Caffeine in Skincare Is Up 1854% Since 2018—This Is Why You Need It

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Updated 09/27/19
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Sure, we may all be low-key obsessed with skin acids and retinol, but according to beauty e-tailer Cult Beauty, caffeine is what we're all buying into this year. The website has seen a whopping +1854% growth in sales of caffeine-spiked products since 2018. That's a bigger jump than my energy levels after downing a double espresso. So, why are we all suddenly obsessed with caffeine in our skincare? According to Cult Beauty, it's because caffeine is familiar. We all know what caffeine can do for our tired minds and we want that kind of energy-boosting action for our skin. You see, caffeine kickstarts all kinds of processes when applied topically. According to Dr. Alexis Granite, Consultant Dermatologist at Mallucci London, caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, which means it shrinks blood vessels. This can temporarily reduce the appearance of puffiness, such as eye bags and redness associated with rosacea.

"It also boosts skin circulation, increasing skin radiance and it has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects," Granites notes. Applied to the body, caffeine has a mild dehydrating effect, reducing water content in the skin, and thereby temporarily improving the appearance of cellulite." Keep in mind that if long-term effects are your goal, you might be disappointed. "There is conflicting research as to the ability of caffeine to effectively penetrate the skin when applied topically," Granite says. But if you want to reap those temporary rewards, tackle redness or protect your skin from the environment, then you should add caffeine to your regimen. Below are the 9 best caffeine-infused beauty products.

Inkey List Caffeine
The Inkey List Caffeine Serum $12
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This caffeine-packed eye serum banishes water retention that leads to puffiness, it also packs a peptide punch with the added Matrixyl 3000, which boosts collagen production to tackle pesky fine lines and minimize the appearance of dark circles.

Oribe Gold Lust
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo $46
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Caffeine, alongside biotin and plant collagen, protects the hair from damaging free radicals and gives the follicles a welcome boost. Plus, this is a great dry shampoo for mopping up excess oil without the unwanted powdery residue.

Tan Luxe The Body
Tan Luxe The Body $53
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It's a genius idea to funnel caffeine into a fake tan. What's even more clever is that these drops can be added to any nourishing body cream to turn it into a fake tan. Tanned skin instantly looks smoother, while the caffeine helps to decrease the appearance of cellulite.

The Ordinary Caffeine Scalp
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density $18
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Caffeine boosts blood circulation, which helps deliver much-needed nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles, preventing unwanted hair loss and ensuring your hair is as dense as possible. Simply massage this into a clean, dry scalp before bed.

Milk Makeup Cooling Stick
Milk Makeup Cooling Water $24
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This handy cooling and hydrating stick contains caffeine to boost micro-circulation that amps up natural radiance, takes down redness and leaves your complexion looking energized.

CHarlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body $56
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Like a skincare-infused highlighter for your body, this product contains caffeine, alongside brightening vitamin C and hydrating aloe vera to nourish skin over time, while offering instant skin-perfecting results.

Huda Beauty concealer
Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer $29
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Not only does this concealer cover dark circles with ease, but the caffeine-infused formula makes light work of puffiness too.

Frank Body Everyday Face Moisturiser
Frank Body Everyday Face Moisturiser $22
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Frank Body has built a brand on the skin-boosting benefits of coffee. This face cream combines the micro-circulation-boosting power of caffeine with skin-nourishing Shea butter and a cocktail of antioxidant-rich oils.

Davines Energizing Shampoo
Davines Energizing Shampoo $32
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For anyone dealing with hair loss, a caffeine-packed shampoo like this is a smart addition to your haircare routine.

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