It is true that caffeine is something that you can always relish in the mornings if you need some boost of energy and to have you completely woken up from your deep slumber. However, caffeine is not solely used for drinking because you can also smooth this on your skin. A nutrient that is commonly digested, caffeine has been extensively studied for the health benefits that it has, although it is strongly debated until these days when it comes to the beauty benefits that it has as an anti-aging serum or under eye cream.
Caffeine: What is Its Famous For?
In year 1820, German scientist Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge first discovered caffeine. Caffeine, which is a naturally occurring kind of psychoactive stimulant that you can find in several plants, like green tea and coffee berry fruit, is being pharmacologically classified to belong to xanthine or methylxanthine alkaloid group. In the plants, this has natural effects of a pesticide on certain insects.
Caffeine and Its Vasoconstrictor Benefits
It means that caffeine has the capacity of reducing the blood vessels’ size. How can affect you? When you are suffering from migraine, your blood vessels can expand or increase in their size. Since caffeine can constrict the blood vessels, this is considered to be something that can bring back their normal size if you take it when you have migraine, lessening the pain brought by headache. Caffeine is also usually used in the formulas of over the counter medicines for headache and is also often used in pain relief medications. Also, there are claims stating that the pain relievers’ effectiveness can increase up to 40% when there is caffeine added in the formula. For those individuals whose skin appears ruddy, or rosacea, the redness can be lessened with the help of caffeine. However, it is not regarded as a permanent solution for the problem.
Topical Caffeine Used in Serums and Under Eye Cream
You have probably noticed that caffeine is one common ingredient in many skincare products for quite some time now. Caffeine that fights cellulite can be found in body and leg creams which claim that they can tone the skin within several hours is something that has been used for several years now. So the question is, what is new?
Well, it seems like that the trend for the use of caffeine in the skincare products is increasing, especially in eye creams. However, those clinical data supporting bold claims like banishing crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles, are still debatable.
Clearly, researchers know that they still need more clinical data but the manufacturers are still continuing to advertise caffeine as the greatest and latest ingredient that has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, particularly for lessening the puffiness surrounding the eye area.
As reported in Aesthetic Medicine News, the researchers are asking essential questions regarding the side effects and efficacy of the topical caffeine. Particularly, Dr. Bernard Gram has questioned the efficacy and safety of the topical caffeine on skin of humans, while Dr Jennifer Linder, a dermatologist, questioned the anticipated long term results of application of topical caffeine.
To date, there are still a lot of controversies being associated with the use of topical caffeine. However, it has been revealed that it works pretty well in some under eye cream products, with partial or no effect at all. It means that the effects might only be subjected and time might just be the one to tell if this will work for you or not.
Filed under: Uncategorized on October 13th, 2012