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  • on 20.08.2012
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Caffeine Cosmetics: Coup or Con?


Caffeine seems to be the new “miracle” ingredient in cosmetic products these days – but what products are available on the market right now and is there any real proof that caffeine works? Let’s find out.

First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller

The First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller claims to make lines and wrinkles around the eyes disappear in a flash and has proved extremely popular. After appearing on the Tyra Banks show, it reportedly sold out on the Boots website within two hours and created quite the furore. Seem too good to be true? Well it might not be! Research suggests that caffeine can reduce the redness of the skin and could actually help people with rosacea – a common and somewhat embarrassing skin condition.

Bliss Fatgirlslim

Bliss fatgirlslim, is another caffeine-based beauty product that’s thought to visibly diminish cellulite thanks to its (not so secret) ingredient. The caffeine molecules are much-loved by celebrities (apparently) and are believed to boost circulation and stimulate lymphatic drainage. While many people rant and rave about the benefits of caffeine, some specialists disagree. According to dermatologist to the stars, Dr. Ava Shamban, caffeine is not successful in cellulite reduction.

Wash With Joe

Wash With Joe is a coffee/mint body wash that can give you your first caffeine fix in the morning. It claims to perk you up and is designed to leave your skin feeling refreshed and revitalised – but then most people feel refreshed after their morning shower, don’t they? The tightening and firming properties of this product are also advertised and its deodorising qualities are promoted. Many people put coffee in their fridge to neutralise the stench – so it can certainly eradicate nasty smells.

Pacifica Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub

This luxurious body scrub helps to brighten and detoxify the skin and is said to have “super-caffeinated benefits”. It’s thought to tighten and tone and removes dead skin cells thanks to the natural abrasive it contains. Caffeine contains antioxidants that are thought to slow down the ageing process and repair damaged skin cells – but can it work when applied topically?

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub is made from aromatic, Indonesian coffee beans and helps to exfoliate and cleanse the skin. It can buffer your complexion within an inch of your life, but is it the coffee that works wonders? Well, a study led by Paul Ngheim at the University of Washington claims that caffeine may protect against skin cancer.

It was found that caffeine interrupted a protein called ATR-Chk1 which caused cells damaged by UV rays (which might later become cancerous) to destroy themselves. When tested in the lab on mice, it was found to suppress skin cancer development by up to 72 per cent. The study does not discuss whether topically-applied caffeine would have the same effects, however.

When it comes to caffeine-based products the reviews are mixed – but would you give it a go?

Still unsure whether to give caffeine based cosmetics a go? Stop by for more advice direct from the beauty experts.

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