The use of caffeine in eye products has been popular for a long time. Whilst this ingredient can sometimes be found in other skin and body products (particularly in the treatment of cellulite) you will most commonly find it in your eye creams.
The main reason why Caffeine is regularly included in these types of products is due to its ability to constrict the blood vessels, known as vasoconstriction, helping to reduce puffiness and brighten the skin.
The tightening of these fine blood cells assist in making the skin around the eyes look smoother and tighter and also help to lighten and brighten the skin, reducing the appearance of dark circles. Vitamin C in your eye cream is full of powerful antioxidants and will also help to brighten the skin.
Other active ingredients to look for in an eye cream include antiageing peptides, particularly Matrixyl, to smooth out fine lines and hydrate the skin, and Vitamin A to further work on lines, wrinkles and dryness around the eye area.
The skin around the eyes is particularly thin and fragile and will deteriorate during times of illness, stress and with age. Eye creams do not need to penetrate too deeply into the skin around this area to be effective due to the thinner layers of the skin. Whilst most eye creams are designed for this sensitive area, it would be best not overuse a product containing caffeine and discontinue use if any considerable irritation occurs.
Arabian coffee and green tea coffee extract, which also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties can be found in my own eye cream, along with Vitamins A, C and E and a potent cocktail of peptides.
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