Is Caffeine Good For Your Skin?

Caffeine is the ingredient that gives coffee, soda, tea, and chocolate its amp. It’s been a tool for our sleep-deprived society since coffee reached North America during the Colonial Period. While we often turn to caffeine to wake us up, it may also be good for our skin. Caffeine has been shown to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. It’s also a diuretic that dehydrates fat cells making skin look smoother, which makes it good for bags under eyes and dark circles underneath the eyes. It’s also good for your skin because it has antioxidant properties and it protects the skin from free radical damage. Topical creams containing caffeine are good for de-puffing under eye bags naturally. “Coffee is hailed for the antioxidants that are in it,” says Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr. Vicki Rapaport, M.D. “These antioxidants and the caffeine molecule help repair cell damage and are anti-inflammatory, the buzzword of the moment. Drinking it provides anti-inflammatory activity for your cells internally and applying it in creams provides this protection to the skin. It can help reduce the look of fine lines, age spots and saggy skin. It is not all-powerful and won’t turn back the clock miraculously, but it can play a small part in the grand scheme of trying to stay healthy.” Consider sipping coffee in moderation because too much of it can lead to dehydration, preventing the skin from holding onto water, and resulting in a dry, aged face. Better yet, give your skin a java jolt with caffeine-based skincare products. Whether you’re sipping caffeine or spreading the java love on your skin, it’s a great way to keep your skin fresh, smooth, and young. "Caffeine has three great properties," says Dr. Leslie Baumann, professor of dermatology at the University of Miami, on Elle Canada. "It's an antioxidant, it shrinks blood vessels and it dehydrates fat cells." The bottom line is that caffeine can wake up your skin from head-to-toe, especially as an ingredient in skincare products. Sara Novak is a Natural Health Care Expert for Zax Health. Follow her on Twitter at @sarafnovak.