Hi lovelies! We are entering the winter season and we all know the effects of the harsh wind on our skin. It is also the time for us to take extra care of our skin and give it the necessary attention.
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We are entering the winter season and we all know the effects of the harsh wind on our skin. It is also the time for us to take extra care of our skin and give it the necessary attention.
We all like to try some wonderful skincare products to have a glowing, smooth and hydrated skin with the best products. But what if I tell you that the best product for your skin is find in the cup of what you are sipping this morning? Or what you sip every morning.
If you believe like me that “less is more” then you will be glad you are reading this article.
Your morning cup of coffee or tea contains caffeine which has a lot of health benefits but do you know what these morning cups can do for your skin?
Sources of caffeine
Caffeine is an alkaloid occurring naturally in some 60 plant species such as cocoa beans, kola nuts, tea leaves and coffee beans are the most well. Caffeine is also found in caffeinated beverages such as cola, energy drinks, dark chocolates, decaffeinated coffee (in minimal amount). Read more here.
The amount of caffeine in each compounds varies a lot . While roast and ground coffee has an amount of 65 mg caffeine per cup, green tea for example has an amount of 12mg caffeine per cup. Matcha Green tea has 65 mg er cup which is higher than the amount found in green tea.
Cocoa powder and chocolate also contain caffeine but in a smaller amount.
Cocoa powder is roasted raw cacao that has been ground into a fine powder. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cocoa powder naturally contains a substantial amount of caffeine. A 100-gram (or 3.5 ounce) serving of unsweetened cocoa powder has 230 milligrams of caffeine. This power-packed ingredient promotes a healthy digestive system and is good in reducing high blood pressure.
What are the benefits of caffeine in skincare
Now a lot skincare products contain caffeine due to its anti-aging benefits. From moisturizers to skin treatments our favorite products contain coffee bean extract, black tea, and green tea are all used in. But can this everyday energy booster do more for the skin than reduce wrinkles?
1. Prevent anti-aging
Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage the cells in your body. They are also responsible for causing premature aging of the skin, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and loss of skin elasticity. The antioxidants contained in caffeine attack an eliminate free radicals to improve the general appearance of your skin. The number one reason why you need caffeine in your skincare!
2. Fights inflammation
Caffeine possesses anti-inflammatory properties that make it useful in reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. Using caffeine in skincare products can reduce and prevent inflammation and redness and give you beautiful, even skin tone.
3. Repair UV damage
Studies have indicated that caffeine may also repair the skin damage caused by exposure to UV rays. It is considered a stronger antioxidant than the polyphenols contained in green tea. In fact, it is among the best and strongest antioxidants to combat UV damage.
4. Fight rosacea
A topical application of caffeine helps in blood circulation and work as a powerful antioxidant. It has the ability to calm irritated skin caused by sun damage and rosacea.
Caffeine constricts (contracts) blood vessels to reduce redness. This makes it an ideal treatment for facial flushing and Rosaceae.
5. Minimize dark circles and reduces puffy eyes
Caffeine possess anti- inflammatory properties that help to reduce puffiness and inflammation associated with dark circles. Dark circles are caused by various factors such as dehydration, allergies, lack of sleep or even in people with genetic predisposition. Caffeine also reduces the accumulation of blood under your eyes which contribute to dark shadows.
Don’t throw away tea bags from your freshly brewed tea. Place them under your eyes for 5 minutes to reduce puffiness and dark circles. A simple way to treat your skin with caffeine without spending too much.
6. Tighten skin
Another added benefit of caffeine is that it tightens fine lines. Caffeine used in creams is absorbed by your skin to firm and tighten its appearance. It also inhibits the growth of skin cancer cells. No doubt, a lot beauty products often include caffeine as it can provide you with a flawless appearance.
DIY green tea and oats face mask
If you are interested in a more sustainable way of living, you can try my favorite homemade face mask which contains Matcha green tea, perfect for those days when your skin feels dull and tired. 1 cup of Matcha green tea contains 10 times more antioxidants than regular brewed green tea. It is high in chlorophyll, packed with antioxidants to prevent wrinkle and contribute to even out your skin tone. Rosewater helps to maintain the pH balance of your skin, while Oats cleans and exfoliates your skin. This face mask leaves your skin smooth and refreshed.
2 tbsp green tea (you can buy it here)
2 tbsp oats (finely ground)
1 tbsp rose water (you can buy it here)
1 tbsp Raw honey
1 teaspoon of almond oil
Few drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil (optional)
Ground the oats into a fine powder. Gently mix the green tea into the oats powder in a bowl with a wooden spoon, add the honey and rose water. Then add jojoba oil and essential oil.
Apply this mixture to your face, leave it on for 10-15 min, then rinse it off with warm water as you massage your face in circular motion to gently exfoliate your skin.
NOT interested in DYIs but want enjoy the benefits caffeine? Here are my best skincare products with caffeine.
VICHY Slow Âge Night Cream and Mask
This cream is multi-tasking and absorbs quickly. It is infused with with a cocktail of beneficial ingredients, such as natural Resveratrol, an antioxidant Baïcalin Root Extract and caffeine.
It’s Skin, Power 10 Formula, VC Effector with Vitamin C
A light serum with brightening effect and pore-tightening effect, good for people who suffer from hyperpigmentation. It contains Vitamin C and Green tea (camellia sinensis leaf extract). I use it every evening. Try it and you will not regret!
Don’t forget to pamper your skin during this winter season!
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