The Skincare Industry’s Newest Wonder Ingredient
Caffeine is a well-known stimulant found in coffee, tea and in a variety of seeds, leaves, fruits and plants. We have used caffeine to boost our energy and keep us alert for centuries. More recently, we have discovered that when applied to the skin, caffeine works to tighten and energize skin – it promotes circulation and helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite. It also acts as a vasoconstrictor, tightening and shrinking blood vessels, helping to eliminate varicose veins and reduce puffiness around the eyes.
If that’s not impressive enough, scientists now believe that caffeine works at the cellular level to protect the skin from UV radiation and helps the skin eliminate damaged cells before they cause harm.
How It Works
When we expose our skin the sun, it reacts by turning brown, or ‘tanning’ – this is actually a defensive mechanism to protect our skin cells from further damage. When skin cells are damaged by UV radiation, they become stressed, rendering their defensive systems less effective. Repeated stress caused by UV radiation leads to cell damage and mutation which can result in skin cancer.
Caffeine protects the skin in a number of important ways. First, topically applied caffeine offers a different level of protection than sunscreen. Not to be confused with the kind of protection you get from a sunscreen – which only screens the skin from sun – the enzymes in caffeine actually absorbs UVB rays which reduces the production of damaged cells. That does not mean that products containing caffeine alone will protect you from the sun. When looking for caffeine based products for sun protection, select products that contain a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen and apply it according to manufacturer guidelines.
Next, the enzymes in caffeine actually target stressed and damaged cells that can lead to skin cancer – causing them to die while preserving the healthy cells. This unique and powerful function is the foundation of most of the new research and is the most exciting aspect of caffeine as a highly effective topical protective product.
Look for more groundbreaking research and products with a caffeine base – researchers, scientists, and those in the skincare industry are excited about the potential of this ingredient. The prevention of cell mutation from sun exposure is extraordinary and this amazing news has far reaching implications.
Give Your Skin a Boost with Coffee (healthyskinsolutions.com)