Caffeine in Skincare: A Tell-All Ingredients Guide by NUME-Lab

If you think caffeine serves just to wake you up on a rough morning, wait until you see the caffeine fix you’ll get by using it as an active ingredient in your skincare products!

Caffeine in skincare isn’t something new. It’s a well-known traditional skincare fix, especially for your under-eye area. It’s the best natural eye-lift and color corrector. 


Let’s see all that caffeine can and cannot do for your skin!

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What Is Caffeine?

Caffeine is the active ingredient in your morning cup of joy! Luckily, it energizes your skin the same way coffee energizes your body. This antioxidant has excellent skin penetration, so we often use it in cellulite lotions or eye creams. 

Although caffeine has been used for skin health since ancient times, we still lack studies on its exact effects. Beauty trendsetters have divided opinions – some claim it can do wonders, while others point out its temporary effects. 

In any case, we’re here to find the truths and the myths. Can caffeine really wake up your skin as it does your body?

The Science Behind Caffeine

When applied topically, caffeine can constrict blood vessels. This vasoconstrictor feature of caffeine is what makes it so popular as an active ingredient in many eye creams. It can temporarily restrict blood flow under your eyes, thus decreasing the appearance of dark circles and puffy eyes.

Skincare Benefits of Caffeine

Caffeine has been used for its skincare benefits since ancient times, and for a good reason. Today, it’s becoming increasingly popular again as people are starting to realize its many advantages (paired with practically zero side effects). Let’s take a look at them:


Caffeine has skin brightening properties due to two main functions. Firstly, it can constrict veins and decrease blood flow to the area, making it brighter. And secondly, it’s an antioxidant, which might help even out your skin tone.

Decreases dark circles

The vasoconstrictor properties of caffeine make it the perfect ingredient for eye creams that decrease dark circles. Our skin around the eyes is very thin, so the dark color you see is often from the veins underneath. By using a caffeine eye cream, you can temporarily reduce your dark circles. 

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Caffeine’s anti-aging and anti-wrinkle benefits are often connected to its antioxidative properties. We know that free radicals cause premature skin aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Caffeine can fight off these radicals and help you keep youthful skin for longer.

Treats puffy eye bags

The next benefit you’ll feel by using an eye cream with caffeine is improving your eye puffiness. Caffeine boosts blood circulation in the skin, and this is the reason why it’s so effective in diminishing puffy eye bags.

Antioxidative properties

Caffeine is an antioxidant, which means it can protect your skin from UV rays and free radical damage. Free radicals are the main reason for prematurely aging skin. By regularly using antioxidants like caffeine in your skincare routine, you’ll protect your skin and prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

Promotes collagen production

Certain types of caffeine extracts, such as green coffee bean oil, can promote collagen and elastin production in your skin. This adds to caffeine’s anti-aging powers when you use a product regularly and long-term.

Caffeine Side Effects

Caffeine is typically a safe ingredient for most skin types. However, if you have sensitive skin prone to irritations, do a test patch first to ensure it’s safe for you. 

Other than that, the only “side effect” you might experience from using caffeine on your skin is a temporary redness due to improved blood circulation. 

Avoid mixing caffeine with retinol if you have sensitive skin.

Who Can Use Caffeine?

Practically anyone can use caffeine as a skincare ingredient. However, people with the following skin concerns will find it most beneficial:

  • Aging skin
  • Eye bags and puffiness
  • Dark circles
  • Dull skin
  • Skin with hyperpigmentation
  • Skin exposed to UV rays and free radicals

How To Use Caffeine?

Try to use caffeine as an ingredient in clean beauty skincare products containing no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oils, formaldehyde, DEA, TEA, MEA, methylisothiazolinone, alumina, or derivatives. 

We recommend using it as an active ingredient in a high-quality eye cream to feel all of its benefits. 

Use it once or twice a day and apply it around your eyes, as instructed. 

Remember that the skin around your eyes is very time, so be gentle with it. Apply the cream with soft taps rather than pulling the skin.

Caffeine KEY FACTS

INGREDIENT TYPEAntioxidant, Anti-inflammatory
MAIN BENEFITSreduces inflammation, skin brightening, decreases wrinkles and fine lines, helps with dark circles and puffy eyes, fights UV damage, diminishes subdermal fat, promotes collagen production
WHO CAN USE ITeveryone with dark circles around the eyes, eye bags and puffiness, aging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, etc
HOW TO USEyou can use it as a body lotion for its anti-cellulite features or in a high-quality eye cream if you wish to reduce dark circles and puffy eyes
NOT RECOMMENDED FORvery sensitive skin that’s easily irritated (always do a test patch first)
COMBINE WITHVitamin C, Ginseng, Snail Mucin Extract, White Truffle Extract, Niacinamide, Chlorella Vulgaris, Eyeliss, Squalane, Buckwheat
DON’T MIX WITH caffeine works well with all other non-toxic ingredients, but be careful mixing it with retinol if you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritate

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