, we recommend looking for a scrub or a body cream you can apply regularly. 

It's important to note that most caffeine benefits for skin care are temporary. If you're struggling with dark under eyes or have dull skin, consider adjusting your daily routine, taking a supplement, or revising your diet. While caffeine-infused skincare will help you achieve that glowing complexion before you start the day, it's a good idea to ensure that other beneficial skincare ingredients also contain caffeine.



How to Use Caffeine In Your Routine



From caffeine eye serums and topicals to coffee scrubs and creams - there are many ways to incorporate caffeine into your skincare routine. Beauty products contain many caffeine-infused extracts, depending on your skincare goals. 

Here are a few common ways to use caffeine in your routine:


Eye Patches


If you're struggling with dark circles or puffy under the eyes, consider applying eye patches a few days a week. These products allow you to take a more targeted approach to your skincare concerns and reawaken your complexion. Eye patches usually comprise a hydrogel material with nutrients that help depuff, rehydrate, and reduce pigmentation. 


Green tea extract is the key ingredient in The Eye Patches, which we designed to work quickly and efficiently. Green tea extract contains antioxidants and caffeine to help reduce undereye bags, brighten dark circles, and calm redness and irritation. During our four-week user trials, 100% of participants agreed they saw immediate results, and 98% agreed they looked more energized and rejuvenated. 


Eye Creams


If you struggle with dark circles and a puffy under-eye region, consider adding a caffeine eye cream to your daily skincare routine. These products target the fragile skin under your eyes, helping you achieve a more plump, youthful appearance with every use. 

While caffeine eye creams aren't necessary for every skincare routine, they have many worthwhile benefits for individuals struggling with delicate skin under their eyes. For the best results, use once or twice a day during your daytime and nighttime routine. You'll also want to apply your caffeine eye cream before your moisturizer to ensure your skin fully absorbs the nutrients.


Coffee Scrub


A coffee scrub made with coffee grounds is a great body care essential that can help improve circulation, reduce cellulite, and stimulate collagen production. The coffee grounds will work to gently exfoliate your skin and eliminate dead skin cells, revealing a smoother appearance with every use. The best part about coffee scrubs is they're easy to make at home and only require a few ingredients. 

Keep in mind: An exfoliant made with coffee grounds is too harsh for the skin on your face, so it's best to stick with a toner or an exfoliant — like The Essence, which is gentle enough to use daily and will provide many of the same benefits as the coffee scrub exfoliant. 




The skin under your eyes isn't the only part of your face that can benefit from caffeine-infused skincare. Many moisturizer creams and oils are infused with caffeine to help brighten your complexion, enhance your natural radiance and soothe inflammation. 


The Light Cream is infused with a bio-optimized green tea extract to help relieve inflammation and inhibit the destruction of collagen. Our lightest, mattifying moisturizer hydrates, strengthens your skin barrier and balances sebum levels on the skin's surface. During our 12-week user trials, 96% of participants agree The Light Cream provides immediate and all-day oil control.



Experience Caffeine in Skincare Benefits With Augustinus Bader



We're here to tell you that caffeine-infused skincare is more than just a TikTok trend. There can be worthwhile benefits for your complexion, especially the fragile skin under your eyes. 

At Augustinus Bader, we only use the best of the best ingredients. Plus, all our formulas are backed by over 30 years of research and clinical studies, so you can feel confident in the products you incorporate into your everyday routine. 

Ready to experience the benefits of caffeine? Explore our selection of skincare essentials today.


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